Firewood; Local Fuels, Good for People and the Environment!

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Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

Firewood; Local Fuels, Good for People and the Environment!

You know you are up north when even the urban areas have truck loads of firewood in the yards.

I was in a little northwoods town a while ago looking for a café to do some paperwork while other Foresters were out in the woods doing the real work when I came across this and several other serious utilizers of natural local fuels.

It reminded me of how far we have drifted from our roots, spending billions of dollars and more resources and lives to import fuels from other parts of the world when we have so many great alternatives right here in our back yards.

Wood is a great fuel.

  • It is Renewable, most of these trees only took a short time to grow.
  • While growing, trees produce plenty of air and water purification.
  • Most of the trees used for firewood are the garbage trees that need to be removed in order for others to grow better.
  • Trees are Local, no fuel was spent importing them, and no lives were lost either.
  • And the gases produced when burning wood are far less toxic than any fossil fuel.

 

But in our modern world where we avoid getting dirty it is easier to buy things from other parts of the world while ignoring the hidden costs of those conveniences.

 

Wood Warms You Three Times;

Once while you Cut it,

Once while you Split it,

and Finally a Third time while you Burn it

and enjoy the heat in your fireplace or wood stove.

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I like that sentiment about wood warming you three times.

Mar 11, 2017 12:17 AM #1
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Robin Wells
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You are so correct, many think of a wood stove or wood burning appliance as being dirty or harmful for the environment, when in fact they are in many ways better than fossil fuels.  They are wrong, the only thing put back into the atmosphere is what would be during the natural decay of the tree, which is essentially carbon.  There are small particulates as well, which can be harmful, however when new appliances are burned correctly these are almost non-existant.  I am familair with many wood burning systems as I am certified to inspect them (which is actually a code inspection in our area).  Most Home Inspectors in our area tend to go for the minimum education (if any), however I on the other hand tend to try and strive for the top - and no different here having my Basic Inspector & Chimney Sweep certifications and writing my Comprehensive Inspector exam in April.  One of my best friends was in the firewood business and sold around 200 full cords each year.  Thanks for the post.

Mar 11, 2017 02:12 AM #2
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Peofound!!!

Wood Warms You Three Times;

Once while you Cut it,

Once while you Split it,

and Finally a Third time while you Burn it

and enjoy the heat in your fireplace or wood stove.

Mar 11, 2017 04:10 AM #3
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William Feela
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Bob, as you know i am one that burns a lot of wood...and it is the dead and borken that are harvested.

Mar 11, 2017 04:24 AM #4
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Grant Schneider
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Good Morning Bob - there is nothing like a roaring fire in the fireplace on a cold day.  I love it.

Mar 11, 2017 05:27 AM #5
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Bob. Used to love a fire in the fireplace when I had one! The smell and the warmth were special. Enjoy your day!

Mar 11, 2017 05:33 AM #6
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
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Good morning Bob,

With the wind storm here on Wednesday there is an abundance to be cut up in the next few days.

Sorry it is sideways for this one.

So far from the neighborhood I have picked up about three cord to replace what was burned with no electric.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 11, 2017 06:54 AM #7
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I love the smell of a fire burning but because of convenience and lack of time and preparation, we resorted to a gas fireplace years ago. We do have a firepit in the backyard and can enjoy a fire back there.

Mar 11, 2017 03:49 PM #8
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Good morning Bob.  I used to enjoy cutting and splitting firewood for my wood stove/heater back in Massachusetts.

Mar 12, 2017 05:54 AM #9
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Oh, Bob, wood warms you so many more times than you mention: when you load it (after you cut it), when you unload it, when you haul it in to burn... and when you haul the ashes out.  

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