2011 Oct. 19: MN Minneapolis: More warming up to electric fireplaces
Minneapolis Star Tribune
But Prokes is no purist who insists on a wood–burning fireplace. … wood stoves and fireplaces as major contributors to particulate-matter air pollution in …
And wood-burning fireplaces can be environmentally and physically harmful. The American Lung Association cites wood stoves and fireplaces as major contributors to particulate-matter air pollution in much of the United States. Wood smoke can be as irritating as cigarette smoke for people with asthma, pulmonary disease or recurring lung infections, said Dr. Brenda Guyer, an asthma and allergic diseases physician at Park Nicollet.
For Prokes, the decision was more economical than environmental. “I could spend $400 for an electric or $20,000 for a real fireplace that required a major remodel,” he said. “For several hundred bucks, I love it.”