A Greener, Cleaner Wood Fire?

When our new house came with a wood-burning fireplace, I envisioned us cozying up in front of the fire reading books to our delightful young daughter.  Of course, in the back of my mind I knew that wood fires cause more air pollution than other types of fuel.  They also lower the air quality in the house, which can be a concern when you have a new baby or anyone in the family with asthma or other breathing troubles.
wood burning fire place

Another environmental downfall of wood fires is that they don’t heat your house; in fact, lighting a fire will result in a net heat loss in your home.  So does that mean we can never light a wood fire in good conscience?  Well, there are a few ways to enjoy an eco-friendlier fire: