Choosing the right wood stove / 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

...wood pellet stove by reading here . Built-in wood stove or freestanding wood stove: Built-in wood stoves look more like a fireplace from the days of old, only with the inclusion of a glass door (as seen in the main image above); free-standing wood stoves are the ones with legs and a visible flue pipe. All the same ...

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

...the bottom line being that having selected the right wood, you then need to accurately control the burn temperature and oxygen level to optimize the combustion process. This means that choosing the right wood burning stove or fireplace is essential (read more here) , as is choosing the right type of wood for burning ...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...Wood Pellet stoves: A pellet stove looks pretty much like any wood stove, and gives you the same localized heat and ambience. But rather than firewood, pellet stoves only burn compressed waste-wood products, grain, seed or corn. One major difference with a pellet stove over a wood stove, is that they have a hopper ...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

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

...Wood-Burning? Choose a high-efficiency wood-burning stove or fireplace for the most eco-friendly way to burn wood for heat and be sure to maintain your stove or fireplace for optimal combustion. Buying the right stove in the first place allows us to run them at the optimum efficiency level while giving the level of h...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...wood pellet stove, see here , or to help with choosing a woodburning stove, see here , or even, for help in choosing the right type of firewood, see here . For the Nerds amongst us - there's also a really interesting page here, all about the Combustion process of wood . These Guides for Green Building brought you by th...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...the health effects and cost of a kitchen: Melamine faced particleboard, MDF or Plywood: These are by far the most commonly used material for the 'carcasses' or the cabinet boxes themselves that go into a kitchen. Generally, white melamine is used but a wood grained melamine to match the wood doors is not at all uncom...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...the natural phenomenon of the planet, like the sun, like the rain, like the gravity, like the wind, the condensation, the convection, all of the natural phenomenon of the planet are studied and observed and built into these buildings so that they, through encounter with the natural phenomenon become a living breathing ...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...The efficiency of extracting heat from cold air could be compared to that of squeezing a damp sponge to get water. The less moisture there is in the sponge, the harder you'll have to squeeze. So, the colder the air is, the more energy it takes to squeeze the heat out. The average COP of the air source heat pump over ...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...thes right off the rack will often contain many times the amount of formaldehyde that is deemed safe by the World Health Organization. This is another reason for taking hand-me-downs or hitting the thrift stores. Used clothes that have been run through the wash a bunch of times will actually be much 'cleaner' than mo...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...The air you breathe inside originates outside, coming in through air leaks, windows or ventilation systems, so right off the bat the best air quality you can hope for is at 'par' with what is outside. Now take that and add formaldehyde and other chemicals from manufactured wood products, and VOCs (volatile organic comp...