Stuck on the decision of which type of fireplace to purchase for your home? Previously we went over some new Electric Fireplaces from Dimplex, as well as detailing just what exactly the difference between wood and gas burning is. In our wood vs gas burning article, there was a definite bias towards gas burning as Eco-Friendly heating is on everyone’s mind. We all need to do our part to save the environment. However just because natural gas emits less particles than a wood burning alternative, this does not mean that wood burning is not Eco-Friendly. All of our EPA certified stoves are heavily regulated and with proper annual maintenance you will not run into any inhome pollution.
Today we will discuss several Benefits to Wood Burning Stoves.
Did you know that wood is a renewable resource? Many believe that there is a finite amount of wood to go around but in reality there is a sophisticated system in place that guarantees that a business who sells wood for burning keeps track of the amount of wood they cut down or salvage from dead trees. With this in mind, trees are planted or seeded to make up for the amount that has been cut down. Many wood suppliers must work very closely with the Provincial Government and face heavy fines if they decide to chop down trees without permission.
Wood biomass such as; logs, pellets, wood chips, brush clippings, grasses, and lumber yard waste, can all be purchased and created locally benefiting the local economy of your area.
Many wood burning stoves must meet the EPA(Environmental Protection Agency) Certification Standards. The standards specify a range of Smoke Emissions from 0-12 Grams/KG of Wood Burned. An older style of stove may have smoke emissions of over 28 Grams/KG of Wood burned. From the EPA’s Phase 2 Qualification program:
“Phase 2 Qualified models are cleaner and pollute less than those models that
have not met this emissions level. Exposure to smoke has been associated with
respiratory illness and other health problems. Models that have lower smoke
emissions may reduce your risk.”
Make sure the stove you are looking for is qualified under Phase 2!
Cut Energy Costs
How much is your energy bill? With a wood burning fireplace you can cut your energy bill drastically. The average cost for a cord of Tamarack wood with delivery is $295. In a single cord of wood you receive 128 cubic feet of stacked firewood, it measures four feet high by four feet wide by eight feet long (4 ft. x 4 ft. x 8 ft.), lasting you quite a while. Be sure to shop around for finding the best priced wood of the type you prefer. According to Global News, some heating bills can shoot up to over $700 per month in Winnipeg weather. With a wood burning fireplace you can offset some of that cost and enjoy the cool winter days indoors in front of a warm fireplace.
The atmosphere provided by a Wood Burning Fireplace cannot be stressed enough. After a long day outside in the cold a warm fireplace can be the signature point to your sanctuary. Curling up in front of a fireplace with your loving family is one of life’s simple pleasures. In today’s busy world, we all need a safe and quiet space to go home to. For all of human history, people have gathered around the fire for warmth and companionship. They still do. During the cold winter months, when friends and family gather in the warmth around the woodstove, its presence is part of the experience. Whether it evokes thoughts of romantic evenings spent by the fireplace or the memory of childhood sing-a-longs by the campfire, the wood burning fireplace has an emotional resonance that no central heating system can match. It is more than a mere appliance.