Your Green Life: "Burn Wood, Not Fossil Fuels"

By KBJR News 1

January 30, 2014 Updated Jan 30, 2014 at 9:19 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
When it comes to heating your home there are many options.
But with propane prices skyrocketing, some people may turn to alternative energy sources such as wood furnaces.

Matt Boo, the Co-Owner of Duluth Stove and Fireplace told me, "This furnace is a multi–fuel system, so it can burn corn, wheat pellets, cherry pits, commercial grade pellets or premium pellets."

Wood pellets offer a relatively inexpensive way to heat your home.
The big drawback being the energy needed to produce the pellets and ship them to you.

"There's a lot more energy involved with getting those BTUs to your home. Where if you look at standard cord wood, logs or split logs, they are a lot more local, they are very clean, very efficient, its a good fuel for people." said Boo.

Cord wood is one of the Northlands largest resources, and one of the oldest forms of heating known to mankind.
But these days technology has allowed us to produce the most efficient ways of heating your home.

Boo said, "You'll build one or two fires a day when this thing is charged, and this thing will radiate for 12 hours past that."

This system uses radiant heating to maximize the heat while limiting the resources used. Another way to efficiently heat your home is called zone heating.

"So you're not trying to heat the whole house up, your using the inserts or the free standing products as more zone heaters. So even with the higher cost of propane you can battle it a little with zone heating." says Boo.

Did you know that wood doesn't burn? Actually it's the gases in the wood that burn and give off heat.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch