Modern wood stoves and your health

It's nice to see that wood stoves are again a topic of conversation.

It’s nice to see that wood stoves are again a topic of conversation.

Wood burning is very much a carbon emission neutral process. Trees gather up carbon as they grow and then release it on burning; and therefore the net effect on the environment is insignificant.

Yes, the wood smoke can smell a little bit, but we have even cleaned that up with more efficient stoves. In fact with the new B.C. government regulations, new wood stoves and furnaces are as clean burning as a modern propane fireplace. So, instead of sitting in your nice warm houses, heated with electricity bought from Alberta, using furnace fuel or burning natural gas, which are all non-renewable resources adding carbon to the atmosphere, why not buy a wood stove and help save the planet?

If you think I am wrong, check my facts. You will be surprised. Also, instead of getting up twice a day to turn your thermostat up and down, wood requires you get up and cut it, pile it and put it in the stove at least five times a day. So us wood burners are not only not creating a carbon footprint, but we are getting far more exercise. I think that is also good.

Now if our local government would kick in some more money to change our older wood stoves for new ones, they might encourage the change out quicker, and the air would be even cleaner.


Fred Oud


Lake Cowichan Gazette