Practices to prevent excessive smoke
All home fires pollute the air. However an efficient, low-emission wood burner used correctly generates more heat and less smoke.
To get the best out of your fire:
- Use dry wood. This gives more heat and causes less pollution.
- Buy your firewood before winter. Store it so that air can circulate freely away from the rain
- Start your fire with kindling. Add big pieces of wood once there is a good bed of embers
- After starting a fire leave the air controls open for at least 30 minutes to help the wood burn well and build up a good temperature
- Never burn rubbish, treated or painted timber. They release toxic chemicals
- Leave the air controls on your wood burner open overnight to give out more heat rather than letting your fire smoulder. This keeps your home warmer and generates less smoke
- Check the smoke coming out of your chimney. A clear emission usually means an efficient fire and less pollution.