With the rising cost of fuel, we are searching for a less expensive way to heat our homes. Using wood for fuel could be your best answer. It is relatively inexpensive, can replace a major portion of your heating bill and is a renewable resource.
We purchased a house in the spring of 2005 that had a wood burning
After our experience with the Ben Franklin, I had some reservations about using the Earth
Creosote is the one danger the homeowner should be constantly aware of and do everything to reduce the amount deposited in your chimney, stovepipe or flu. When creosote accumulates to a dangerous level it can catch fire. When it does catch fire, it burns around 2000 degrees. I have been told it roars like a jet engine in your chimney. This can crack your chimney tiles; cause your metal chimney to warp and collapse or even ruin the mortar between your bricks causing the chimney to become unstable. This high temperature can radiate into the structure of your home and ignite it resulting in either extreme damage or loss of your home. The company who cleaned my chimney advised me that if such a fire happened you can extinguish it by opening up the door to your
There are numerous web sites with a lot of information concerning burning wood as fuel. The main things to consider when preparing to burn wood fuel are the are amount of heat you can expect, amount of smoke which can relate to creosote, how easy is this wood to burn, how easy does it split if you are doing it yourself, does it throw sparks which can be a dangerous situation if a spark lands on a flammable substance undetected.
Hardwoods are always the best choice and include: ash, red oak, white oak, beech, birch, hickory, hard maple, pecan and dogwood. Softwoods will work but normally produce less heat and a lot of smoke. Excessive smoke is the number one cause of creosote building up in a chimney because smoke is actually unburned hydrocarbons. These build up inside your chimney causing chimney fires. A nice hot fire will normally burn these particles to the point they are negligible and will not accumulate to a dangerous level in your chimney.
Using wood for heating requires a lot of research and consideration before you start. There are a lot of local regulations and national regulations that need to be addressed before any installation is started. The best answer is to talk to the professionals. They should know all the laws and be able to interpret them for you.
Burning wood can be a rewarding experience plus is you cut, split and stack your own wood you will benefit physically as well. The information I have given you is by no means all inclusive or or the gospel truth. It is information I have gleaned from talking to people and from the internet. What I have learned may not be the correct way but from October until March, my heater came on about 7 times. As stated earlier, the internet has tons of information. All you have to do is look and ask. Have fun and enjoy your experience with your wood