Making your home warm with the help of the wood is an environment efficient option and is comparatively economical as compared to the other heating options. The most important factor in wood heaters is that there should be the availability of the wood supplies. There are wood fire generators that generate carbon dioxide. However, fossil fuels are likely to generate greenhouse gasses when extraction and transportation are taken into account.
The wood is a renewable resource and wood forms a part of the current carbon cycle. Hence, burning it is considered as a carbon neutral. However, we can determine the eco-friendly efficiency of a wood heater by three factors: -
- The proficiency of the wooden heater
- The quality and the type of wood used to make the wooden heater
- How competently the heater operates
Types of Wood Heating
Many factors contribute to the efficiency of the wooden heaters and their economic value when compared to the fossil fuel counterparts. The wood heaters that are high on efficiency require less wood thus generating fewer emissions. Let us have a look at various types of wood heaters: -
- Radiant heating- With this type of heating, majorly the heat is observed from the flames and this heater is considered to heat people directly instead of heating only air.
- Convective heating- This heater heats up the environment with the help of hot air that circulates within the room.
- Open fireplace- Fireplace is expensive to be constructed and only provides with 5-10 % efficiency. Moreover, in an open fireplace, heat is obtained by sitting in front of the fireplace. Open fireplace’s capacity to heat up is more, open fireplace does not depend on the radiant heat to heat up the environment.
- Pot belly stove heater- Potbelly and other wood heater have a low efficiency, they are conveniently designed to heat up the small areas. In addition, they have the provision of controlling airflow, which allows the woods to burn comparatively less.
- Slow combustion heaters- They are highly efficient because of the airtight firebox, add on airflow controls and air inlets along with combustion chambers together improve efficiency. They are highly suitable to heat up wide areas. Besides, the fan installed inside the heater allows the heat to circulate more efficiently.
- Wood Pellet Stoves- These stoves are very popular in USA, these pellets are made of sawdust waste obtained from the mills, and they emit fewer emissions. Wood pellets can also be burnt at normal combustion heaters and on potbelly stoves, but they aren’t that efficient in doing so.
Purchasing a wood heater is a big investment. So, if you are thinking to purchase one, professional help from the experts will give you the advice on issues like climate, room size, etc. Wood heater is a one-time purchase and it lasts long for various seasons. You can also save wood when the heat up takes place by ensuring that your room is fully insulated, as it reduces the amount of woods that are required to heat up the premises. In addition, you can switch on a ceiling fan for faster distribution of the air inside your premises. As the heater will absorb cool air emitted from the fan turning it into the warm air.
Tips for Burning Wood
If you are burning the wood in pot belly, combustion heater, or pellet heater, make sure that the fire emits smoke only at the commencement. In addition, if you find the wood emitting smoke in spite of the fact that the wood placed in it is dry, it means that the heat up system is not getting enough oxygen, so you should ensure adequate flow of oxygen.