Which is more polluting... A car or a wood stove?

FyreBug Posted By FyreBug, Jan 26, 2011 at 1:14 AM


Which do you think is more polluting (Co2) a car or a wood stove?

  1. Car fer sure!

  2. No way! Wood stoves pollute more

  3. Me after eating Martha's five beans special chili recipe!

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  1. TomB

    Member 2.

    Nov 20, 2008
    Northern Illinois
    Side Bar...

    How many trees do I have to plant to offset the CO2 I emit in my lifetime? Not to mention the methane and C02 created by the deer that run through my yard?
    We generally plant 100 to 250 new trees every year on our property to replace dead or dying trees. Does anyone else replant trees on their property? I hug my trees, they will eventually end up heating my house. Does anyone have any idea if this type of stewardship for Mother Nature would improve or offset the "carbon footprint" of burning wood creates? I love reading everyone's posts. Any throughts? I didn't mean to takeover this thread...

  2. Texas Fireframe

    Texas Fireframe
    New Member 2.

    That is incredible. How much acreage do you have? And do you only burn dead or dying trees?
  3. webbie

    Seasoned Moderator 2.

    Nov 17, 2005
    Western Mass.
    A lot of this is a big picture item.

    Our state, for instance, has much more forest than in the past couple of hundred years! This is true of many areas because wood and charcoal are not used as much for heating, smelting and building.

    Whether those trees are on my property or on the conservation land behind me makes little difference. They are all eating CO2 and pumping out O.

    In a general sense, wood has no carbon footprint (or a balanced one), and given the rise in forest and other woody growth, it's probably a net gain......because so few people really burn wood.

    No doubt, however, that the more open spaces and forests we leave.....and even cultivate (good forestry) adds to the positive side of the equation.

    Burning wood for residential heat would not be a good thing if everyone did it......but the same goes for lots of other practices. The give and take have to be somewhat equalized.
  4. Fsappo

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Apr 9, 2008
    Central NY
    More importantly, which is faster, a tree or a rock?

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