Wood Burning Masonry Heaters
Zero Carbon footprint
Efficient burning of firewood does not contribute to the greenhouse problem, the burning of wood in a high efficient masonry heater is better for the environment than leaving the wood to rot in the ground as the decomposition of the timber releases the same amount of Carbon Dioxide as burning in a conventional fireplace.
Unlike metal wood stoves which burn the wood at between 400 - 600 F the masonry heaters burn at well in excess of 1100 F at which temperatures virtually everything that can be burned is consumed. The Thick, black soot and creosote produced by other appliances cannot survive these extreme temperatures and are therefore just extra fuel for the heater. Thus it is that a masonry stove uses less fuel and produces much less pollution than a typical woodstove or open fireplace.
Trees absorb Carbon Dioxide from the air whilst they are growing, The CO2 is then converted into sugar which is the basic nutrient trees need for survival. When a tree dies and rots it releases the same amount of CO2 into the atmosphere as it soaked up during its life. Burning at very high temperatures therefore produces a closed CO2 cycle. The burning of all other fuels; oil, gas, or coal - increases carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere.
Firewood which is grown locally is the cheapest form of fuel aavailable with low transportation costs and the managed use helps to sustain our woodlands. Masonry Heaters require smaller size logs, twigs and branches rather than the usual log sizes sold and are usually far cheaper to obtain being waste offcuts. All the residues resulting from the burning of wood can be fully recycled as the ashes can be composted as a biological fertilizer for your garden.