The traditional smoke on the face of the fireplace brick or stone and the “nice” woodsy smell, bring smiles of familiarity to some and tears to those of us suffering with allergies. So the question that begs for an answer is:
What about burning with corn and other flex fuels, will my allergies suffer?
The answer comes not in the fuel itself but in the technology. The typical Corn/Wood Pellet/Flex-fuel appliance today is designed with closed combustion, a negative draft system (which means that it pulls the fire and smoke through the appliance), a sealed venting system and a direct connect to outside fresh combustion air. These design features separate the smell and corresponding allergy dusts from the interior of the home.
What normally will bring dust and pollens into the home when burning with today’s technology is the handling of the fuel. When you use clean, dry fuel, handle it properly and perform the maintenance features of the appliance, you can enjoy relief from your allergies. Many customers suffering from allergies have stated that when they have installed their MagnuM or Country Flame Flex-fuel appliance that their allergies that flared up from even their old style furnace were reduced by the heat produced from their new unit.
The key to eliminating the effects of solid fuel combustion on the interior environment of your home is proper selection of the right appliance, correct placement and installation of the appliance, proper balancing of the home for fresh air, providing fresh air for combustion to the appliance, clean and dry fuel and proper maintenance of the appliance.
Now you can enjoy the warmth of your new appliance without looking through swollen eyes and a Kleenex.