Wood Burning and Air Quality

Hakame,

During these cold months many of us will heat our homes with wood burning stoves.  I can’t stress enough about the importance of dry seasoned wood being used.  When the wood is wet it tends to burn less clean therefore producing more smoke than it should, creating health hazards in our homes, as well as in our community when the smoke is released through the stack.  Asthma and emphysema are just a few respiratory problems that can be triggered by this smoke.  Letting the wood sit and dry for about 6 months is ideal; the drier the wood is, the cleaner the burn and the more heat that is created.

Resources

US EPA - Wood Smoke and Your Health: https://www.epa.gov/burnwise/wood-smoke-and-your-health

American Lung Association - Residential Wood Burning: https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/indoor/indoor-air-pollutants/residential-wood-burning.html

US EPA - List of EPA Certified Wood Stoves: https://www.epa.gov/compliance/list-epa-certified-wood-stoves

US EPA - Burn Wise Program: https://www.epa.gov/burnwise