05 Jun '11, 4pm

Wood Heat: Renewable Energy That Gets No Respect | Business

Wood Heat: Renewable Energy That Gets No Respect | Business

Wood stoves should be used correctly and cautiously. The most significant point I think Ackerly makes about burning wood is that "it's not for everyone and it's not for everywhere." I've heard horrendous cases of wood smoke pollution ruining relationships between neighbors living on properties that are simply too close together for the smoke to dissipate before blowing over to contaminate nearby properties. The particulate matter in wood smoke pollution, even when only clean, dry wood is burned at high temperatures, is deadly, carrying other toxins like "carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, sulfur dioxide and various irritant gases such as nitrogen oxides that can scar the lungs. Wood smoke also contains chemicals known or suspected to be carcinogens, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and dioxin." (http://www.ehhi.org/woodsmoke/health_effects.shtml ) The most strin...

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