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Using or Buying Firewood? Get Informed or You Might Get Burned

Check out this informational video made by the County of Marin.

Did you know that a firewood seller cannot legally sell by the truckload? It has to be in increments of a cord — 128 cubic feet of tightly stacked wood. 

How much wood can fit in a six-foot pickup truck bed? Barely one-third of a cord.

These are just some of the facts on this short video produced by the County of Marin, University of California Cooperative Extension Marin and Kay Productions. Have a look.

Bill McGee December 11, 2012 at 07:19 AM
Ricardo Charducci – you responded to an opposing viewpoint with this: “so, Susan, you should focus your efforts on controlling the real sources of pollution instead of trying to bully the few people that actually need to burn wood to heat their houses.”. Really Ricardo you accuse Susan of bullying because she had the audacity to post this: “the video makes no mention of the known hazards of wood smoke pollution to human health”. Yikes! How dare she? Ricardo, we know you have long declared your exemption to ban on burning wood during spare the air days on the basis your home has no other source of heat. Fair enough. I don’t question your exemption to the law and you are entitled to your opinion but what do you base your contention that wood burning is not the cause of known hazards to human health? According to http://www.familiesforcleanair.org/myths/ “wood burning is the SINGLE LARGEST SOURCE of hazardous particle pollution during winter, creating even more particle pollution than vehicles and industry.” Check out this Resource Page! http://www.familiesforcleanair.org/resources/resources3/#ref5
Tina McMillan December 11, 2012 at 08:00 AM
Bill It really depends on the type of wood burning stove you use. Wood burning stove technology has created reductions in particulate matter. My stove has an emission rate of 2.6 grams per hour and is 11 years old. I do respect no burn days but like Ricardo believe that there are better ways to handle this issue such as getting the word out to folks that you can install a wood insert that keeps the air cleaner and still provides an option for heat that keeps you independent. http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/appliances.html http://www.epa.gov/Compliance/resources/publications/monitoring/caa/woodstoves/certifiedwood.pdf http://www.naturalresources.umd.edu/Publications/FactSheets/FS-939-Buying_a_clean_burning_Wood_stove.pdf
Christine December 11, 2012 at 02:44 PM
When I go outside in my yard for just minutes during an approved burn day, my hair and clothing actually reek of wood burning smoke. My dogs too! Please don't tell me it's not getting into my lungs because I know better
Tina McMillan December 11, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Christine When they talk about particulates it is the amount released into the air that affects people with COPD and allergies. If I go outside on a summer day I can often smell the cow pies from the area near Stafford Lake. I am at least three miles away. The folks that live near the freeway entrance to San Marin Drive can smell the landfill. They are also miles away. If you read the articles about wood burning stoves that are EPA certified you will find many that reduce particulate matter with the double flu system that increases the burn inside the stove. The goal is to burn as much inside the stove so it doesn't wind up in the air outside the stove. The smell of wood smoke is not necessarily a predictor of particulates that are released. When you burn wood there is an associated smell. Unlike the cow pies and the landfill, many people find it pleasant.
NovatoCitizen December 11, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I agree. And even worse, when our neighbors do this, it gets into our house as well. Even with windows up. Why people think it's okay to pollute the air in this way, is totally beyond me.

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