The long nights and short days are finally here, so shut the windows and crank up the heat. This winter, a lot of people will do exactly that, and then when the electric bill comes-gasp! That’s a lot of wasted mullah! Or, what if a horrible blizzard or thunderstorm blows out the power? If you have a generator, that’s great, but for those who don’t, I’m sure they wouldn’t want to be cuddling up quivering in the cold and dark. These are just a few of the main benefits of having a real fireplace.
During autumn and winter, people can get really sad, in fact, the syndrome is actually called “SAD” meaning Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a real form of depression found in the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual. It’s not unusual that weight gain and fatigue as well as depression all kick in during the shorter days, and that in many cultures and religions around the world, people have used fire and candles to lighten the mood. This is why it’s safe to say that we can look to a nice crackling fire as our savior during the winter. Aside from the obvious benefits, the simpleness of a great ambiance to lift someone’s spirit can be found in the soothing music of spitting flames and the soft glow of the stove, even when it’s “pouring cats and dogs” outside. I dare anyone to try it and disagree.
Heat and Light and a Little Bit More
Again, no one wants to shiver on a cold winter’s night. Good thing wood burning fireplaces generate enough heat to warm the house in a short amount of time, and keep it going throughout the day and night as long as you continue to feed the fire occasionally. This is in turn, produces a soft glow of light, and both the heat and light will definitely come in handy if the power is ever to go out.
So, the wind howls and rain pours, what do you do if everything else is shut off? You simply use the fire! It produces light, heat, and all of the above for staking it out through a night without power. Not to mention, if you do have a real burning fireplace, you can cook your meals on top or roast food by the flames. So while the Hendersons are eating cold sandwiches in the dark next door, at least you can cuddle up nice and warm by the fire with a hot meal.
Friendly on the Green
No more wasting the green when it comes to warming the house. As long as you have a good supply of firewood, you’re clear for the rest of the winter, and your wallet will thank you. But there is another “green” that will thank you. Not only will your financial world be pleased by having a wood fireplace, but so will the environment.
Many times people fall for the stereotype that a wood burning fireplace is just plain bad for the environment, when this is simply not true. For example, if you were to use a different source of heat, what would it be? Electricity? Natural gas? Oil? Every single one of those are are made by fossil fuels, which in turn, will never be able to be remade or replenished, while on the other hand, wood is in fact, a source that can be reproduced over and over. Believe it or not, everywhere trees are being regrown, and this is because the US Forest Service makes it so; they don’t allow people or companies to cut down and timber irresponsibly. W
ood fireplaces not only ease us off the fossil fuels we are dependent on, but they also reduce harmful toxins like greenhouse gas emissions. Fireplaces that use wood are also “green” if you consider that most people will seek out their own local stock, instead of purchasing it from distant companies that would in turn, pump more pollution into the atmosphere had the wood been delivered by large trucks over hundreds or even thousands of miles.
With light, heat, the ability to cook, the friendliness on your wallet and the environment, who wouldn’t want a real burning fire place?