Living: The Back-to-Wood Boom

Americans are finding new romance in an old flame

As oil, natural gas and electricity bills savage their budgets, Americans in great numbers are discovering that there's no fuel like an old fuel. Specifically, wood. Not only is it in plentiful supply and an infinitely renewable resource;* it is relatively cheap—or, for those who are willing to chop their own, even free.

The back-to-wood movement has gone from a slow burn to a blaze in the past three years. Many of the leading manufacturers and importers of wood-burning stoves (prices range from $75 to $1,000...

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