Is wood burning environmentally responsible?

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This photo shows my car loaded with about one stere (1m3) of firewood, which I went to get yesterday from a local farmer. I don’t heat my house or cook with wood, we just like to light a fire sometimes on cold evenings, so this much wood will probably last us all winter. After, we live in a moderate climate, we don’t experience ‘real’ winters like northern countries.

We heat our house with domestic fuel, whatever that is, and it’s this kind of heating that is bad for the planet. From my research on net, wood burning is more environmentally responsible because it comes from renewable sources, unlike fossil fuels. What about pollution? A wood fire gives off smoke, doesn’t it? and that smoke must contain carbon, which contributes to the greenhouse effect.

I’d like to stop using domestic fuel and switch to solar energy, but I don’t have the means at the moment to do so. Perhaps one day, we’ll all make our own energy and all these problems will be solved, but I don’t think that that day is going to be soon…

3 comments

  1. I REALLY DISAGREE WITH HIM .IN THE PAST OUR GRAND PARENTS USED TO HEAT AND COOK WITH WOOD AND THE AIR WAS FRESH .THERE WAS LESS POLLUTION ON EARTH .

  2. no matter of so few consequences !!! if you only burn one stere per year you won’t damage the earth i think so.personnaly i only heat my house with wood, it’s very cheap and there’s one thing you should know: co2 emissions are egals whenever tree is alive or burning !!! so…

    • Nicolas,

      thanks for this information. I use domestic fuel to heat my house, which is much worse for the environment. The wood is just to have a fire occasionnally at the weekend, but I was wondering how responsible it was. I appreciate your reassurance!

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