Wood Burning and the Environment; Wood is a renewable energy resource. And because trees recycle carbon dioxide, wood burning does not contribute to the problem of climate change. As well, advanced combustion technologies mean more heat and less smoke from the wood you burn.
Any fuel you choose to heat your home will affect the environment. When wood is not burned properly, it can have negative impacts on both outdoor and indoor air quality. Smoldering, smoky fires that produce blue-gray smoke from the chimney are the main cause of air pollution related to wood burning. You can reduce the amount of smoke from wood heating in many ways.
Burning wood cleanly greatly reduces amount of smoke produced. You should use well-seasoned, dry, clean firewood that is split to the right size for your appliance. ( The Seton Boiler does allow some exceptions to this)
Wood Burning, Climate Change and the Carbon Cycle; Nearly every day, we read news reports about the need to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to prevent climate change and related problems. The main source of GHGs is the burning of oil, gas and coal to produce the energy we use. These fuels are called fossil fuels because they are taken from deep beneath the earth's surface, where they have been formed over millions of years. When fossil fuels are burned, GHGs are released. The main GHG is carbon dioxide (COČ). Increased concentrations of these gases in the atmosphere trap the sun's heat close to the earth and cause the average global temperature to rise.
Wood, however, differs from fossil fuels such as oil and gas because it is carbon neutral. The term "renewable" refers to the fact that trees recycle COČ. As a tree grows, it uses COČ from the air as a source of carbon to build its structure. This carbon makes up about half of the weight of wood. When wood is burned, it decomposes rapidly, and COČ is released into the atmosphere again. A similar amount of COČ would be slowly released if the tree died and was left to rot on the forest floor.
As a result, wood heating does not contribute to the problem of climate change the way fossil fuel does. But wood fuel is truly renewable only if it is produced by using sustainable forestry practices. North America's forests could be a perpetual source of energy and our greatest tool in the absorption of COČ, as long as they are managed properly.