We all love a wood fire, right? But like everything else in life, there are trade-offs. Through the years we’ve learned a lot about how to minimize the negative outputs of a wood fire, especially particulate matter, while maximizing the useful energy (heat) that it puts out.
If you have a wood fireplace or stove, or are contemplating adding one to your home, do some research. This link, from the “Alternative Energy Primer” is a great place to start. Thoughtful design, regular maintenance, and proper use all make a difference.