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Crystal Clarity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-01-11 12:28 PM
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How many folks here use woodstoves for home heating? Is it bad for the environment IYO?
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This question is inspired by A) the current winter season and B) a question I put to folks in GD sometime during the summer about their energy consumption... (my use of wood heat came up incidentally, but many folks acted as if it was some 'fad' or foreign concept) LOL!

Because I live in an area where I'd guesstimate that at least 75% of the people use wood heat via woodstoves as either a main source of heat (or at the very least, a backup), I was surprised at some who acted as if this was a weird thing. One person said he thought it was a dumb 'fad'. Another claimed it was bad for the environment.

The 'fad' thing made me chuckle a bit, but I wondered about whether or not wood heat was bad for the environment. It had never occurred to me before, that it could be.

I've since read some conflicting opinions so I'm curious about yours. Personally, I think it can't be any worse then a reliance on other sources since all (except perhaps solar?) have some form of environmental impact.

Our house is well insulated and we keep our chimney(s) clean. Plus, we have recently bought a brand new energy efficient wood stove... we now only use the old one downstairs as a boost on sub-zero days. Furthermore, since we cut our own wood off of our own property (replanting of course) there is very little fossil fuel involved in this. But even for those in my state who have to buy their wood... it's all local.

So, I'm just curious; How many here use wood heat and how many think it's 'bad' for the environment?
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