Wednesday, December 31, 2014

EPA: Making Your Fire Cleaner Helps

There are ways to burn a more efficient fire to help reduce wood smoke, which is harmful to human health and can be a major source of air pollution.

Burning a cleaner fire in that wood stove or fireplace helps the health of Kentuckians and also benefits the state's climate, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Alison Davis with the E.P.A. says a good way to burn the hottest and most efficient fire possible is to use only dry, seasoned wood. She says, "The reason that this is important is that dry wood burns more completely, and that benefits you in two ways; one, you get more energy out of the firewood because it burns more of the actual wood itself, and the other is the fire then produces less smoke."

Davis adds that you can easily tell if wood is dry by knocking two pieces together, which should produce a hollow sound. She says that a moisture meter can determine wood's moisture level, which should be at 20% moisture or less. She says smoke coming from the chimney is a key sign that you're no burning an efficient fire.