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Wood Stoves: Just How Many Carcinogens Do They Emit?

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When it comes to heating with a wood stove, you need to protect yourself and the planet from carcinogenic woodsmoke.

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Lydia S (155)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 9:02 pm
Thanks , We have a wood burning fireplace I'll have to look up what that emits , Very nice site at link
bookmarked & forwarded .

Susanne R (235)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 9:04 pm
Very disturbing information! Thank goodness for the EPA! We can't let the conservatives do away with it or even weaken it!

jo M. (3)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 9:43 pm
Well, I don't miss the mess of a wood stove, but I sure miss the wonderful heat, and so much cheaper than the awful oil we use now.

Thursday December 20, 2012, 10:41 pm
Thanks Cal. ( I have not been able to note your articles lately due to computer trouble.. Sorry!) I have OFTEN wondered about this, but I supose that, living in Australia, where we have those incredible bush fires, where countless acres of forest are burned each year, I have always thought that worrying about my wood stove that I DO run quite often for about three hours a night in the middle of Winter MIGHT be rather a waste of time when the bush fires must be SO much more harmful.. However, I WILL do some more reasearch and I DO use only wood that is not being used by animals or from trees that I have cut down and I use it VERY dry so that it burns very cleanly and NEVER put anything else in the fire. I WILL re-thnk this because of this article as I DO spend my life doing everything I can to protect the environment.

Carol H (229)
Friday December 21, 2012, 4:47 am
noted and agreed!!

Past Member (0)
Friday December 21, 2012, 5:05 am
Well, it is kind of like a cig.

paul m (93)
Friday December 21, 2012, 5:41 am


Kath P (9)
Friday December 21, 2012, 6:15 am
In my area they only allow you to run your car for 3 minutes in order to warm it up during the winter BUT they allow wood burning all year round via indoor and outdoor stoves. What's the sense in that!

Robert B (60)
Friday December 21, 2012, 6:21 am
Our house came with a fireplace wood stove insert. I used it for a few years. I stopped using it last winter. Now I would only use it in case of a power outage. But I wonder, what about forest fires? Do they emit the same carcinogens? And how many wood stoves would it take to equal a forest fire? I've also thought burning leaves is such a harmful practice when it seems safer to compost.

pam w (139)
Friday December 21, 2012, 7:54 am

Donna Hamilton (159)
Friday December 21, 2012, 9:53 am
Noted. Thanks for the info.

Ana Fontan (16)
Friday December 21, 2012, 2:11 pm
Very useful article, Thanks for this post!

Tom Edgar (56)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 9:09 pm
I've been cooking on a Scottish built Rayburn for sixty years. Heats my water and cooks my food, plus heats the kitchen in winter, unfortunately in summer too. except I only light it every two or three days then.
Now maybe there is a difference in the type of wood used, My Swedish neighbour said he uses ,when in Sweden, Pine, Birch and Larch, al Softwoods notoriously full of pitch tar which is definitely carcinogenic. In Australia Iron Bark, and other Eucalypts are the best woods with some Acacia if terrific heat is needed, all Hard woods. These have a lower tar content, burn slower with a greater calorific potential. Can't vouch for their carcinogenic damage, at 86 years I haven't the lung cancer that killed both of my sons, but then they smoked cigarettes and I didn't. I don't know of anyone who deliberately sticks their nose up the smoke stack whilst willingly will suck American Tobacco's products into their lungs.

Paul Wellman (1)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 12:13 pm
Thanks for the heads up!
I used wood and coal exclusively for fifteen years and used a wood cook stove for about twenty years. I will never go back. Nasty old wood stoves.
Good as a backup I guess if everything else fails though.
This article doesn't talk about the fact that the idea of a “chimney” immediately means you are sucking energy out of the structure you are trying to heat! Kind of backwards.
Wanna burn wood - cough up the dough and get your self a Tarm or froiling boiler. See:
These are the only way I have found that I find ecologically sound wood burning appliances.
If you want that feel of radiant heat and want to use a really efficient heating source try some Comfort Cove radiant heaters. See:
What is needed first is energy conservation – Not more energy production.

Danuta W (1249)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 3:22 am
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