Many Americans enjoy sitting by a warm fire. Whether it be in the comfort of your own home during a snowy night in January or out in the woods, gathered around a camp fire with friends, there is comfort in fire. It brings warmth and a feeling of security. It is, after all, considered one of mankind’s first inventions. And it’s not only for warmth. We use fire to cook food and provide light as well. But how often do we think about how that fire impacts the world around us?
As we become more conscious of our impact on the environment, conscientious folks wish to reduce their carbon footprint and live more efficient lives. Burning any fuel will always release the byproducts of the combustion into the atmosphere which can be considered damaging to our environment. We have all heard of the dangers of excessive CO2 emissions. As a result, many people are looking for alternatives to the traditional fuels such as coal, gas, and electricity.
One alternative fuel that is gaining steam is a wood brick fuel which is created by condensing saw-dust into a compact brick. This ultra-dense material burns hotter than regular fire wood and releases little to no CO2 into the atmosphere. The result is a warm and cozy fire that you can feel good about without concerns that you are damaging the planet. These bricks also burn longer than regular firewood meaning you can get more burn for your buck. But perhaps most importantly to the environmentally conscious consumer, these bricks are completely carbon neutral. The trees that grow the wood used in the production of this fuel consume more CO2 than the burning of the fuel releases!
Wood has been a primary source of combustion energy since the dawn of mankind. Many believe wood to be the first source of burning energy. But wood has always produced a lot of smoke and other byproducts such as wood ash. Wood burned in its natural state releases a lot of CO2 into the environment.
But the bricks mentioned above are similar in some regards to pellet stoves which are a 90% efficient way of heating a home. Additionally, given that wood is a renewable resource, there is no danger of depleting the world’s resources when you choose a wood option for heat. By compressing wood, it can be burned far more efficiently, resulting in a cleaner, hotter, and longer burn.
There are many options available to us to heat our homes, start our campfires, and fill our fireplaces. With all of the turbulence surrounding mankind’s impact on our local and global environment it’s important this day in age to ensure we are all making responsible decisions and doing our part for our planet. With all the energy sources available to you, you should be sure to do your research the next time you want to start a fire. When the smoke clears, you’ll find there are a number of ways to efficiently turn up the heat.