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 […]
The improvement of wood-burning appliances is a success story right up there with high-efficiency furnaces, solar panels and hybrid cars.
Now that autumn is here the leaves are going to pile up in my yard again. Is it really that bad to burn them?