Well, not always. We have a lot of trees here in Scotland but only a small proportion of our burning fuel comes from the faster grown softwoods. Hardwoods, in particular those mature and beautiful ash and oak trees that grow well here, provide much better logs for the fire or stove...and if they are taken from trees that have fallen or reached the end of their lives, AND are properly dried to a low moisture content, then the carbon footprint of logging them is relatively low...BUT, the ecological impact can be more severe.
However, there is a more eco-friendly, carbon-friendly way to fuel your stove, which is by using recycled timber products and sourcing them as close to home as you can. This is what the Wood Fuel Co-operative is doing, whilst also striving to obtain top quality, efficient fuels that are affordable and give out the heat you want.
So here's to a more carbon-friendly, environmentally-sound and toasty-warm 2012!