I had meant to post this last month, when things were cold and snowy and wintry.  And now, the weather seems to have broken, and temperatures getting above freezing during the day, so we’re having lots of snow melting going on.  It’s not as timely as I had originally intended, but this wood-burning stove is still a nice thing to look at.

From a carbon perspective, burning wood is not as environmentally unfriendly as you may think. While burning wood certainly puts carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, growing wood absorbs and retains the CO2, so it’s more carbon neutral overall than even so-called clean burning fuel like natural gas.

On TreeHugger, Lloyd Alter wrote about this stove by Bullerjan which was allegedly (though not very likely) “designed by Canadian lumberjacks.” Regardless of its origins, it’s still an interesting and appealing design.

Theoretically, I think this should work.  The tubes on the sides help conduct air along the furnace to warm the air. Air certainly gets heated up from the sides of a conventional wood burner, and hot air will rise.  But the tubes would, I think, create a more directed circulation, with a stronger draw and better circulation.

I’d like to experience one in person to see how well it works before I recommend it to anyone.  But for now, despite its alleged Canadian origins, it’s only available in Europe.