We show typical wood heating stoves in 35 countries, though its impossible to capture a country's stove heating culture in a single photo. Most countries where wood heating is popular have a wide range of stove technology, from older, obsolete stoves to modern, expensive models. We focused on older stoves as they tend to be more common in most countries to show the widespread problem of stoves that emit higher amounts of particulate matter. Most countries have no regulations that set particular matter standards for new stoves. The issue of public funding for change out programs is often not an option.
We compiled a separate photo essay of firewood collecting cultures around the globe that tell equally important stories about the benefits of using a free, local fuel as well as the problems it can cause.
|A home in the United States|
Over the last 10 years, we have seen populations turn to wood stoves in large numbers our of political and/or economic necessity. The political crisis in Ukraine is driving increasing reliance on old and new stoves; the banking crisis in the US and Europe contributed to a meltdown in Greece, leading to widespread unemployment and a nationwide resurgence in wood stove use; incentive structures in the U.K. have led to more wood stoves, instead of pellet stoves.
These photos show how this ancient fuel source persists in helping to affordably keep people warm.