Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Advantages of using firewood – and its other uses

Most homes use natural gas, oil, electricity and even propane as their heating source. While wood-burning stoves are likely more popular in rural or remote areas, wood-burning stoves can be the smart choice. Using firewood as a heating source has several advantages:
  • Firewood is a renewable resource. 
  • Using firewood makes dependence on energy companies obsolete. 
  • As a fuel or heating source, firewood lowers your utility costs as it is 6 times more economical than electric heat, 5 times more economical than gas and 4 times more economical than oil. Surprised? 
  • A roaring fireplace creates a unique ambiance and radiant heat like no other heat source. 
  • Purchasing locally sourced firewood supports local merchants – not multi-billion dollar utility companies. 
  • Burning firewood does not contribute to global climate effects and is ‘carbon neutral’. In fact, letting wood rot on the forest floor releases the same amount of carbon dioxide as it does when burned properly. 
  • Traditional fuel sources – gas, oil, electricity, propane – are all commodities and subject to price fluctuations driven by global demand. Firewood cuts dependence unlike other types of fuel sources and saves money on heating and cooking. 
While the oldest source of fuel in the history of time, firewood – or wood – also has obvious uses beyond heating.
  • Building/construction 
  • Tools 
  • Furniture/flooring 
  • Art/Crafts 
  • Music instruments 
  • Toys 
  • Landscaping 
Depending on your creativity, location or views on sustainability (like our descendants), firewood is an excellent source of heating. How many uses of firewood do YOU have?