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High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...burned. Regularly burning below the optimum burn temperature will lead to a quicker buildup of creosote in stove pipes, increasing your risk of a chimney fire if you do get it up above recommended burn temperatures. All newly installed chimneys in Canada need to be certified and are safe up to 1200°F, though burnin...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

...burning, or which wood burns the hottest as a home heat source in a wood-burning stove or fireplace, remember this: First rule for wood burning? Make sure it's dry or seasoned wood, or most of the heat will be lost on evaporation (like in a swimming-pool) and you mostly make harmful smoke instead of heat! Secon...

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

...burning, a temperature above 950 degrees is needed to burn this carbon-rich charcoal but it can burn with little or no flame at all. When you notice the sound and heat of the embers glowing at the tail end of a fire, it’s actually the carbon burning in the charcoal which is the basis of traditional steel smelting and p...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...burning the surface of wood to preserve it. The final product is also known as Yakisugi (yaki means to cook/burn and sugi is the Japanese name for cedar), but shou-sugi-ban seems to have won as the most commonly used term in English, and it is sometimes simply known as a carbonized wood finish. Usually done with plan...

Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation
Wood stove and biomass heat

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

...burn, how you burn and the stove you choose to burn in. As for emissions - high-temperature fires produce less airborne particulates than low-temperature fires; EPA-certified wood stoves produce less than un-certified stoves and pellet stoves produce less than EPA-certified wood stoves, they are closer to gas stoves in...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...burn it at lower temperatures, creating creosote and more emissions. For a guide on choosing the best woodburning stoves and fireplaces, see here. Other wood burning heating tips: Ensure your stove and chimney are properly installed by a professional. Install a dedicated cold air intake for your stove, otherwis...

Natural gas fireplace
Heating with gas and oil

Heating with natural gas

The clean burning process and price has made heating and cooking with natural gas quite popular in the last couple of decades. However, popularity put a pretty heavy dent in supply, so much so that alternative sources are being explored to meet demand. There are some potentially very green sources of natural gas, but ...

Keyhole Garden
Landscaping

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...burn the plants. Each layer should slope slightly from the inner tower to the outer circle. As the layers begin to grow, build the outer wall to contain them until you reach the desired height for your raised bed. Many keyhole gardens stand as much as 3 feet tall, which offers a nice break for your back during mainte...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...burn temperature of a cooking oil. A flat panel system can be used for domestic water heating, swimming pool heating, or in conjunction with hydronic radiant heaters or radiant floors. The percentage of your heating demand that a collector will provide in any situation depends on solar availability and consumpt...

Electric vehicle charging station
Commuting

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

...burn coal or gas to generate power to charge a car, doesn't that mean you are still driving around on fossil fuels? Yep. However, it's likely most car charging will happen at off peak hours, either because it happens when you are home sleeping, or the added cost of peak hour charging will quickly make you adapt your ha...

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...burn marks, cuts and stains, it will quickly lose its appeal and could lead to you wanting to replace it sooner than you might have imagined while you were installing it. For the Edelweiss House, Canada's first LEED v4 Platinum certified home we wanted something durable and nice to look at as a kitchen countertop, bu...