Water, Earth, Sky

Scott Shenk writes about the environment.

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More efficient, environment-friendly wood burning

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 12 million Americans use wood-burning stoves. And there are probably thousands of people in the Fredericksburg area who fire up the stove each winter morning. With the wood-heating season upon us, the agency has some tips for burning wood efficiently, while helping reduce emissions in its Burn Wise Program. They include: upgrading to an EPA-certified stove or fireplace insert; burn only dry, seasoned wood; have your stove and chimney regularly checked by a professional.