Save Energy; Use A Biomass Stove

Save Energy; Use A Biomass Stove

The traditional biomass stove can actually shrink your electricity bill drastically and simultaneously reduce the level of carbon dioxide emission. There is actually an increasing demand for biomass stoves or typical wood burners.

A wood burning stove could reduce the level of CO2 emission by around 1,000kg per year. It would not only induce a conducive environment but it could become a relaxing activity to watch it burn instead of watching TV.

The major constraint for biomass stove to become omnipresent is the installation cost that it associates. The total installation cost can vary from £250 to £3,000, or even more. An additional cost will have to be added if you are to purchase seasonal logs, which need to be dried.

Overview of Renewable v/s Non-Renewable

The biomass stove can use woods in the forms of waste saw dust, logs and woodchips that have been compressed ignite sufficient energy to heat up. The definition of biomass is yet much broader; it refers to all living things or recently died substances like plant material and even cow dung, which can be used to produce fuel.

Moreover, coal, oil and gas are enveloped in the term fossil fuel. It is used to refer to non-renewable sources of energy as it takes millions of years to form oil reservoirs and so on.

Impact of Biomass Stoves

In simple terms, using biomass instead of fossil fuel would reduce greenhouse gas emission by up to 90 percent. It is tantamount to 1,000 kg of CO2 per year. The biomass used for stoves are also often waste or remains of disposed wood leftover by the timer industry.

There is a setback, if biomass is intensively used it could increase deforestation and thereby counteract on the effort to handle climate change. However, in most countries biomass such as wood is a sustainable fuel as more trees are grown than chopped down per year. In this case, biodiversity is maintained and dwindling effects from deforestation is tackled.

Firsthand Advice to Install Biomass Stove

In order to install a biomass stove a professional must be hired. Before that it is necessary to find a suitable model. For instance a 9 kw stove would provide enough heat to warm a living room. It is also necessary to pick a stove that does not generate air pollution. The most prominent aspect might reveal to be health and safety issues related to the installation and the use of the stove.

In the case, there is a chimney; it should be regularly swept once or twice a year. While using a biomass stove, make sure to not use woods that are painted. Burning of paint or other chemical substances will produce air pollution and is harmful for your own health.

Why People Do not Use Biomass Stoves

There are many people who refrain from using biomass stoves simply because it seems like a pain to light a fire each morning. This could be addressed by installing a complete biomass central heating system but this would turn to be relatively expensive.

The other, push back is that some house structures do not have a chimney. In this case, a flue (a vent) can be installed via the outside wall. This would still leave you with the trouble of finding wood and axe-wielding might not be your preferred hobby. In this case you could buy logs that have already been chopped.

Clean energy is something that has been around for years. A stove can extract around 80% of the heat generated from the fire while an open fire would waste 75 percent of its heat due respective to the wind. Biomass stoves are not a drastic invention; simply a conventional way to stay eco-friendly.

Source: BBC

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    [...] Biomass is also a very popular alternative source of energy. The energy is derived from burning plants, and it is one of man’s first sources of energy. Very recently, wood was still the primary sources for heat, and it can still be seen as being the main one in developing countries. However, in the developed countries wood is mostly used for aesthetic purposes. Nevertheless, there are still roughly around 2 billion people in developing nations that use wood for “heating and cooking”. [...]

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