Burning wood creates significant pollution. Emissions of particulates, carbon monoxide, VOCs, and methane are significantly greater from wood stoves than from any other common heating fuel.
However, when wood is locally available and can be harvested sustainably, it has no net impact on global warming—because the carbon emissions from combustion are more than compensated for by growing trees. Thus, if wood is burned in a manner that minimizes pollution, it can be a good fuel choice.
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