4 Reasons You Should Consider Wood Heat at Home

by ziggy on October 13, 2011 -- 4 comments -- Follow

I figure many of the readers of this here blog are familiar with wood heat, but perhaps that is just an assumption. Anyway, I want to mention this post I recently wrote for sustainablog about wood heat — it’s called Wood Heat Stoves: 4 Reasons You Should Consider Heating with Wood.

Check it out. I love wood heat, and the benefits are many. What it all boils down to, though, is that nothing really compares to having a live fire in your home. It just feels so… human.

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  • I can see the point, and we’re aiming to use wood in future ourselves, but surely there’s a point where population numbers and the amount of trees available collide?
    Isn’t there a point where a region has so many people that they just cause mass deforestation, even with good insulation or passive solar and hyper effecient rocket stoves?

  • One can imagine that collision quite easily…. but one can imagine that collision with other forms of energy (and heat), as well. Even if it is renewable — solar, wind, etc. — all of those components depend on a wealth of resources.

    Creating energy and heat consumes a large amount of energy (depending on the methods, of course, but in general, energy is not free), and at our population numbers, I doubt there is anything that can sustain such numbers.

    It’s a sad fact, I think.

  • See the Movie “Garbage warrior “,about Mike Reynolds the architect of the “Earth Ships” movement in New Mexico

    He uses a lot of interesting Passive Solar techniques, and although temperatures hover down around 10 degrees or less in the winter there
    he says they rarely use the fireplace,just for cozyness in December around Christmas.
    another consideration is how polluted the air is where you live

    and recycled wood prospects,like burning pallettes etc..
    my additude is ,use wood ,lobby against S.U.V.s

  • Excellent article, ziggy! My parents have been heating their 1300 square foot home solely with wood for the last six years, the last one by necessity as the furnace has stopped working. Whenever I visit or stay with them, I trudge outside in every type of weather condition to help my pop chop wood to get through the winter. Your four reasons are each great, but who doesn’t like to curl up in front of a roaring fire on a cold winter day?

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