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This publication discusses factors to consider in determining the economics of heating with wood.

Many residents are trying to reduce their home heating costs by burning wood in a fireplace, stove or furnace. Before getting too "fired up" over wood heating, it's a good idea to be able to answer "yes" to the question, "Is it worth it?"

People can frequently justify burning wood for social reasons because they enjoy the fire--it's fun, good exercise, an enjoyable family outing, or it gives a feeling of independence from the use of our nonrenewable energy resources. From a purely economic point of view, however, wood heating may cost more money than it saves.