To help you stay extra warm and breathe easy during the cooler weather, it is important to use your wood heater as efficiently as possible and source dry seasoned hardwood, storing it well over the winter months.
Air pollution from wood heaters is definitely not something to share around the community, especially for kids and people with breathing issues. Responsible wood heater use and maintenance reduces wood smoke.
- Use plenty of kindling to get your fire started and heated up quickly with the air intake wide open for maximum air flow around the fire.
- Add small pieces of wood then gradually build up to larger pieces as the fire becomes more established.
- Keep enough air circulating to maintain a flame so don’t overload the firebox. Don’t let the fire reduce to a smoulder as this creates more smoke.
- 5 minutes before putting more fuel on the fire open up the air intake, and then reload the fire and leave the air intake open for another 20 minutes.
- Chimneys tend to smoke for up to 10 minutes when the fire is first lit, when done correctly and with the right sort of hardwood. If it smokes for longer after startup, or for more than a minute after reloading fuel, there is something wrong with your wood or the operating method and this needs to be corrected.
- Keep your chimney clean. To reduce the build-up of soot and creosote, burn the fire fast for 1-2 hours every day the fire is lit.
For more information, visit the EPA Woodsmoke website.
If you are planning to install a wood heater, contact Council to discuss any compliance requirements with our Duty Desk on 02 4868 0888 or email Council on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information can be found at NSW EPA’s Check your Heater Complies with the Standard webpage.