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Wood fires & open burning

Winter is fast approaching and we’re most definitely looking forward to the warmth of our wood fire. Nothing comes close to keeping the home warm and cosy.

As a pre-winter reminder we’d like to say that now is a good time to replace the battery in your smoke detector and clean the flue in your chimney. Both of these small actions will help keep your family safe and sound this winter.

The following information about ‘Wood Smoke and Open Burning” is provided by Great Lakes Council and is designed to inform communities about how to reduce excessive wood smoke and what the current regulations are regarding open burning.

For more information www.greatlakes.nsw.gov.au/Residents/Public_Health/Pollution_and_Open_Burning

Wood smoke

There are things you can do to prevent excessive wood smoke these include burning only dry wood, never let your heater smoulder overnight, keep the flame lively and bright, check to see if your chimney is smoking and have your chimney cleaned every year.

The common operational causes of excessive smoke include insufficient kindling, too much firewood in the heater, turning the air control to slow burn too soon after light-up or refuelling, trying to burn a single large log, adding firewood without opening the air control, an incorrectly placed log which blocks the air supply to the base of the fire and use of wood that is too wet.  Common installation or maintenance issues that cause excessive smoke include heater flue is clogged with creosote and needs to be swept (symptoms of a clogged flue are the heater is difficult to start or smoke enters the room when the heater door is opened), flue length is too short for adequate ‘draw’ (the flue is an important component of the woodheater installation and needs to be long enough to draw sufficient air for proper combustion of the fuel), poor location of heater and/or flue (a woodheater will perform better in terms of both heating effectiveness and reduced smoke emissions when located towards the centre of the home and not against an outside wall) and DIY repairs such as those that leave the heater with missing components or the baffle plate incorrectly installed.

For more information visit the EPA – Reducing wood smoke emissions

Open burning

NSW Control of Burning Regulation Under this Regulation, rubbish cannot be burnt and vegetation can only be burnt in residential and rural residential subdivisions following approval from Council.  Permits are also required by the Rural Fire Service within the Statutory Fire Danger Period (usually 1 October – 31st March each year).  If you wish to burn vegetation within a residential or rural residential subdivision, please complete the Application Form or contact Council.

For more information visit the Great Lakes Council – Open Burning Fact Sheet.



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