CCHRC members and sponsors provide vital, sustaining support for our mission to promote and advance healthy, durable, and sustainable shelter for cold climates. Donations help fuel many projects, including sustainable prototype houses in rural Alaska, renewable energy tests, and the production of educational videos, publications and multimedia. Your contribution to CCHRC makes change happen by providing valuable support to our research efforts.
Wood-Burning Technology Study
CCHRC is evaluating the economic and environmental considerations of a variety of wood energy appliances for residential use, including wood stoves, pellet stoves, wood boilers, and masonry heaters. The testing will operate the wood-burning appliances in ways similar to their everyday use in homes to see how they perform. Additionally, local cord wood species, wood pellets, barley, and other varieties of pellets will be used to fire the appliances.
The goal of the tests is to understand how wood energy appliances perform both environmentally and economically when operated and fired in real world conditions. The findings are intended to help inform consumers of economic consideration of burning wood and the best practices to operate appliances more efficiently, thereby emitting fewer particulates and requiring less fuel.