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Outdoor wood furnace in operation. Source: Washington State Dept. of Ecology
Outdoor wood furnace in operation. Source: Washington State Dept. of Ecology

Outdoor furnaces taking the heat

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Winter seems a long way off. But with the price of home heating oil and natural gas expected to continue to soar, North Country residents are already scrambling for cheaper ways to stay warm. Outdoor wood furnaces are an increasingly popular alternative because they can burn most any kind of wood. But tonight in Jefferson County, the village of Sackets Harbor may join a growing number of communities to restrict or ban them. As David Sommerstein reports, the smoke from outdoor furnaces can bother neighbors and pose a risk to human health and the environment.

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David Sommerstein
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