Heating Stoves

Small biomass-burning heating stoves offer environmental pros and cons. Burning locally and sustainably harvested wood or waste biomass, such as sawdust or agricultural-waste pellets, reduces dependence on fossil fuels, but the smoke contains fine particulates (which are lung irritants and asthmagens), as well as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PACs), dioxins, and other pollutants. When selecting a biomass-burning stove, these emissions are a key consideration.

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Products in Heating Stoves

Travis Industries, Inc.
Blaze King Industries USA
Monessen Hearth Systems Company
Harman Pellet Stoves
Harman Stove Company
Travis Industries, Inc.
Woodstock Soapstone Company
Hearth & Home Technologies
Quadra-Fire Pellet Stoves
Hearth & Home Technologies
Even Temp Inc.
Monessen Hearth Systems Company
WiseWay Pellet Stove
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Jun 9, 2010 5:12 PM ET

wood burning
by Brian

As one who has spent years in different parts of the wood -burning industry I will offer my final conclusion-if you are serious about burning wood-serious enough to make a lifetime commitment in your home-the only efficient way to do it is with a properly built masonry heater."Combustion efficiency"-the only rating ever offered because it is easiest to quantify-does not tell you anything about heating efficiency.You can burn at 100% efficiency,but if 80% of the heat is going up the chimney I would not consider that a 'green' process.Only a substantial thermal mass designed to capture and store the heat is capable of increasing the performance.Some furnace systems that heat water are a good solution,but these count on pumps to circulate the water and distribute the stored heat.A masonry heater is a passive system in this regard,but it does impose some design restrictions for optimum use.