Wood Smoke and Solid Fuel Heaters
Solid fuel heaters, including wood heaters, are a popular means of home heating. Wood is an effective, renewable fuel when burnt efficiently. However solid fuel heaters can be a major source of air pollution when they are poorly designed or not operated correctly.
It is important to ensure:
- Burn only dry seasoned wood
- Get a hot fire going quickly with plenty of paper and small kindling
- Keep air vents open for 20 minutes after starting and reloading the fire
- Keep the fire live and let it go out at night
- Check there is no smoke from your flue 20 minutes after starting the fire
- Avoid excessive smoke and consider your neighbours
For more information, visit the Wood smoke information pages of the SA Environment Protection Authority web site.