Andy Reynolds “Heating with Wood”

ISBN 978-0-9549171-5-9. “Heating with Wood” by Andy Reynolds published by the Low-Impact Living Initiative (LILI) in 2008. This is quite a small book and you will be able to plough through it very quickly as it weighs in at just 139 pages excluding 10 pages of resources at the back. The author is a former carpenter with an interest in forestry. Hence it is of no surprise that this book dwells on such topics as Charcoal-making, chain-saw safety and the concept behind building your own wood-burning stove! These sort of details will probably be superfluous to many a reader but this book remains quite comprehensive. The pages are small and the font quite large giving the whole look and feel of a set of long educational pamphlets glued together. Which is probably what it is seeing as it originates from LILI. Although Carbon Footprinting and Climate Change are mentioned there is no mention of Peak Oil. Despite this there is a brief and oblique mention to going off-grid when society comes crashing down. Obviously the author has his darker moments! We found the book useful in its ever-so brief insights into how to buy, store and split wood economically, effectively and safely. Few of us probably have quite the sumptuous storage space that the author has to store his logs. Many in suburbia may well be looking more towards wood pellet solutions via a boiler. The writing has a few anecdotes of sometimes questionable relevance but is otherwise authoritative. The book is probably not as good as the CAT equivalent – Chris Laughton’s “Home Heating with Wood”. The pictures of equipment in the book give the impression that they were taken sometime in 1950 such is the quaintness of the author’s work. It hardly sells biomass to the general public. This is for the beginner – but the hardcore beginner. It gives the impression of wood burning as being an old-fashioned and somewhat dark & dirty art. Reynolds will over no new friends, but as a text book you’ll need this on your bookshelf. Recommended.

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A passionate advocate of a peaceful transition to a sustainable political-economy, Mark hails from a working class farming background. Today he is a Company Director and Chairman of the Low Carbon Chilterns Co-operative. Whilst at University (Engineering Masters) he was active in Conservative Student politics but has had no affiliation since. He has travelled widely on business covering the USA, Europe, Middle East and Central Asian Republics. In 2007 Mark founded Post-Carbon-Living and a year later co-founded Transition Town High Wycombe. He lives with is wife & daughter in a home they retrofitted to be carbon-neutral. Today he blogs about surviving politics on a shrinking planet and is passionate in his rejection of Nationalism.

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