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Fun Facts about Heating with Wood

  1. The first known fireplace dates back to the 11th century in a castle in Scotland.

  2. Wood stoves were first patented in 1557 by French inventor Francois Cuvilliés.

  3. The first cast iron stove was made in the United States in 1642.

  4. The first manufactured fireplace was created in 1678 by Prince Rupert of the Rhine.

  5. In the early 1900s, most homes in Canada relied on coal-burning stoves for heat, but by the 1920s, wood-burning stoves became more popular.

  6. The efficiency of a fireplace or wood stove can vary widely, depending on the design and construction.

  7. Properly seasoned hardwoods, such as oak and maple, are the best types of wood to burn in a fireplace or wood stove.

  8. Burning wet or green wood can cause more smoke and creosote buildup in the chimney, leading to potential safety hazards.

  9. Fireplaces and wood stoves can be a significant source of indoor air pollution, which can lead to health problems if not properly vented.

  10. Using a fireplace or wood stove can be a great way to reduce heating costs during colder months.