How Technology and Innovation Are Making Outdoor Wood Burning Stoves More Efficient and Environmentally Friendly

Since ancient times, wood burning has been used for heating in some capacity or other. Although, of late, wood stoves are thought of more as a decorative appliance than a heat source, in truth wood heat is still one of the most economical ways to heat. In this blog I want to discuss how technology is making wood heating more efficient, more practical, and ultimately more environmentally friendly.
In this era of technical advancement it will come as no surprise that even something as simple and traditional as a wood burning has been improved by it. Most modern wood stoves, both indoor models and outdoor wood-fired boilers utilize some form of electronic temperature controller.Initially this was just a simple thermostat that opened the damper and turned on a fan to fan the flames when the temperature is low and turn it back off when the desired temperature is reached. As time progressed, companies began experimenting with more advanced electronics. One such leading edge technology is a variable rate damper, which, together with the controller, supplies just enough oxygen to the fire to burn as efficiently as possible while producing as little smoke as possible. Another area in the outdoor wood burning boiler industry where technology is on the rise is that of remote monitoring. Some companies are developing technology which will allow you to monitor your outdoor wood boiler’s temperature from anywhere in the world on your mobile device.
Wood Gasification In Wood Stoves
Wood gasification is the process of covering the elements present in wood into their gaseous state. Wood gas consists mainly of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen: a flammable concoction. This technology has been utilized in several major industries to power engines and during World War II most nations experimented with it as a way by which to gain more energy independence.
The History of Wood Gasification
In wood stoves wood gasification did not become popular until the 21st century. Today, most companies manufacturing wood stoves or outdoor wood boilers have a line of boilers that employ this process.
How Gasifier Outdoor Wood Boilers Work
As a result of the benefits of wood gasification, and as a result of decades of hard work and research by manufacturers, wood stoves today can burn up to 50% less wood and are a much greener and cleaner heating option than ever before in history.

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