WOOD AS A RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE: LEARNING MATERIALS FOR GRADES 9-11
Volume 11 Number 2.
Wood As a Renewable Energy Source was developed as reference material on renewable energy sources with the aid of the Ontario Institute For Studies in Education. Tony Smith, the author, who has some handyman experience with wood and in building his own house, starts the reader with a short history of wood burning, information on harvesting wood and its dangers, the theory of burning, and how stoves and chimneys work. The book ends with a chapter on types of stoves and their efficiency.
The first two chapters on history, harvesting, and safety are incomplete but are well done. The author does not do so well with the oxidation theory discussions and even more poorly with the sketches. There are no photographs. The last chapter on stove selection should prove useful to adult consumers.
Smith concludes his book by pointing out that he will save between $400 and $500 this year by burning wood, investing only a few week ends in cutting, hauling, stacking, etc. This type of reasoning does not take into account the money he could make on a part-time job in that amount of time. Wood is a renewable resource, but in preparing a reference work, an author must do a lot of research, be objective, and refrain from political remarks, especially when a current topic (energy) is the subject.
Peter Chemoff, Thorn C. I., Regina, SK.
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