When comparing heating fuels, wood has a lot of advantages, and there are now more options
The first—and most important—thing any home or business owner should do when considering how to best heat their space is to reduce the building's heat requirements. The less of any kind of fuel used the better: you'll save money on fuel costs; be able to heat the space with a smaller, less expensive unit; and help conserve resources. For valuable information on making your home or business as energy efficient as possible, click on Energy on the menu bar above.
If properly used, wood is an excellent fuel source. From raw material to combustion, it’s hard to beat seasoned split wood as a renewable and inexpensive way to heat our homes and businesses. But if done improperly, heating with wood can put our health, our homes, and our environment at risk.
Like any fuel, wood has its drawbacks, primary among them being concerns about emissions. The key to making the most of
This site focuses on wood stoves, in part because they are the most common wood-fired heating appliance in the United States and, more importantly, because they are the appliance most influenced by the user. That means operator practices can greatly influence how cleanly and efficiently they burn wood. In these pages, you'll find information on buying and drying firewood, best burning practices, health and emissions issues of burning wood, wood stove safety, proper wood stove maintenance, woodlot management, and more that will help you make the most of this valuable resource.
Keep in mind that even though humans have been heating with wood for thousands of years, we continue to make significant improvements in wood-fired heating technology. Over the next couple of years, we expect to see many of these high-tech units hitting the mainstream home heating market.
Last updated July 26, 2019