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High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...heating solution . Burning firewood and other biomass fuels are a way to gain that independence. Heating efficiently with biomass fuel (wood, grain, seeds and manufactured fire logs) The good news is, improvements in stove and fireplace technology have been so dramatic that burning wood or biomass fuel for heat can...

Net Zero Energy homes Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...with engineered wood and expanded polystyrene which achieve an insulation value of R-42. These walls are structural engineered wood columns coated with Pink Wood, a non-toxic coating which make the columns fire resistant, water resistant, and mould-free. The neighbouring home to the East is being constructed using 16...

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

...heating with a high efficiency and electricity free 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...

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 burner: Heating with wood does not instantly make you an enviro-villain unless you live on an island with one remaining tree. Wood is a renewable resource and fairly abundant in most areas, certainly for rural wood burners. Trees absorb carbon as they grow and they release it when they decompose. Burning wood ...

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

...wood combustion relies on getting the wood temperature up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit as the water in the wood begins to boil, then evaporates. As we explained in our Guide on efficient heating of swimming pools, evaporation takes a lot of energy - which goes against the grain where burning wood for heat goes, so first r...

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

...wood pellet stove sales in that area went through the roof with people wanting heat security at home, particularly the people who may have lived in a school gymnasium or with their in-laws for those two gruelling weeks. Wood stoves only create an air quality issue when there is a high concentration of them in urban a...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

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

...wood there is a taboo against burning softwood, but you should keep that in perspective. In British Columbia or Washington State, most people who heat with wood only use softwood simply because that is all that is available. We happily encourage comments from both softwood and hardwood users below, so we can settle thi...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...Heating during off-peak hours: If you rely on radiant heat from thermal mass such as heated concrete floors, this can make heating with electricity a more realistic option in regions with high peak rates. A radiant floor can be charged with heat overnight during low rate hours, and timed to stay off during peak rate ho...

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?

...wood with character for repurposing, others might actually be poisoning the air in our homes! We've even heard from some of our Australian and New Zealand readers with "inside knowledge" to say that down-under at the moment, all shipping pallets coming into customs from the East are being fumigated with toxic cocktai...

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?

...heating systems being tested: House A Heated with a 10.5 kW (3 ton) high-efficiency variable capacity air-to-air source heat pump manufactured by Mitsubishi™ with a direct expansion coil air handling unit (AHU) and a multi-speed fan to supply warm and cold air for space heating and cooling. House B Heated with ...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...with air conditioning in homes can rot walls because of the condensation they may cause. This is why if you have a newer home with a vapor barrier, you may be better waiting until the exterior siding needs replacement then installing a continuous rigid panel insulation to the exterior under the finish, along with an ER...