Fireplaces, Stoves & Furnaces

Combustion heating: furnaces, gas, pellet and wood stoves

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High efficiency fireplace

Choosing the right wood stove or fireplace

Making sense of fireplace and wood stove specifications and knowing how to choose the right one for you.

Wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating

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 ...

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 ...

Choosing the right firewood

Burning the right firewood

Dense hardwoods like maple, oak, birch and cherry are some of the better woods for heating. Different species of wood are available in different areas, so th...

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.

Thermal batteries for passive solar design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

Just as a regular battery stores electrical energy, a thermal battery stores heat. Solar heat can be collected, stored and distributed later as needed.

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications

Understand the performance characteristics and limitations of insulation before you make a purchase.

Timber frame construction

Wood frame construction

Undeniably the most ecological framing material, wood is both a renewable resource and one that serves to reduce greenhouse gas emissions when used in place ...

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.

Snowboarder, Mike, Basich's, off-grid cabin in the woods with hot tub

Off-grid tiny house in the heart of the Sierras.

With a hot tub, personal chairlift and the mountainous playground in his back yard, snowboarding pioneer Mike Basich re-defines what a truly rich life looks ...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

Flame retardants are found in almost all manufactured materials. They pose a serious health risk yet are virtually useless for preventing fires.

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