A mature beech tree has withdrawn about 1.800 kg of CO2 from the atmosphere, filtered around 7.000 kg of dust out of the air every year and produced 4.600 kg of oxygen, enough for an adult human to keep breathing for 13 years. So does it make sense to burn such a miracle of nature in our stoves?
The answer is definitely YES!
In the interest of sustainable forestry, the regular harvesting of wood is indispensible for the healthy development of woodland. In Germany, the growth of wood amounts to about 12 m3 per hectare per year of which only about half is utilised. The remainder either rots or goes to increase the country's reserves of wood. Germany now has Europe's largest stock of wood in the form of forest.
However, only a portion of the firewood used comes from the forest. The rest is waste material from sawmills, private gardens or wood harvesting. When a tree is felled e.g. for industrial use, the proportion of "waste" used for energy generation is always around 36%.
Wood has an excellent environmental "footprint". Heating with wood fuel is not only CO2-neutral but also avoids damage to the environment caused by the extraction (e.g. oil platforms, fracking etc.) and transport (pipelines, road transport etc.) of fossil fuels.
The promotion of renewable energy is an important component of Germany's energy turnaround. The ambitious targets set by the government will not be achieved without taking wood as a fuel into consideration.
This year, the 25,000th DROOFF VARESE stove was produced and delivered to the Colnrade stove-dealer. Just in time for Nikolaus-Day, Björn Dauskardt received the custom built stove VARESE with company logo and hand-made control elements made of burlwood.
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