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Wood-burning fireplaces may be causing significant health problems for Central Valley residents

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Sara Jane Pohlman/News-Sentinel

Natural gas-burning fireplaces on display at Ben’s Appliance in Lodi on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. The inserts are started not with chopped oak, but with the turn of a dial.

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There aren’t many scenes filled with more comfort or nostalgia than curling up on the sofa in front of a warm, crackling flame burning merrily away in a big brick fireplace, especially if the weather is stormy.

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Sara Jane Pohlman/News-Sentinel

Natural gas-burning fireplaces on display at Ben’s Appliance in Lodi on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. The inserts are started not with chopped oak, but with the turn of a dial.