Cutting firewood / Guides

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

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

...firewood early in the season is often helpful for getting a quality product at the right price. By the late fall when people without a secured supply are nervous and scrambling for firewood, the price often goes up and the quality goes down. It might be worth getting a moisture meter to check your firewood, especiall...

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

...cutting the firewood yourself or buying it in - because if you're buying wood in then check in your local area what size of wood is most common in terms of length - usually 16". Some of the smaller high efficiency wood burning stoves from European manufacturers only take a 12" log, and in certain areas because of the e...

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...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...firewood and how it has been seasoned or dried and stored is also a big factor in the potential heat output. Read a guide here on choosing the best firewood for the highest heat output , or see our guide on choosing the best wood-buring stoves or fireplace inserts here , both from the EcoHome Green Building Guides