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...

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 [email protected] thing going” If you’ve ever tried to burn wet or unseasoned wood in your fireplace you’ll know how very frustrating this stage can be . Gathering crumpled paper, kindling, an armful o...

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 need to load it a lot more often. Stoking your fire with maple or oak at night might leave you with a bed of coals in the morning, loading the same volume of p...

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

How to Build Homes & Protect Homes to Stop Wildfires
Concept and design

How to protect your home from fire - a burning need to know.

...firewood piled against the house, fencing and sheds attached to the house, trees close to the house and so on. Recent studies found that wind-driven embers hit the house and drop to the ground at the wall, which is where they set fire to anything combustible. Wright pointed out that the houses that survived the Parad...

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 pellet stoves require power to feed the hopper. You could rig up a small PV solar panel to run it; optionally, there are a couple of models of pellet stove tha...

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...

Choosing a building lot

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

...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 there all the time to run the wood stove, meaning that the boiler system really needed to carry the load. The issue is that the system requires a constant, and qu...

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...

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

Off-grid living blog part 6 - 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 1,400 kWh. This figure is actually a significant underperformance for our expected solar electric contribution for a couple of reasons. First, the batteries didn'...