Savvygirl - you've got to understand that after 2 pages of discussion talking about the emissions of even the newest 'eco designed' stoves, for someone to come on and say that they've had a burner for 40 years and they've been ok and haven't suffered any ill effects isn't really addressing the point I was making and felt very much like the 'its never done me any harm' argument. But in terms of taking the thread seriously, and working on the assumption that you haven't seen any of the research on wood burning, I've added a few links for you to read.
I did start this thread on the premise that perhaps people who burned wood genuinely weren't aware of the environmental impact, especially given the stove manufacturers claims of green and eco burning. So in that spirt here are some links for you to read:
There are many more, but these should give you a clearer idea of why I'm concerned about this in our area.