2009年12月1日 星期二

Wood ovens go high-tech

Spectrum | 01.12.2009 | 17:30

Wood ovens go high-tech

Wood can be a sustainable, eco-friendly way to heat your home. But it can also be horrible for your health.

In many parts of the world, heating with wood is not out of the ordinary. But in industrialized, Western countries, relying on wood for heat has been seen as old-fashioned for a very long time.

But that sentiment has been changing in recent years. Increased oil and gas prices have brought wood back into vogue - and back into fireplaces.

Ideally, burning wood for heat would also be more environmentally friendly than using oil or gas, since wood releases only as much carbon dioxide as it takes in. However, wood burning may release environmentally toxic methane gas, which is 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

There's a second problem with wood, albeit a microscopic one. Burning wood releases an ultra-fine dust that can give people cancer or lead to lung disease. But the answer to that problem could be as simple as a modernized fireplace.

Report: Richard Fox

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