Firewood / Guides

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

Understanding how firewood burns, the technical details Stage 1: The Evaporation of Moisture – otherwise known as “getting the d@mn thing going” If you’ve ...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

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

...firewood correctly. Stacking firewood properly: Stacked firewood ready for burning © Ecohome Keep your wood high enough off the ground to avoid abso...

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 affects performance: Hardwood is unquestionably better than softwood as a heating fuel, but the main reason is that softwood burns much faster so you...

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 f...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...firewood is fairly easy to come by, along with manufactured pressed-wood logs that can be found at most hardware stores. Manually-operated pellet stoves: Most...

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 ...

Choosing a building lot
Excavation

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house

...firewood if you are installing a woodstove. Mature healthy trees make for an enjoyable outdoor living space and can add value at a time of resale.

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

Off-grid heating systems

...firewood. The problems associated with the first effort The big problem with our heating system was that it was relatively complex and brittle. We aren't th...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog - energy modeling projections and real performance

...firewood, which provided roughly 3000 kWh of heat. The best measure of our solar electric use is actually the energy used by plug loads during the year, of 1,...