Since we moved out to the country, living on a farm, we’ve gone to the use of a wood furnace to heat our house. While that tends to require far more work (cutting wood is not easy—but fun), and problems (the fan is currently not working, so it looks like we’ve gotta get that fixed), we’ve really enjoyed it. Plus the heat tends to be really strong, so we actually have to open windows to compensate.
Well, apparently wood furnaces are becoming popular in the suburbs, something we probably would have done when we move back into a city area. They are getting so popular and common though that they create too much smoke for the community! These outdoor wood furnaces produce a lot of smoke (and my thinking is that some of these guys don’t use proper wood for burning, like probably using pine—which smokes worse than a chain-smoker!—and thus creating the community problems). So much smoke that people in the suburbs are complaining and perhaps creating city ordinances to limit the use of these wood furnaces.
That’s too bad. I guess you really can’t have that many wood furnaces burning so close together…but then again in the old days of London, shown in Mary Poppins, didn’t all the houses have chimneys like right next to each other? Man I wish I could find a picture of old London with all the smoke….