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Biochar–Black is the new Green

Biochar—Black is the new Green “Carbon farming”—adding a form of charcoal to the mix of soil amendments is currently being tested in laboratories, test plots and field demonstrations across the nation.  The carbon is called “biochar”.  Biochar registers in the 80 percent organic carbon range and can be produced from a wide range of forest and agriculture wastes. Why biochar? There are a wide stream of environmental and economic benefits but, most significantly, biochar increases water and fertilizer use efficiency …

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All About Gas Fireplaces

Posted: November 6, 2014 Source: THIS OLD HOUSE.COM Wood is good, but you can’t beat the ease of a fire that lights with the push of a button. The experts at This Old House explain what it takes to put a gas-fueled hearth in your home There’s only one thing better than a roaring fire on a wintry night: a roaring fire that needs no tending, requires minimal cleanup, and doesn’t leave the rest of the house freezing cold. That’s …

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All About Pellet Stoves

Posted: November 6, 2014 Source: This Old House.com These high-efficiency heaters let you turn down the household thermostat while warming your rooms, providing ambience, and reducing your energy bills: In colder climates, heating accounts for about one-third of a homeowner’s annual utility bill, which is why many are seeking thriftier ways to stay toasty. Freestanding pellet stoves and inserts that fit inside an existing fireplace are an increasingly popular solution. They look like traditional woodstoves but operate more like a …

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10 Uses for Wood Ashes

Posted: November 6, 2014 Source: This Old House Get fired up about putting that pile of soot to work A cord of firewood can produce 50 pounds of ashes—a formidable heap of soot but also a great source for mineral-rich dust that has practical uses. Just be careful to store them in a fireproof container with the lid shut to choke any embers. Unlike ashes, you can’t use flames any place except in the fireplace. Use wood ashes to: De-skunk …

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