EPA offers wood burning tips

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency is presenting

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homes with wood burning stoves, fireplaces, and boilers.

Here are some timber-burning pointers to comply with:

Upgrade to an EPA-licensed heater (timber or pellet stove, fire insert, or hydronic heater) or fuel heater. There are an expected 13 million fireplaces, nearly 250,000 hydronic heaters, and 8.Five million wooden stoves nationwide. About 57 percent of wood stoves are older, inefficient devices.

Split and season softwood exterior for at the least 6 months and hardwood for 365 days earlier than burning it. Burning pro wood generates extra warmness and, therefore, can bring about substantial price financial savings over the wintry weather. Wood burns satisfactory when the moisture content is much less than 20 percent. Inexpensive meters are available at hardware stores and on a line for testing moisture content.

Never burn painted or pressure-handled timber, ocean driftwood, wood that incorporates glue (e.G., plywood), household garbage, trash, cardboard, plastics or foam. All of those products emit toxic fumes when burned.

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Have a licensed professional carrier your wooden heater or hearth annually – don’t just depend upon a carbon monoxide alarm.

Start fires with newspaper and dry kindling or have a professional deploy a natural gasoline or propane log lighter for your open hearth.

Do now not let a hearth smolder – this increases air pollutants and does not offer warmness.

EPA notes that wood smoke is made from a mixture of pleasant debris and toxic gases that could damage fitness, especially for kids, older adults and people with a heart ailment, lung illnesses, consisting of allergies.

Exposure to first-class debris has been related to heart assaults, irregular heartbeat, coronary heart failure and stroke in people with a heart disorder, and might additionally boom susceptibility to respiratory infections, EPA said.

These intriguing math-based puzzles are easier to solve than you might think, and they are a fun tool for sharpening mental arithmetic skills as well. Here are some great tips for those who are new to Kenken puzzles, and you’ll be familiar with the logic of most of them if you already do Sudoku puzzles.

TIP 1: USE LOGIC NOT GUESSWORK

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Kenken puzzles are like Sudoku puzzles in this respect. If you make a mistake it’s never apparent straight away and when you do discover it it’s almost always impossible to retrace your steps and start again. Therefore use elimination and only fill in a number if you are 100% sure it’s correct. In the simple puzzles there is sometimes a cage with only one cell so only one number can go in. There, you’ve started.

TIP 2: WRITE DOWN THE NUMBERS YOU CAN ONLY USE
So if, for example, you are solving a 4 x 4 write the numbers 1 through to 4 somewhere near the grid. It’s good to always have the different numbers combinations and their relationships in your mind at all time. This is easier if you can see the numbers.

TIP 3: WRITE-IN CANDIDATES
Kenken puzzles are also like Sudoku puzzles in that it’s a good idea to write in candidates in the cells. Candidates are lists of numbers that could go in a particular cell and they can be penciled in the corner of it. You will find that later on you will be able to narrow these down to one single candidate as you start solving.

TIP 4: USE SCANNING TO ELIMINATE CANDIDATES
With Kenken puzzles know that the number can only appear once in any row or column. So if you find a number it’s eliminated from both the row and column that intersects that particular cell. Numbers can be therefore eliminated from candidate lists when cells are solved using this logic.

TIP 5: LOOK FOR ROWS AND COLUMNS THAT ARE ALMOST FINISHED
If a row or column has only one cell left unsolved then as you cannot repeat a number there is only one number that can go in it. For example, if you had a row or column of five with the numbers 2, 1, 5 and 3 already filled in then the last unfilled cell must contain a 4.

TIP 6: USE MATHS
Remember that Kenken puzzles use math, and this can further eliminate candidates.
For example, if you are solving a 6 by 6 grid and you have a cage that has a sum equal to 11 then there are only two numbers that can go in, 6 and 5 so we can put them as the only candidates. Always look for cages like this where only a few numbers can go in.

TIP 7: LOOK FOR PAIRS AND TRIPLES
Above are an example of pairs, and yet again this makes Kenken puzzles similar Sudoku ones. So, if you have two cells in a row or column where only two numbers can go, then those cells can be eliminated from other candidate lists in that row or column.

TIP 8: BE FLEXIBLE IN YOUR THINKING 

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If you get stuck switch techniques, i.e. go from looking for pairs and triples to scanning. When we get stuck in puzzles it’s usually because we’ve missed something and changing approach can usually uncover something we have overlooked.

TIP 9: COME BACK TO IT LATER
Even the best solvers get stuck once in a while. If you really are stuck save what you have done and come back to it another time. With a fresh mind you will spot something that you missed before.

Kenken puzzles are great fun so happy solving!

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