Canadians now spend
$6.5 billion annually to import oil and much of this is used in heating.
In the past, solid wood was the primary source of heating in most of
rural Canada. More recently, the forest resource has largely been overlooked
as a source of reliable and renewable energy. Of the wood burning options
available, current research into woodchip combustion suggests it is
a feasible alternative to fossil fuels, yet its use is mostly unrecognized
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