Wood moisture content / Guides

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

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

...wood? Before we get into which wood is best for burning, or which wood burns the hottest as a home heat source in a wood-burning stove or fireplace, remember ...

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 for heat goes, so first rule of wood burning in stoves or fireplaces is; Burn Dry Wood! Maximum moisture content should be considered around the 15-20% ran...

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 pellet stove by reading here . Built-in wood stove or freestanding wood stove: Built-in wood stoves look more like a fireplace from the days of old, on...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...moisture content of materials. Being sealed on all sides by wood and plaster further protects panels from weather during construction, and the quick installatio...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...moisture protection for this wall assembly will mean moisture will migrate inwards. Mineral wool is not harmed by moisture, but there may be additional heating ...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...wood. It could in theory last longer, along with mineral-based powder wood treatment, but applying durability measures with any type of wood is the only sure-fi...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...moisture sensitive and should not be installed where it will be exposed to moisture. Despite how commonly it can be found insulating foundation walls, it should...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...moisture than XPS, but it doesn't retain moisture to the same extent because of it's more closed cell structure and it's breathability which lets it dry out. Tw...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...wood siding products Composite wood siding © Céline Lecomte Composite wood refers to the repurposing of waste wood into usable sidin...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...wood combustion process and how burning firewood can be eco-friendly Burn the right fuel with the right moisture content. Details below. Open fireplaces: ...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...wood stoves. Power is generated onsite by photovoltaic solar panels and wind, propane is typically used for cooking, and in colder climates water heating. R...