Compared with using fossil fuels for heat (natural gas, propane, coal, etc.) wood is much more eco-friendly. It is considered “carbon-neutral,” which means when it burns, it doesn’t add additional carbon dioxide to the environment. This is because in its natural state as a tree, wood absorbs carbon dioxide that’s in the atmosphere. During combustion, a balance is maintained. Finally, even with all the other advantages, you want a wood stove that looks nice in the living spaces.