The Benefits of Outdoor Wood Furnaces

Residential Heaters Located Outside Decrease Heating Costs, Increase Efficiency, and Lower the Impact on the Environment

Copyright © 2012 Kyle Brent, All rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without written permission. Posted May 8, 2012


Fire provides home heating; photo courtesy Fir0002


It’s very important to the health of you and your family to keep the inside air properly conditioned, both summer and winter. There are many options for wintertime heating. Outdoor wood burners work the same way as traditional furnaces, and are a rising heating technology.

However, the idea behind this type of home or building heating is something that has been around for decades. The biggest benefits of an outdoor wood burner include decreased heating costs, the efficiency of housing a home’s heating source outside, and the impact on the environment.

Decreased Heating Costs

Gas, oil, and electricity are all common forms of traditional fuel heating sources. However, in remote or rural areas, where trees are plentiful, wood can be acquired rather cheaply. Cheap access to wood translates into decreased heating costs when used in an outdoor wood burner.

Even if you do not live in an area where wood is plentiful, you can still save money by using an outside wood burner when you have quality wood delivered to your home.

While it is true that you will have to pay for the wood, you will not have to prepare the wood yourself. Some delivery companies will even stack your wood in a designated place to make sure that it stays clean and dry for use in an outdoor wood burner.

Not having to cut, prepare and stack the wood yourself may not be a cost savings, but it is definitely a time savings, and will still cost less than using traditional fuel sources.

Saving Space by Putting Your Heating Source Outside

In most homes, having enough space for everything is essential, and sometimes a challenge. Since outdoor wood burners are self-contained, and built outside, you are not losing valuable home space.

You can get creative and use the added space in your home for something you ordinarily would not have room for. The outdoor wood burners are usually built within 30 to 200 feet from your home and look like small sheds, so you do not have to be concerned about losing valuable yard space either.

How an Outdoor Wood Burner Impacts the Environment

When an outdoor wood burner is installed correctly and maintained properly, it has a positive impact on the environment. This is done because it is not using gas, oil or electricity, which are expensive to collect and transport to homes and creates a great deal of pollution in the process.

However, if your wood becomes damaged, or your outdoor wood burner is not working properly, it will need to be replace or it could also result in a negative impact on the environment.

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