Supporting National Clean Air Day
The Clean Air Act
The Legacy of Woodburners
Burning Wood Cleanly:
While woodburners have improved in terms of efficiency and reduced emissions, there are still steps you can take to ensure cleaner burning:
1. Use dry and seasoned wood: Burning wet or unseasoned wood produces more smoke and pollutants. Choose properly seasoned wood with a moisture content of around 20% or less.
2. Proper stove maintenance: Regularly clean your woodburner and chimney to remove soot and creosote build-up, which can hinder efficient burning and increase emissions.
3. Optimize airflow: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for adjusting the air vents in your woodburner. Sufficient airflow helps achieve complete combustion and reduces emissions.
4. Size matters: Use appropriately sized logs that fit your stove. Large logs can smolder, leading to incomplete combustion, while small logs burn too quickly. Find the right balance for efficient burning.
5. Avoid burning treated or painted wood: These materials release toxic chemicals when burned, posing health risks and contributing to pollution. Stick to clean, untreated wood from sustainable sources.
6. Consider alternative fuels: Explore eco-friendly alternatives to wood, such as wood pellets or briquettes made from recycled materials. These options often have lower emissions and higher efficiency.
The Most Efficient Woodburner:
As we strive for sustainability and cleaner air, woodburners can still be a part of our heating solutions if we adopt responsible practices. National Clean Air Day reminds us of the importance of collective action in combating air pollution. By following the tips mentioned above, you can enjoy the warmth of a woodburner while minimizing its impact on the environment. Let us all contribute to a greener and healthier future where smog becomes a thing of the past.
At Redefining Woodburners, we proudly support initiatives like National Clean Air Day. We are committed to promoting cleaner burning appliances and embracing a cleaner tomorrow.