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Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Fresno County Considers Ban on New Fireplaces

This week, Fresno County, CA Board of Supervisors will consider a total wood fireplace ban, countywide, for all new homes below the 3,000 foot elevation.

Estimates of pollution from fireplaces ranges around 3%, so even the environmentalists question the value of the ban. They suggest requiring new fireplaces meet EPA standards.

Makes sense to me.

Unfortunately, the ban seems to be moving forward. It's passed once - it just needs one more review. Guess they just want to say they're doing something.

To read the story...

Sunday, August 07, 2005


Wood Stoves Hit the Popular Press

The October issue of Inspired House (the relatively new house magazine published by Taunton Press) has two articles relevant to woodstoves. Just shows how the concern for alternative heat sources is growing.

One, Getting Fired Up by Scott Gibson, identifies wood stoves as a counterpoint for rising fuel costs and notes a few of the issues to consider before purchasing. Not much new here, but a good general introduction for someone who hasn't thought about it before.

The second is a Q & A about chimney pots. That's something we haven't written about on the site yet. Michael Bentley, owner of the Chimney Pot Shoppe in Avella, PA and www.chimneypot.com answers that chimney pots are both decorative and useful for improving the draft - especially in a chimney that is too short.

If you're just beginning to explore woodstoves, visit our site. Perhaps start on this page. It lists many of the reasons to install a wood stove.

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