See what the City of Los Angeles did in 2008.
Arcata, California also addressed wood burning at home.
|Diagram showing the relative emissions of 7 common heating methods.|
I found this diagram and think that it is worth sharing but I certainly don't take it as gospel. The diagram suggests that oil, gas and electric heat emit the least amount of fine particles. If you only calculate emissions at the home, this diagram is accurate. If you take into consideration that your home's electric heat was produced by burning coal in a factory, you might have to take out your paper and pencil and double check your math. Obviously, this diagram is too simple and doesn't account for other sources of pollution along the process of production. What the diagram does do well is illustrate that not all wood stoves are created equal. Most open-faced fire places are still pretty inefficient, but we have entered the world of efficient residential wood stoves. Since Neanderthals first made fires in caves, efficient and clean-burning fire technology has come a long way.
|My wood stove is much more efficient and clean burning than this fire|
The soapstone stays hot for hours and is actually still warm to the touch in the morning. I have found that wood stoves certainly have their place in residential home heating and, like at the Armstrong House, stoves are suitable components of the overall heating system. Now with efficient and technologically advanced stoves, burning wood doesn't necessarily mean spewing pollution into the air.
If you're shopping around, you need to do your research. Here is some general starting information on residential wood burning. Happy heating. Respect fire.