FPoor wood burning
practices create smoke, which contains compounds that cause air pollution. When many wood
stoves are in operation in a small area this pollution can create a number of health
problems, especially for those who already suffer from respiratory problems such as asthma
and chronic lung disease.
measured in "grams per hour" which represents the particles in the smoke that
are released up the chimney. One gram is approximately the amount of smoke released from
the entire burn of a cigarette. Older uncertified wood stoves release from 40 to 80 grams
per hour of smoke, the new EPA certified stoves produce only 2 to 5 grams of smoke per
hour. This decrease in wood smoke emissions will lead to a decrease in possible health
smoke emissions is like breathing in second-hand cigarette smoke. Wood smoke pollutants
can be very harmful to the development of young childrens lungs.
FSmoke contains the
following unburned pollutants:
- NOx (oxides of nitrogen) - NOx can lower resistance to
- HC (hydrocarbons) - HC can injure the lungs and result in
(CO) is an odorless toxic gas that can be produced and emitted from an inefficient wood
stove. As a fire burns down and the wood reaches a charcoal state, it emits a high amount
of CO. The dying fire also means that the chimney is cooling and will be less likely to
draw the CO outdoors. When this happens, there is a potential for CO poisoning for the
dwellers of the home. Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed.