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New wood-fired heaters must meet stricter regs

Nov 15, 2015
Liz Graves, The Ellsworth American (Maine)

Lots of Maine residents rely on wood stoves as a primary or secondary home heating source. The design of today’s new stoves differs dramatically from those made during the heyday of “airtight” stoves back in the 1970s. Innovations in making stoves more efficient and cleaner —


A Victory for Wood Burners in MN

wood pilesWood-burning residents of Chisholm, Minnesota were concerned when the City Council enacted an ordinance limiting firewood storage to two cords. The ordinance apparently stemmed from a short-sighted attempt to prevent sales of firewood from residential yards. Reporting in the Hibbing Tribune, Marie Tolonen says a revised ordinance was approved...

Harvesting firewood sustainably from woodlot or forest


By RICHARD GAST Cornell Ag Connection
Plattsburgh Press Republican (NY)

Whether taking firewood from small acreage for personal use or managing larger tracts for firewood harvesting and sales, owners of well-managed woodlots know the productivity of their land isn't measured in the wood that’s harvested; it’s measured in the amount of


More on Moisture Meters

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Earlier in the year we published our guide on how to use an inexpensive, pin-type moisture meter to reliably measure the moisture content (MC) of firewood. (See article here)

We’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback, however some NFA members had detailed questions regarding the true accuracy of our method.

Before going into more technical


Should I Burn Wood?

by Dave Mance III
Editor's Blog - Northern Woodlands Dec. 13, 2013

Environmental scientist Robert Cabin pointed out recently in a story that ran in Earth Island Journal that political liberals in general, and environmentalists in particular, can put an inordinate amount of faith in science, to the point where it begins to resemble


Omission of Wood Heat Goes Too Far

By John Ackerly | Biomass Magazine | June 23, 2015

Alliance For Green Heat President John Ackerly discusses a major oversight of the U.S. DOE—omitting mention of wood and pellet heat in its recent Energy Saver guide.

In 2011, we noticed a glaring omission in an annual U.S. government publication. The annual Winter Fuel Report failed to


Cumberland, ME - Local firewood fuel assistance program needs help


CUMBERLAND (WGME) -- A local program that provides firewood and fuel assistance to people in needs help from the community.

The Cumberland Wood Bank has been providing firewood to needy families for about eight years.

"What we do is we give the wood to people who can burn it who need help and we sell the extra wood to people who can buy

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