earth into the atmosphere – a one-way trip. Trees
absorb carbon dioxide as they grow. When wood burns,
the carbon dioxide is released, only to be absorbed
again by young trees. Because trees recycle carbon
dioxide, woodburning just warms you, not the globe.
1.It's a renewable energy resource
Renewable means you don't run out. Renewable
means you don't deplete the earth's resources.
Wood is energy from the sun, stored by the
tree as it grows. When you burn wood you are
releasing this stored energy. In the dark
of winter, it's like having a bit of summer
sun on your hearth.
2.No global warming
When fuels burn they release carbon dioxide,
the greenhouse gas responsible for global
warming. Burning fossil fuels such as oil
and natural gas is like pumping carbon dioxide
from the centre of the
3.You're in charge
Stop writing checks every month to the energy utilities.
Take control by heating with wood. In our climate,
staying warm is right up there on the list of the
most important things in life. Do you really want
to leave something so important in the hands of
a faceless corporation?
4.No more freezing in the dark
The big, centralized energy sources are not very
reliable. When a storm interrupts the electrical
supply, all the conventional heating systems are
useless; the fancy heat pump falls silent, the gas
furnace can't work. But the wood stove or fireplace
keeps you warm and cozy and safe. Now a power failure
is kind of fun; you get to use the candles.
5.Warms you like no other
The radiant heat from a stove or fireplace is like
the rays of the sun. It warms you through and through.
Come in from the storm and stand near the fire rubbing
your hands together. It's one of life's small pleasures.
6.The romance of the flame
Sure it's a cliché, but that doesn't make it any
less true. The soft glow of the fire is the favorite
setting for an intimate conversation. It's the place
where friends and family gather to talk and laugh
in comfort. Gazing into the fire, your imagination
is free to soar on flights of fancy or probe the
depths of the soul. Take a break from the harsh
world outside – you'll find solace there in the
7.Raise your energy I.Q.
Flick the switch, turn up the thermostat. Now, what
did that cost? What impact did it have on the natural
world? What sins were committed in getting that
energy to you? You're in touch when you heat with
wood. That arm load will last the day. That log
you placed on the fire is a tangible measure of
the cost to the environment of keeping your family
warm. It's the wood heat way of knowledge.
8.Heat a space, save some energy
Well-planned space heating saves energy. That stove
or fireplace in the living room keeps you warm and
cozy in the place you spend your time. The basement
and bedrooms stay cool. Regardless of what you pay
for energy, space heating with wood clips 25% right
off the top.
9.Invest in your community
Spend a buck on oil, natural gas or electricity
and you feed a corporate giant. Spend a buck on
firewood and you feed a neighbor. Save a buck by
heating with wood and you can spend that buck in
your community. Heating with wood makes you richer
in ways beyond counting.
We almost forgot to mention it. Wood is the cheapest
heating fuel you can use if you don't live in a
large city. Some people actually think the only
reason we heat with wood is to save money. Poor
souls, they miss so much of what is good in life.