Blogging Fine Homebuilding: Heating with Wood

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Lots of people are looking for a less expensive way to keep their house comfortable this fall and winter. In parts of the country with a nearby supply of firewood, a wood fireplace or stove might be the answer…

The October/November issue of Fine Homebuilding has the scoop, and you can download a PDF of the article at the Fine Homebuilding website. (For access to the article, you’ll need to be a member, but you can sign up for a 14 day trial.) The article explores the pros and cons of the different options:

  • Woodstoves and inserts

  • Masonry heaters (such as those made by Tulikivi)

  • Wood furnaces or boilers

  • Pellet Stoves

Another good tip for anyone who burns wood: look for greener sources of wood. If you live near a sawmill, you may be able to purchase slab wood, the outer parts of trees with bark still attached. And if you have space in your yard for a lot of wood, landscapers may be more than happy to deliver felled trees to your house instead of to the dump.