Friday, April 10, 2009

Clean woodburning stoves

What makes a woodstove clean burning
Wood smoke is unburned fuel, some of which accumulates in your chimney as creosote while the remainder exits the stack as smoke. The key to reducing air pollution from woodstoves is to burn fuel more completely.

Three things make a stove clean burning:

a. How it is designed.

b. How it is installed.

c. How it is operated.

Some stove manufacturers use catalytic combustors to burn fuel more completely while others use a variety of design features such as baffles, secondary combustion chambers, and introduction of secondary air.

EPA-certified stoves offer 70 to 90 percent reduction of particulate matter over the older conventional model stoves. This is based on laboratory testing.


shirleyb28 said...

There is no safe level for wood smoke emissions. I can't see how any wood burning stove can be clean burning. It is impossible.
I think it is high time that all municipalities give some thought to banning all wood burning in residential areas. Some have already begun to do just that! I fail to see how the public interest is served by permitting the unnecessary fouling of the air we all have the need to breathe. Wood smoke emits over 9600 percent more lead than natural gas, and considerably more mercury and other toxicants. If more people knew that these toxics and even arsenic is in wood smoke, they might think twice before lighting the match.
If laws were in place to ban wood burning the world would be a healthier place for all of us!
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Tim Cork said...
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Tim Cork said...

Thanks for your comments and opinion.
However, the purpose of my blog is not to debate with you or promote wood burning.
It was designed to help those who burn wood as a fuel for heating their homes, so they can improve the quality of air we breathe by burning their appliances smarter.
Your comments and opinions should be addressed to those who can do something about it or explain to you their points of view on the subject.