Is Wood Heat the Answer?
By installing a modern wood-heat appliance, you can save money this winter and reduce your environmental impact.
Synopsis: During the oil crisis of the 1970s, many homeowners looked to wood heat as a way of saving money. The wood burners of that time weren’t very efficient or environmentally friendly. Today, homeowners wanting to save money by turning to wood have more and better options than in years past. In this article, writer Matthew Teague offers a survey of today’s wood-heating choices, including woodstoves and inserts; masonry heaters; wood furnaces and boilers; and pellet stoves. He also includes information about open fireplaces, which are charming, but not energy-efficient.
They say that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. What they fail to tell you is that smoke means the fire isn’t burning as cleanly or as efficiently as it should. In the past, the trails of gray-blue smoke that rose from much of our landscape not only marked the onset of winter but were also indications of incomplete…