Phenols and aromatic hydrocarbons in chimney emissions from traditional and modern residential wood burning
Journal article, 2001

The emissions from a traditional tiled stove consisted mainly of lignin-related methoxyphenols with antioxidant properties, and 1,6-anhydroglucose from cellulose degradation. A wood stove of presently introduced energy-efficient design for residential heating and hot-water supply was shown to emit small amounts of methoxyphenols and anhydrosugars from primary wood pyrolysis. Secondary harmful components like benzene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons constituted a major portion of the organic emissions. It is concluded that differences in smoke composition are essential to consider in recommendations and rules for proper choices of wood burning devices.

air pollution

health hazards

gas chromatography


wood smoke


Jennica Kjällstrand

Department of Chemical Environmental Science

Göran Petersson

Department of Chemical Environmental Science

Environmental Technology

Vol. 22 391-395

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