Title

Let it burn

Authors

Michael Burke

Source

Down East

Date

1-2015

Pages

58-61, 72-75

Abstract

People who heat with wood today are motivated to do so by economy, environment and esthetics. A cord of hardwood is the equivalent of 165 gallons of heating oil and with current costs of heating oil at $2.86 per gallon and a cord of wood $225, is a savings of roughly $240. Wood is a renewable resource, although the amount of carbon dioxide released by burning wood is greater per BTU than the equivalent BTUs of oil. The author mentions part of the esthetics of burning wood is the tactile experience, which connects people to their beginnings. The article also describes the cycle of burning wood, from growing, cutting, splitting, stacking, burning and cleaning the fireplaces in romantic and realistic terms.[photos]

Subjects

Stoves, Wood, Renewable energy sources

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