Wood Stoves and Your Health

The BC Lung Association provides information about the health effects of heating with wood. Especially if we let our wood stoves smoke and smoulder, the air pollution created can harm us inside our homes and harm others in the neighbourhood. Residential wood smoke is caused by homeowners when they burn wood through fireplaces, wood stoves, chimneys or wood boilers (hydronic […]

3 Simple Tips to Reduce Wood Smoke

3 Simple Tips to Reduce Wood Smoke

Newer and more efficient wood burning appliances can burn much more cleanly with virtually no visible smoke.   However if your new stove still smokes, something can be done.       To limit air pollution:   1.   Only dry firewood must be burned in a wood stove. Firewood should contain less than 20% moisture. No garbage should ever […]

Firewood Tips for Cleaner Air

Firewood Tips for Cleaner Air

Make sure your firewood is dry this season! The sooner you get your wood in, the better chance you have of making sure it is adequately dry before you burn it this winter. Firewood requires at least 6 months of curing under dry conditions to be ready to burn. Wood should have less than 20% moisture content when it is burned. If the moisture […]

Wood Stoves Must be Burned as Cleanly as Possible

Wood Stoves Must be Burned as Cleanly as Possible

Smoke from wood stoves is air pollution that can lead to serious health effects for many Golden residents. Remember that if you are operating an older, inefficient wood stove that emits visible smoke, you are likely burning much more wood than necessary to heat your home. Smoke is essentially unburned and wasted fuel. Smoke represents an unnecessary loss of money and […]