I appreciated the article in the Times’ Nov. 25, 2011 Issue titled “Wood Stove Exchange Program.”
It is understandable why more and more people are choosing wood stoves to heat their homes. The climbing cost of electricity and natural gas and the pure warmth these stoves produce, make them a comforting alternative.
My concerns are that with every stove which is burning, the smoke and particulates produced is filling our neighbourhoods. Those of us with fan-forced electric and gas furnaces, no matter how efficient our furnaces (and homes) are, draw in outside air to replace the inside air used to heat our homes. When our surrounding air is still and causing an inversion, we draw the fall-out into our homes. I would like to thank those involved with this wood stove exchange program. Your article was very informative and I encourage all those who utilize these family-friendly heaters to educate themselves and maximize the efficiency of their stoves.