How burning firewood effects the envi...

How burning firewood effects the environment

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Southern Chimney Sweep

Warner Robins, GA

#1 Jul 11, 2011
Ever wonder how burning firewood is affecting the environment? As a chimney sweep in the Cleveland, GA area, I have wondered it myself. I mean, just drive down a country road one morning in the dead of winter and look at the chimney tops. Smoke billowing from house after house and then imagine that that is going on all over the whole country pretty much.

I get asked from time to time if burning wood is bad for the environment so I did some research and must admit, I was a little surprised at what I found out. First off, I will go ahead and admit that I am one of those skeptics when it comes to "global warming" and when I hear people talk about being "carbon neutral" I kind of roll my eyes. I do believe that we should all do as much as we can to lower pollution and carbon emissions.

So to start off, I will explain what carbon is and its role. As bad as people make it sound, carbon is an essential part of life on earth. Plants absorb carbon from the air and then release it back out when they die. So in other words, as a tree grows, it takes in and stores carbon. If the tree dies and decomposes away or is consumed in a forest fire, all that stored carbon is released back into the atmosphere to be used by other plants on earth.

So when you cut up a dead tree to use for firewood, you will be putting no more carbon into the atmosphere than the rotting tree would have done if left alone. Now when other fossil fuels are used in heating your home (LP gas, natural gas, coal and oil) old carbon that has been stored in the earth's geosphere for millions of years is released. Many experts agree that this increase in carbon has a negative effect on our environment and may lead to global warming.

So in summary, using wood to heat your home is not only the most economical way to heat your home but is also by far, the cleanest, "greenest" way to heat your home. For more information on this topic, visit my website

“I Love Topix- Topix Loves Me”

Since: Feb 10

Dahlonega, GA

#2 Jul 13, 2011
Humans have been burning wood to cook and for heat since the beginning of mankind's time on earth. Doesn't look like nothing bad has came from it so far so why stop.

Port Coquitlam, Canada

#3 Jan 4, 2016
Leslie_CC wrote:
Humans have been burning wood to cook and for heat since the beginning of mankind's time on earth. Doesn't look like nothing bad has came from it so far so why stop.
Because there's too many people with too much time on their hands that complain about everything that everyone else is doing. If they get the sent of burning wood in their neighbourhood it bothers them, then they call the fire department or the City to complain.
Then there's the government side of it too.
The government has instilled the idea and thoughts towards every city, state or province that burning wood is bad for the environment and it should be stopped.
Meanwhile millions and millions of cars, trucks, commercial vehicles, boats, planes, heavy machinery, lawn mowers and other landscaping power equipment are being driven or used everyday at every waking moment.
The government doesn't want you to stop but to maybe slow down your usage just a bit.
They don't care that the emissions from factories through out the world dump millions of pollutants into the air everyday, all day... Because it's money that runs the world... That's the truth...
Wood is either free or almost free and they can't tax you on that.

So that's why they have made up the lie about wood fires causing bad pollutants effecting the environment.

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