How environmentally friendly is a wood-burning fire?
Nothing can compare with the cosiness and experience of a real wood fire. In recent years, however, we have been hearing various stories about the environmental friendliness of wood-burning fires and stoves. What do you as a consumer really need to know? Is it wise to have a wood-burning fire or stove installed?
Fires and environmental friendliness
Much of what is said about burning wood is based on the facts associated with burning in an open fire. We sometimes hear the following comparison: "If you burn wood in an open fire for two hours, it has the same impact as driving 300 kilometres in a lorry." An economical wood-burning fire or stove cannot be compared to a traditional fireplace. Finally, the performance and efficiency of a modern car cannot be compared to a model from forty years ago.
The new-style heating: innovative and economical
The various wood-burning stoves and fires in the DRU range have a particularly high output, which cannot be compared to the efficiency of an open fire. A higher temperature is achieved in these sealed and well-designed fires and stoves. This makes combustion much more complete and efficient; residual soot particles are also completely burnt due to a clever design and the high temperature. So you save on wood, emit less particulate matter and soot particles, and thereby also save the environment. Do you still have an old wood-burning stove or even an open fire? Then it is definitely worth having it replaced with a modern wood-burning fire or stove.
Energy labels for wood-burning fires or stoves
Contemporary wood-burning stoves are, like many other appliances, classified with the familiar energy label. An energy label allows you to see at a glance the capacity and output of your intended fire or stove. In addition, the environmental impact of carbon monoxide is stated on a wood-burning fire label. This enables you to make an informed choice.
Wood is a renewable fuel
In contrast to fossil fuels such as natural gas, coal or oil, wood is a renewable fuel. By burning wood that comes from responsibly managed forests, you burn responsibly. Certainly, if you can obtain wood from your immediate environment, this creates a natural cycle and reduces CO2 emissions.
Do you want to really maximise the warmth from burning wood? Then consider a central heating appliance. The bad name that wood burning has received is unjustified. It is true that when burning wood, it is important to burn correctly, using the right, dry wood. In that case, you should always take care to inform yourself about wise burning if you are having a wood-burning fire or stove installed for the first time.
It is permissible to enjoy a wood fire!
There is minimal objection to heating wisely. Make sure that the preconditions for heating are met, such as a well-maintained chimney and, of course, good storage for suitable dry wood. In this way you prevent nuisance to yourself and others, and you always burn as environmentally friendly as possible.