A healthy heating system can not be judged buy its BTU output, but by the quality of heat released by it. A masonry fireplace releases soft, constant radiant heat up to 24 hours. This heats up the walls of the building, thus preventing the generation of humidity (the main cause of mold) and therefore creating a fresh and healthy indoor climate. Less movement of air and healthy walls are the be-all and end-all of a clean and healthy indoor climate. Radiant heat greatly differs from the hard convection heat of traditional stoves.
A masonry fireplace burns wood fast and completely (with an efficiency of more than 80%) and therefore uses almost all the existing energy. The emissions amount to only a small precentage of the world´s strictest allowances, which leads to a considerable reduction of carbon dioxide. A small amount of wood is enough to heat your space comfortably, making it a healthy gathering point for the entire family.