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Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns, the stages and processes, & how to get the best heat for your $ 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 ever tried to burn wet or unseasone…

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

Making sense of fireplace and wood stove specifications and knowing how to choose the right one for you if you're looking to burn wood for minimum environmental impact & maximum heat output.… Wood Burning Stoves - which are best & which burn cleanest? Reading the specifications of a wood stove can be rather complicate…

Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

Short of a wood stove, pretty much all heating systems require power to operate. So in the event of an apocalypse (zombie, climate, asteroid, etc) these two pellet stoves can keep you warm when the power goes out.… These Wood Pellet Stoves need no electric! Burning wood to heat a home does not make you an eco-terroris…

Natural gas fireplace

Heating with natural gas

During the combustion process, natural gas is the most efficient and least harmful of fossil fuels. How affordable or ecologically responsible it will be in the future depends largely on supply and sourcing.… The clean burning process and price has made heating and cooking with natural gas quite popular in the last co…

Choosing the right firewood

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

Dense hardwoods like maple, oak, birch and cherry are some of the better woods for heating & burn hottest. Different species of wood are available in different areas, so the best firewood will vary by location, see below...… First Rule for Firewood? Before we get into which wood is best for burning, or which wood burn…

High efficiency wood stoves

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

Improvements in stove technology have made wood and biomass fuel a more popular and efficient heat source.… There has been an increase in the use of wood and other biomass fuel for heating homes across the colder parts of North America & Canada for the last decade. In Eastern Canada and the USA in particular this tren…

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates can't work because they contradict the laws of physics.… I'm not the Mike Reynolds who invented the Earthship, I'm the Mike Reynolds who thinks Earthships in Canada and other cold climates are a bad idea. A coincidence of names; just putting that out there so Th…

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

Comparing the performance of air source heat pumps and ground source geothermal heat pumps at the Living City Campus Archetype Sustainable House to discover which is the best option… Air Source Heat Pumps, and are Ground Source Heat Pumps "Geothermal?" First let's clear up some confusion on terminology regarding heat …

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

Shou sugi ban burnt wood exterior cladding is naturally made, very durable & originated as a Japanese wood finish for homes revealing the beauty of the natural preserved timber… What is Shou sugi ban siding? © Resawn Timber Co. Shou sugi ban is an ancient Japanese carbonized wood finish created by burning the surfac…

Heating an off-grid home

Off-grid heating systems

Post 3 in Craig Anderson's off-grid living blog covers heating systems - what worked, what didn't, and what changes were made.… This is the third post in a blog series called Sunshine Saved written by Craig Anderson as he  documents the design and construction of an off-grid LEED Gold passively-heated home.  Being a n…

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

A certified Passive House in North America & Canada can be certified by the Passive House Institute PHI or PHIUS, the US certification system. Discover the differences to decide which Passive House certification is best for you...… What is Passive House certification? The term “Passive House” was once obscure jargon u…

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