With the winter
months well and truly here, Council has received a number of complaints
relating to chimney smoke and smoke from burning off.
If your wood
heater is installed, maintained and operated correctly it is less likely to
cause a nuisance to your neighbours in creating excess smoke. Follow these tips
and tricks published by the EPA Victoria in reducing the amount of smoke your
wood heater creates.
purchase a wood heater that is certified to the Australian Standard AS/NZS
your heater is installed by a licensed person in accordance with the Building
winter have your flue professionally checked and cleaned.
to the manufacturer's operation manual for instructions specific to your wood
only dry, seasoned, untreated wood.
hot fire going quickly with plenty of paper and small kindling.
the air controls set high enough to keep the fire burning brightly.
overload your wood heater with too much wood.
leave your heater to smoulder overnight. This starves the fire of oxygen,
producing more smoke and air pollution.
outside and check the chimney occasionally for smoke emissions.
the wellbeing of your neighbours.
use of your wood heater or fireplace, particularly on still days, can
significantly improve air quality.
you live in the city and are thinking of a wood heater for your home, consider
natural gas instead. Gas heaters produce less pollution than wood heaters.
If you use wood
heating, or it is your only available source of heating, the impact on air
quality can be reduced through correct operation.
The amount of smoke a fire makes depends on
how much oxygen is available, how hot the fire is, and how dry and
well-seasoned the wood is.
Remember: Under Buloke Shire
Law a person must not burn any offensive materials including any of the
(a) any manufactured
(b) any plastic;
(c) any petroleum or oil;
(d) any paint or
receptacle which contains or contained paint;
(e) food waste, fish or
other offensive or noxious matter; and
(f) any material that in
the opinion of the Authorised Officer produces excessive or noxious smoke
emissions when burnt.
If you are in a
residential area you MUST apply for a permit to burn off
If you are concerned about
any fire or burn off, please contact the CFA directly
If you have any questions
regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact council’s
Environmental Health Officer or Local Laws Officer on 1300 520 520