You must correctly store and operate your wood heater to prevent excessive smoke affecting you or your neighbours.
Wood smoke can significantly affect neighbours who suffer from respiratory illnesses, as well as young children and the elderly. It can also cause a nuisance to neighbours by preventing them from using outdoor areas, or causing washing on the line to smell of smoke.
The moisture content of the wood you are purchasing must be below 20% and the retailer should have a moisture meter to show you how dry the wood is. Purchasing wood in summer or early winter will mean it has low moisture content. Wood should be stored in a well-ventilated, undercover area. Using dry wood gives you more heat for your dollar.
Correctly Use a Domestic Wood Heater
Use paper and kindling to get the fire burning hot and bright before adding larger logs in order to minimise smoke when lighting a fire
Open the flue and leave the air control on full. Allow full air for 15-20 minutes after reloading, and either let the fire burn out overnight or leave the air supply open a little to avoid excessive smoke
Check your chimney occasionally to monitor the amount of smoke emissions and have your flue cleaned at least once a year.
Contact the Department of Environment Regulation or the Australian Home Heating Association for more information. Please contact the City to report an issue or make a complaint.
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