Backyard firepits provide a nice ambience but neighbors wonder whether the wood smoke is compromising their air quality especially as they leave windows open during the warmer months.
Crackling fireplaces are a wonderful way to add warmth and ambience, but they are relatively inefficient devices for heating the home. Most fireplaces convert just 5%-10% of the burning wood’s energy into useful heat. A fireplace can even have a “negative efficiency” effect when there is no fire burning and the damper doors are left […]
Now that autumn is here the leaves are going to pile up in my yard again. Is it really that bad to burn them?
Don Carlos Mendez: One Guatemalan’s Fight Against Slash-and-Burn Farming