• Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Hearth

    Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Hearth

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    Although less harmful than throwing litter out the window, burning a wood fireplace can have its own adverse effects on the environment. Gases such as nitrous oxide and fine particulates of soot get released into the surrounding air every time a fire in the hearth is enjoyed. Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is a harmful byproduct of burning wood. Even the act of cutting down a large, mature tree to use as fuel has a negative impact on Mother Earth.

    While there are clear dangers to using a wood-burning fireplace there are ways you can make your hearth more eco-friendly.

    Follow these burning tips for a more eco-friendly hearth:

    • Burn only seasoned firewood. This perfect fuel releases less harmful particulates than unseasoned wood.
    • Make a habit of only burning hardwoods. Hardwoods burn cleaner, longer and hotter than softwoods thus reducing the amount of smoke and soot the fires emits.
    • Reduce the amount of smoke your fire produces by keeping the embers hot. Smoldering fires are a big no-no when it comes to a more eco-friendly burn.
    • Keep your chimney clean. Schedule an annual chimney cleaning by a professional chimney sweep. A dirty chimney emits more harmful byproducts and burns less efficiently than one that is regularly cleaned.

    The Truth About VOCs
    Volatile organic compounds, also known as VOC’s, are toxic gases that can cause harm to the environment. While wood does not emit these dangerous fumes when burned, there are other solids and liquids that do. Here are a few examples of items which release VOC’s when burned:

    • Any type of treated wood, such as cardboard or particle board
    • Glossy or colored paper (except for black and white newspaper)
    • Wood that has been painted, glued or stained
    • Arsenic
    • Pesticides
    • Trash

    At Lindemann Chimney Service, we strive to educate homeowners on ways to safely use and maintain their wood-burning fireplaces. We work hard to keep you informed on the best burning practices so you can not only enjoy a nice, warm fire but also a safe one. Visit our website to learn more about steps you can take to achieve optimal results at the hearth.

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