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Top reasons why wood burning stoves are better for our environment

Wood burning stoves have many benefits – they are cheap to run, provide an efficient source of heat and offer a beautiful focal point for a room. However, perhaps the main advantage of modern woodburners that has been put forward in recent years is how good they are for the environment. The “green” benefits of burning wood are gaining wider and wider support. Burning the fuel cleanly only releases the same amount of CO2 into the atmosphere from a tree as when it is left to rot naturally as it would do at the end of its lifecycle. What is more, harvested trees are replaced with new trees, which in turn absorb CO2 in the process of photosynthesis as they grow. The important aspect of this argument is that the wood is burnt correctly, using a modern, efficient stove that employs secondary and even tertiary burning. As a result of these extra burning systems, as much of the combustible material as possible is used to generate heat. To get the best from any wood burning stove it is important that the wood which you burn has a moisture content of less than 20% – otherwise some of the heat is wasted boiling the water in the wood instead of generating warmth. In fact burning wood with a moisture level of below 20% will give twice the heat output of freshly felled timber, and will also help to reduce a build-up of tar in your flue. To achieve this correct moisture level, the wood needs to be “seasoned”, ie, kept for about two years. So a decent outside storage unit...