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Old December 17 2013, 04:16 AM   #91
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Re: Wood Burning = Illegal

As it turned out, the pilot has been lit all along. I turned on the thermostat and voilà! Let there be heat!
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Old December 17 2013, 09:48 PM   #92
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Electricity/gas ain't cheap, and is it really worse for the environment to burn wood than oil or however that electricity is being generated?
I think it's worse for those areas that are bowls and the wood smoke doesn't dissipate for days or weeks.
This is actually a bit of a sticky wicket... Using wood is actually BETTER for the environment, as it helps thin the forests which are incredibly overdense in most of the country (especially west of the Mississippi River). The cutting of wood for fire/home heating and other purposes opens up the canopy, allowing sun and rain to hit the earth, causing native grasses and vegetation to grow and therby creating better bio diversity and sustainable wildlife habitat. It goes without saying that forest restoration treatments also reduce the severity of wildfire substantially.

Wood is an incredibly green (no pun intended) renewable energy and building material...

Yes, of course, smoke from fire places and woodburning stoves can cause polution, but technology is advancing all the time, that creates a much better environment for clean burning. While home models of these systems are still rather expensive, it won't be long before they are more cost effective. That still doesn't help the old traditional fire place, but I think you'd find that most of the homes that use those kinds of fire places, do so in an ornamental
"There's nothing like a fire during the holidays" fashion and not for heating the entire house.

The average home that uses wood for heating has some form of wood burning stove that can use pellets instead of logs. While it's more cost effective to go out and cut your own logs, pellets are less mess, burn MUCH cleaner and are significantly cheaper than gas, electricity or heating oil.

And yes, I work for a forestry agency - New Mexico State Forestry
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Old December 17 2013, 10:46 PM   #93
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Electricity/gas ain't cheap, and is it really worse for the environment to burn wood than oil or however that electricity is being generated?
I think it's worse for those areas that are bowls and the wood smoke doesn't dissipate for days or weeks.
This is actually a bit of a sticky wicket... Using wood is actually BETTER for the environment, as it helps thin the forests which are incredibly overdense in most of the country (especially west of the Mississippi River). The cutting of wood for fire/home heating and other purposes opens up the canopy, allowing sun and rain to hit the earth, causing native grasses and vegetation to grow and therby creating better bio diversity and sustainable wildlife habitat. It goes without saying that forest restoration treatments also reduce the severity of wildfire substantially.

Wood is an incredibly green (no pun intended) renewable energy and building material...

Yes, of course, smoke from fire places and woodburning stoves can cause polution, but technology is advancing all the time, that creates a much better environment for clean burning. While home models of these systems are still rather expensive, it won't be long before they are more cost effective. That still doesn't help the old traditional fire place, but I think you'd find that most of the homes that use those kinds of fire places, do so in an ornamental
"There's nothing like a fire during the holidays" fashion and not for heating the entire house.

The average home that uses wood for heating has some form of wood burning stove that can use pellets instead of logs. While it's more cost effective to go out and cut your own logs, pellets are less mess, burn MUCH cleaner and are significantly cheaper than gas, electricity or heating oil.

And yes, I work for a forestry agency - New Mexico State Forestry
Good information. Thanks for sharing.
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