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Postby bodhi » Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:27 am

Wood Smoke Gets Around the Neighborhood...
During the winter heating season weather patterns often restrict air circulation.
Any pollution becomes trapped and concentrated near the ground during these “air stagnation” periods. Unfortunately staying indoors may not afford much escape. Wood smoke particles are so tiny they seep into houses... even when the doors and windows are closed.
A recent study shows that wood smoke pollution indoors can reach up to 70 percent of the outside pollution level in the surrounding homes which do not burn wood. Neighbors of wood burners may unwittingly breathe smoky air, even if they do not burn wood indoors themselves.
Wood smoke contains a mix of air pollutants including particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and toxics such as benzene, formaldehyde and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (carcinogenic components.)
The US EPA warns that exposure to a fraction of a nanogram of PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) increases our risk of developing cancer.
~Wood Burning Fireplaces: Romance or Risk, BioScience Vol. 32 No 2, February, 1982.

and from a recent study:
July 11, 2005 — Exposure to wood smoke may increase the risk of lung cancer via a mechanism similar to that of tobacco.
"... our findings demonstrate that wood smoke could produce similar effects on p53, phospho-p53, and MDM2 protein expression as tobacco.… It is important to consider wood smoke exposure as a possible risk factor for the development of lung cancer in nonsmoker subjects."
"Our findings," Delgado and his colleagues write, "suggest that wood smoke, like tobacco smoke, could be involved in lung cancer(development)."
SOURCE: Chest, July 2005.

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Wood-Burning Stove Sparks House Fire

Postby pm2.5mary » Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:48 pm
Wood-Burning Stove Sparks House Fire

POSTED: 6:31 pm MST January 16, 2007

January 16, 2007 -- Twenty-two firefighters from the Las Cruces Fire Department responded to a house fire Monday afternoon.

The first arriving units found smoke and fire coming from roof of the residence, located at 1818 Boston Drive.

Firefighters quickly made entry into the house and onto the roof to extinguish the fire in the attic. Fire damage was limited to the attic, but there was some water and smoke damage inside of the structure.

No injuries were reported.

Investigator Adrian Arias stated that the fire was accidental in nature and originated in the attic. The fire started in the flue of a wood-burning stove. Damage is estimated at $17,000.

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The EPA scientist John Gilman spreads misinformation.

Postby pm2.5mary » Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:19 pm

This article is supposidly anti-woodsmoke, but Gilman of the EPA tells you to avoid tobacco smoke but keep burning! He says that you can keep wood smoke out of your home, tells you that wood smoke can't be know as well as tobacco and is the same as tobacco and tells you to just clean your chimney and keep burning. There is a suggestion to move to a gas log, but how can that compete with the misinformation?
Fact: Wood smoke is nastier than tobacco smoke and it damages the cells40 times longer. It is documented, we have about 40 scientific papers on this fact alone. Burning your fireplace, even with a clean flue puts out about 1 pound of deadly fine particulate as well as gases. You harm your home and your neighbors.

Fireplace danger
Wood-burning fire contains many chemicals present in tobacco smoke
Monday, January 15, 2007
News staff writer

If wood smoke smells to you like winter evenings at home or campfires with the family, you aren't alone.

Experts warn that many people are fooled by nostalgia into exposing themselves to smoke that can cause cancer, lung disease, heart disease and other illnesses.

"Nothing says home and hearth like a good old wood-burning fire," said Dr. Weily Soong, of the Alabama Allergy and Asthma Center in Birmingham. "In the good old colonial times, you'd use a wood-burning stove. But there's a reason we have natural gas now, and there's a reason coal plants are trying to clean up their act now."

All smoke is composed of a mix of gases and particles that can be microscopic and penetrate deep into the lungs. From there, they can irritate the lungs, enter the bloodstream or cause cell mutations.

"What these gases do, and also the small carbon particles do, is that they cause some sort of inflammation or irritation," Soong said. "Any time you have some sort of inflammatory response or re-healing, your cells could get mutated."

Healthy people generally are not at risk from short-term exposure to smoke, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However, dozens of studies have found that wood smoke can become a serious pollutant, both indoors and outdoors.

In some Northern states, wood boilers to power homes or wood-burning stoves are becoming popular as alternate sources of energy because of increasing energy costs. In some areas, wood smoke is the most prevalent source of air pollution, and one that is unregulated.

In the South, wood smoke is generally believed to account for about 20 percent of particle pollution, according to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. In areas with heavy industry or vehicle traffic, wood smoke contributes a smaller percentage of the particles in the air.

Particle pollution, both indoors and outdoors, is particularly dangerous for children, whose lung development can be stunted. Any smoke can trigger asthma, and studies are being performed to determine whether smoke can cause the onset of asthma.

Wood smoke also can cause increases in respiratory infections and can increase the risk of heart disease.

Combustion of wood produces nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide, gases that can reduce the oxygen in the bloodstream and lower the immune response.

Chemicals in wood smoke also have been found to cause cancer. Wood smoke contains dioxin, benzene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, some of the same chemicals blamed for cancer from cigarette smoke.

Wood smoke has not been studied as extensively as tobacco smoke, although the EPA has become more interested in it recently. John Girman, senior scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency, said it's hard to compare wood smoke and cigarette smoke; far more studies have been conducted into the effects of cigarette smoke. But the mechanism is basically the same. All smoke is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles produced when wood or other organic matter burns.

However, anyone can keep wood smoke out of their homes just as they can shut out tobacco smoke, said Girman.

"In the case of environmental tobacco smoke, avoid it. Don't let it in your home," Girman said. "It's a very straightforward thing. In terms of a wood-burning fireplace, get it inspected before the wood-burning season. Make sure the chimney is clean."

Or replace a wood-burning fireplace with cleaner-burning gas logs.

"Don't forget, you're always inside," Soong said. "Our houses are so energy-efficient that you're just generating pollution and it remains in the house. In the good old colonial times, you'd have quite a bit of circulation coming from the outside into the house."


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Postby FriendofAir » Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:05 pm

Interesting article, better than nothing. Have you talked with Girman?
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Postby Anti-Cancer from New York » Sat Mar 10, 2007 4:27 pm

outdoor wood boilers are a source of health problems for neighbors and owners. they emit lots of woodsmoke which is very cancerous, as is plastic, as be green mentioned. plastic is the second "tobacco" industry that we are not being protected from.
outdoor wood boilers are cropping out all over the country. they need to be banned as soon as possible. there is no safe level of exposure to woodsmoke, so having the epa certify them is a joke because they certify epa indoor woodstoves which can give off almost double the amount of smoke two months after you buy them, due to the stoves deteriorating. i would not expect the epa to be protecting your health from woodsmoke. you need to use your common sense and realize the epa is a political organization which might be just as interested in the dollar, as opposed to being interested in your personal health.
Woodsmoke causes cancer. Woodsmoke kills. Cigarette smoke kills 1200 people a day in America. About 1 out of 2 people now have cancer in the United States. Without your health, you have nothing
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