- Burn Dry – Burning green (wet) wood wastes energy and contributes to the creosote build up quickly. Purchase dry wood and store it that way until use.
- Pay for Efficiency – Always invest in the most efficient wood stove you can find. Look for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Certification as well as a UL Certification as your best indication that the stove operates safely and efficiently.
- Size Matters – Wood stoves can be sized for the space they need to heat. Buying one that is too small or too big is a waste of money and energy.
- Burn the Best – If you are bent of using firewood for heat, remember that generally the harder, heavier and denser the wood, the more heat you’ll get out of it. Be selective when purchasing firewood and always burn the best.
The book is also available online at Amazon.com and reads well on chilly nights when sitting in front of a roaring fire, assuming you are still bent on burning firewood to heat your home.