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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...

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...

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 ...

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...

stove hood bathroom fan central vac
Healthy indoor air quality

Removing dust and moisture from homes

...heating moist air requires significantly more energy than heating dry air. When using manufactured wood products for cabinetry, ask for formaldehyde-free plywood then at least the dust produced will be more benign to health. To further protect the air quality in your home, choose formaldehyde free cabinetry materials...

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...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...wood framing, recycled paper (cellulose insulation), and wood fiber insulation panels . Double-framed wall construction with two offset rows of 2x4s studs injected with high-density cellulose insulation that will not settle over time The panelized prefab wall assembly was designed to dry outward, with glued, stic...

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...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...with windows of lower quality, and walls that are not well-insulated. CONDUCTION refers to the heat that moves through solid materials, like your insulation or the wooden studs on either side of it. When a high-conducting material like concrete, metal or wood spans an entire wall assembly, it provides easy passage fo...