Ousehold understanding of Firewood logs as a renewable energy. Based on the UK with a focus on Scotland.

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography -Master of Science (MSc) in Forestry and Forest Products

Objectives of the Study
The aim of this study is to investigate households understanding of firewood logs as a renewable energy. It will focus on
1. What is the current use of firewood?
2. Do users have enough understanding to utilise wood efficiently; is this important to them?

Literature review to cover Climate change (briefly). Wood as a renewable energy including government targets. Overview of domestic firewood use in UK particularly Scotland. Heat from WoodWood combustion, emissions from wood combustion, products of incomplete combustion. Properties of wood -Moisture content, Species densities. Calorific value comparison of wood in log form against gas electric and oil. Logs size, log storage and stacking. Improved wood burner/stove efficiency. Additional perceived benefitssuch as aesthetics and connection with nature.

Sources.
Forestry Commission(uk)
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Rolls,W. 2013 The Log Book, Getting the best from your woodburning stove.

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Timber Trade Journal
Forestry Journal