Burning firewood / Guides

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

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

...burning, it's time to turn your attention to stacking and storing your firewood correctly. Stacking firewood properly: Stacked firewood ready for burning © Ecohome Keep your wood high enough off the ground to avoid absorbing moisture. Protect it from rain, but keep the sides open so air can flow throu...

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 wood for heat goes, so first rule of wood burning in stoves or fireplaces is; Burn Dry Wood! Maximum moisture content should be considered around the 15-20% range, so when choosing firewood, make the humidity a consideration as well as what type of wood . Unlike the moisture in soggy or unseasoned logs, volat...

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

...firewood for burning! As a wood stove user, I very much like using pine in the fall and spring for a quick hot fire to take the edge off a chilly morning. It starts up fast, it burns really hot and it's over before you know it. Different tools for different jobs. You may have heard that burning wet wood will clog u...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...Burning firewood and other biomass fuels are a way to gain that independence. Heating efficiently with biomass fuel (wood, grain, seeds and manufactured fire logs) The good news is, improvements in stove and fireplace technology have been so dramatic that burning wood or biomass fuel for heat can be an ecologically...

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

...firewood efficiently, see here . Fine particle emission comparisons between different stoves & Furnaces The downsides of regular wood burning stoves: It can be hard to regulate temperatures; you can't go too far away because they constantly need to be fed; they mostly rely on split woo...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...firewood. Even if you have a forested property and feel you have ‘free heat’, it still needs to be cut, split, stacked and transported. Burning biomass in stoves provides a single point source of heat, so they are ideally placed in a centralized location, and an open concept design will also mean less temperature var...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...firewood. They were supposed to be phased out , so it is not as likely but still possible to find them in circulation - or worse still these may be the pallets that are most often found abandoned at the side of the road. EUR : This stamp may have a history of use with railways, it is not a direct indication of toxici...