The Disadvantages of Firewood

Firewood burning stoves provide a natural way for a home owner to heat their residence by burning split logs. While many owners prefer log burning stoves to electric heating options, using a wood burning stove does not come without its drawbacks, including the extra work, space and risks a stove provides.

Firewood can be burned to heat a home.


Wood burning stoves can get messy if they are not properly maintained. As the logs are burned, they turn into ashes which fill up the bottom of the wood burning stove and must be emptied regularly for safe use. If care is not taken when cleaning the ashes, they can get on the area around the stove, creating a mess.

Wood Problems

In order to effectively use a wood burning stove to heat a home or room, a great deal of fire wood is required. Storage of the wood after it has been cut requires a great deal of space. Wood must be stacked and protected from the elements to prevent it from becoming wet and difficult to burn.


Handling the wood logs around the fire requires caution to avoid injury as a result of the flame, and the tools used for manipulating the wood can get very hot and injure an individual if they touch them while hot. As logs are burned, they deposit creosote in the chute or chimney, which must be cleaned out as it can lead to fires.

Heat Distribution

Unlike central heating, which can have vents in all rooms in a house, a wood burning stove provides localized heat. For this reason, the areas immediately around the fireplace or stove can get much warmer than other areas in the home or room being heated.


Wood burning contributes pollution to the environment in the form of the smoke emitted as the wood is burned. The smoke released serves as a pollutant to the outside, particular in winter months, and can also pollute the air inside the home if not properly vented, causing smoke to build up in your rooms.

Robert Preston

Robert Preston is a professional writer who majored in journalism at The College of New Jersey. In addition to work for various websites, Preston has done public relations with Major League Lacrosse's New Jersey Pride organization, where he served as the team's beat reporter.