The Woodburner's Companion: Practical ways of Heating with Wood

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As natural gas and oil prices rise, Americans are returning once again to the comfort and security of wood heat. Thousands have benefited from reading The Woodburner's Companion, first published in 2000. Now the author has added new material and updated technical information where necessary. You can stay warm without going broke, and, as an added benefit, you can weather a mid-winter power outage in style! Dirk Thomas, experienced woodburner and chimney sweep, is the perfect guide to the ins and outs of the many ...
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Overview

As natural gas and oil prices rise, Americans are returning once again to the comfort and security of wood heat. Thousands have benefited from reading The Woodburner's Companion, first published in 2000. Now the author has added new material and updated technical information where necessary. You can stay warm without going broke, and, as an added benefit, you can weather a mid-winter power outage in style! Dirk Thomas, experienced woodburner and chimney sweep, is the perfect guide to the ins and outs of the many ways available to burn wood for heat. Throughout, the emphasis is on woodburning safety. Even knowledgeable woodburners will gain from his detailed descriptions of woodburning installations, which are based on the latest codes and recommendations from the U.S. and Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780911469240
  • Publisher: Hood, Alan C. Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Introduction ix
1 Fuel of the Future? 1
Is wood heat economically viable? 3
Is wood heat environmentally defensible? 4
Who should burn wood? 6
2 The Heating Value of Wood? 11
Heat from different kinds of wood 13
Wood compared to other fuels 13
Efficiencies of different kinds of fuel systems 16
3 Strategies for Using Wood 17
Wood as the sole source of heat 18
Wood as the primary source of heat 18
Wood as supplementary heat 18
Wood as an emergency back-up heat source 19
4 Equipment and Techniques 20
Airtight woodstoves 21
Catalytic woodstoves 22
High-tech woodstoves 22
Fireplace stoves 24
Wood furnaces and boilers 26
Outdoor boilers 28
Fireplaces 29
Masonry heaters 32
Pellet stoves 34
Stove installation 36
Stove operation 43
5 Chimneys 51
New construction 51
Modern chimneys 56
Old chimneys 57
Lining Chimneys 59
6 Chimney Cleaning 65
What is creosote? 65
Chimney fires 66
When to clean your chimney 67
Chimney cleaning options 71
How to clean your own chimney 74
Hiring a chimney sweep 86
7 Troubleshooting Chimney Problems 89
How a chimney works 89
Diagnosing chimney problems 90
Mechanical problems of stoves 94
What to do in a chimney Fire 96
Water problems 98
8 The Woodpile 99
Firewood economics 100
Getting your wood 101
Buying firewood 105
Splitting Wood 110
Storing and seasoning firewood 115
Appendix 1 Safety Checklist 123
Appendix 2 Cooking on a Woodstove 125
Bibliography and Sources 127
Index 129
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