Wood burning stoves are surrounded by mythology. A few decades ago, wood burning technology was primitive. Anyone could be a manufacturer by having a welder and making stoves that didn’t perform as advertised. Since then, wood burning technology has come a long way. Some stoves that were made by unqualified people have cost people their money.
Epa-Certified Wood Stoves Are More Efficient Than Open Fireplaces
A wood stove that has been certified by the EPA is significantly less polluting than an open fireplace. A typical open fireplace emits up to 28 pounds of fine particles per million BTUs. By comparison, an EPA-certified wood stove emits less than 4.6 pounds of fine particles per million BTUs. Not only are these stoves more efficient, they can supplement your current heating system and lower your winter utility bills.
Modern wood stoves burn wood more efficiently and safely. Many include air flow control and multiple burning chambers to reduce smoke and particulate emission. The EPA-certified models also use significantly less firewood than traditional fireplaces, reducing firewood consumption.
They Emit Less Pollution
While wood burning stoves do produce smoke and harmful emissions, the smoke and emissions from wood stoves do not pose the same health risks as those from oil-fired furnaces. This fact is supported by scientific research. Wood stoves produce between 30 and 250 times more solid particles than conventional furnaces and 1,000 times more carbon monoxide per hour than oil-fired furnaces. These compounds have been linked with a variety of adverse health effects and have been classified as air pollutants. They also produce a lot smoke, which is a complex mixture small particles and companions, including carbon monoxide and other pollutants.
The Environmental Protection Agency should certify wood stoves to ensure they are clean. Many older stoves don’t meet the standards so even stoves that are EPA-certified will still emit air pollution. It is better to use an alternative heating device such as an electric fireplace or gas furnace. These can also cool and heat.
They Can Reduce The Time It Takes To Clean Your Chimney
Wood stoves are an efficient source of home heating during the cold winter months. The efficiency of your wood stove will decrease as you use more wood. This can increase heating costs and increase the possibility of a chimney fire. To prevent these problems, keep your wood stove clean and free of ash and creosote.
The combustion of wood produces gases, chemicals, and wood particles that cool the chimney, and create a sticky substance called creosote. This buildup can be removed easily with a basic chimney brush.
They Require Little Air
While wood stoves use wood, they do not produce much smoke, so they are an excellent choice for those who want to burn wood without creating too much air pollution. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, new wood burning stoves should emit less than 4.5 grams per hour. This will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, especially during winter months. These regulations are expected reduce wood stove emissions by 50% within one year.
For combustion, air must be taken from the outdoors. This is usually done through a four inch hole in the wall or a duct attached at the stove. The fire heats the air before it enters the room. You can discharge the excess air in any part of the room. There are three main theories about how the air supply works.
They Can Be Traded In Or Traded In
Trading in your old stove can help you save money and get rid of it. Some companies will buy your old stove and give you $300 off a new stove. These companies offer both certified and non-certified stoves, and will recycle the old ones. There are also a number of local retailers who will accept your old stove. Make sure you don’t burn wood in your stove and take the doors off. It is also important to know that in some places, there are restrictions on the use of old stoves and fireplaces.
Many states have incentives and tax credits that can be used to buy new stoves. These programs are meant to encourage homeowners to buy new, cleaner-burning stoves, which contribute to the improvement of the air quality. These programs may offer trade-in incentives to homeowners who have old stoves. However, only if they can be traded in for a lower-emitting model.