Wood is almost Carbon Neutral

Fell one – Grow one

Why Choose a Wood Burner

Coal, oil gas and wood release Co2 as they burn, a gas that contributes to climate change.

The fossil fuels (coal,oil and gas) were formed many millions of years ago, and take as long to reform.

Wood on the other hand is virtually carbon neutral in that it releases as much Co2 when it burns (or rots) as it used in growing.

 

As long as trees are planted for wood at  the same rate at which they are felled, the process is sustainable. Although it is not completely carbon neutral as some carbon is used in transportation and processing, burning wood for heating can reduce carbon emissions from between 90 to 95% when compared to fossil fuels.

Advice on fuel

  • Ensure that the wood you burn comes from a sustainable source, and that it is well seasoned.
  • Seasoning is a process that naturally cures wood over a period of time so that is ready for burning, by splitting, stacking and air drying.
  • Wood needs to have no more than 20% moisture content for it to burn efficiently.
  • Different woods have different calorific values (the energy produced as it burns), and take various time to season

Benefits of installing a wood burner

  • A wood burning stove also gives you a degree of energy independence.
  • The price of electricity and gas has risen sharply in the last few years. Installing a wood burner will give you a degree of protection from these rising costs, as you depend less upon central heating.
  • More power cuts are predicted for the future, especially in more rural areas.
  • Even most gas boilers rely on electricity in order to work.
  • Oil fired central heating will also become increasingly expensive as delivery costs increase.
  • A wood burner will give you at least one warm room and provide facilities to heat food and water.
  • There’s nothing more cosy than sitting in front of a lovely warm fire on a cold winters night!