- Firewood is freedom.
It is the only fuel an individual can produce on their own with simple tools, and is abundantly available to millions in the U.S.
- Firewood is the basis of true self-sufficiency.
Severe northern winters means that a source of heat is your number one priority for survival. Whether you intend to live off-grid or to simply survive an extended power outage, firewood is the world’s most reliable fuel.
- Firewood is security.
Every year we see power outages affecting tens of thousands of people for weeks. In sub-freezing temperatures, an outage becomes a life-threatening emergency literally overnight. A wood stove not only warms you, it also allows for cooking, melting snow and boiling water.
- Firewood has served astounding roles in recent history.
Due to interruptions in fuel supplies during WWII, half of the motor vehicles in Europe were converted to burn firewood instead of gasoline during the 1940s. Firewood saved millions of lives across an entire continent less than 80 years ago.
- Firewood is an environmentally responsible fuel.
No fracking, no pipelines, no oil spills, no mining, no ocean tankers, no long-haul truckers, no shady agreements with foreign countries.
- Focusing on emissions alone creates a distorted view of firewood.
It is true that solid fuels don’t burn as cleanly as gas, and we should be concerned about air quality – but particulate emissions alone focus only on one part of the story. Damage to the environment and societal costs of conventional fuels is ignored because it happens elsewhere. (“Who cares about the effects of fracking in Oklahoma as long as MY community gets cleaner air?”)
- Firewood can be burned cleanly.
Modern wood stoves burn more cleanly and efficiently than ever. There have been major, recent advances in wood stove design (due largely to availability of affordable high-tech measurement instrumentation).Some elements of “rocket science” actually do apply to wood stoves in regard to control over the combustion process. Strategic designs in airflow direct air (oxygen) where it is needed to promote complete combustion. The result is more heat from less wood, and much lower emissions.
- Firewood supports your local economy.
Firewood puts people to work in your local community. As a low-cost fuel, it affords struggling families to spend more on groceries, and every dollar spent is far more likely to stay within the community.
- Firewood’s ecology is built in.
- Firewood is bulky, heavy, and of relatively low value. These characteristics dictate that firewood be burned locally. Long-distance transport of firewood is seldom to anyone’s benefit.
- A more efficient stove produces more heat with fewer emissions. Firewood offers its own reward for best practices. The same goes for burning dry wood.
- Firewood is a sensible use for wood that would otherwise be wasted or burned in an open fire. Rather than a municipality having to pay for carbon credits to offset the burning, the community enjoys a supply of low-cost heating fuel.The same goes for logging. Wood that isn’t suitable for saw logs can be turned into firewood.
- Burning firewood promotes a healthy lifestyle.
- Cutting and splitting firewood is excellent exercise.
- Burning wood enforces a schedule and rewards discipline.
- Carrying wood and feeding a stove involves basic exercise and movement for those fighting a sedentary lifestyle.
- Firewood is freedom.