Burning / Guides

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

...Burning wood releases carbon, but only about 20% more than if you leave a tree to rot on the forest floor. That isn't to suggest that burning wood as a heatin...

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 i...

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...

Plastic in landfill
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Turning Waste Plastic Into useable Fuel

...burning fossil fuels. The difference in this case, is that these fossil fuels have effectively seen the end of their useful life, and are now clogging up our la...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...burning of fossil fuels, the efficiency is only about 30%. There is also significant loss from transmission lines, so the overall energy efficiency of electric ...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...burning stoves and fireplaces, see here. Other wood burning heating tips: Ensure your stove and chimney are properly installed by a professional. Instal...

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

...burning stoves and fireplaces do still add ambiance to any home, making it frankly more "homely", so If you do want a wood burning stove or chimney insert & nee...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

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

What is Shou sugi ban siding? © Resawn Timber Co. Shou sugi ban is an ancient Japanese carbonized wood finish created by burning the surface of wood to...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...burning it off, build with it. Not only is it local, you can save money. 4. Look into small eco-developments An increasing number of green communities are p...

LED filament bulbs
Lighting

LED filament bulbs

...burning your fingers on occasion and they will also help with comfort in summer months - having ten 100 watt incandescent bulbs turned on in your home is like t...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...burning fireplace. All recyclable materials were hand sorted and brought to a recycling depot. New high performance building materials : Fibreglass-framed...