The environmental advantages of wood burning stoves

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While hygge season is in full flow, it just isn’t as effective without a real wood burner. From snuggly evenings alone with a book, to relaxing with family and friends, a wood burning stove can completely transform your cold winters nights. But isn’t burning all this wood bad for the environment? And what about the carbon dioxide? Well, here at JMS Stoves, we are stove experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to the environmental advantages of wood burning stoves.

Environmentally friendly

A great advantage to installing a wood burner is the resounding green credentials. Despite common belief, burning wood is significantly healthier for the environment than other heat producing alternatives such as gas and electricity.

Burning wood is essentially carbon neutral as the carbon dioxide given off during combustion is roughly equivalent to that absorbed by the tree during its growth. In fact, Green match have stated that ‘burning wood produces 0.008kg of CO2 per KWH, compared to gas 0.198kg and 0.517kg for electricity”. This is a huge difference! And with the increasing pressure on society as a whole to reduce our carbon footprint, a log burner could be the perfect product to begin your emission reducing endeavors.

In addition, the wood logs themselves can be a renewable fuel. There are many reputable suppliers that will source wood for stoves only from well managed woodland. This means that while some trees will be cut down for wood, others will be planted and allowed to flourish. As a result, as ling as you only buy wood from a trusted source, your fuel can be renewable.

Furthermore, wood left to rot will also release the carbon dioxide it has stored, as part of the decomposition process. So it is worthwhile burning the logs for fuel, rather than letting them go to waste.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at JMS Stoves.