Wood Burning Org - a scientific approach to wood burning
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Of an evening, there is nothing more relaxing than gathering around a warm cosy fire, regardless of weather and enjoying warm radiant heat. Knowing that you are also free from fossil fuels and contributing to air quality by burning up creosotes, dioxins and furans (all on the EPA List of Hazardous Air Pollutants) and helping the neighbourhood by minimising wood smoke, adds to the pleasure.

By burning wood responsibly using seasonned wood, servicing hot fires that are clean burning and capturing as much heat into the room, instead of global warming due to heat loss, you are also helping the environment.

Due to high cost of energy, be it electrical, natural gas or pellets home owners are again turning to wood to heat their homes.

Renewable, carbon dioxide neutral, abundant and inexpensive to harvest or buy compared to other fuels it will also keep the house warm when the power goes out.

Published results from the jointly funded Government of Canada/EPA tests conducted in Canada in 2000, (ERMD 2000-01 of December 2000) showed that EPA approved woodstoves and inserts gave off unacceptable levels of banned dioxins and furans, offering a resurgence in use of existing non-approved woodstoves and fireplaces, provided they are modified.

Due to the existence of a patented appliance, the Eco Friendly Radiant Grate which has been commercially available for over 10 years, it is now possible to upgrade these older stoves and fireplaces inexpensively, to meet acceptable emission standards.

Visit the web-site www.radiantfiregrates.com to learn more about this unique, environmentally sound device, which is in use in N. America and Europe by many contented, responsible home-owners.

1. Building the Optimal Fire. Seasonned wood in its natural rounded shape, can be burned unsplit and does not need to be split for seasonning. With a proper scientific stacking pattern, a clean burning radiant fire ensues that is long lasting and satisfies the recommendations of EPA/600/SR-98/174 of 1998. More...

2. Getting the most out of your wood. Seasonned wood contains approximately 51% Carbon, 41% Oxygen and 6% Hydrogen all combined forming combustible organic compounds. The rest of the wood comprising 2% is made up of inorganic salts and minerals such as silicon, calcium and sodium. More...

3. Questions, Answers, and Glossary. Can I burn split wood? How big are the pieces I can use? What kind of wood can I burn? What size grate do I need for my fireplace? What size grate do I need for my woodstove? Where can I buy wood? How long will the fire last? How do I place and order? All these and other questions are answered in the Q& A page. More...

4. Overview of an Advanced fire Grate. After many trials using different sizes of wood and stacking patterns, and comparing results of heat transfer and particulate emissions, to those of conventional "basket" type grates, the ECO Friendly Radiant Grate evolved through mild steel prototypes, to the present day cast iron RG-20 grade commercial model - available in 2 sizes. More...

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