As the days grow colder many of us are looking at how to stay warm. While staying wrapped up in blankets is toasty — it is not very practical.
A wood heater is a great option, but the smoke can upset your neighbours and pollute the air.
Here are some handy tips to help avoid this:
- Have the flue cleaned. The build-up of soot can cause fires in the flue and will affect airflow causing smoky fires.
- Use dry and seasoned timber to ensure a clean hot burn with minimal smoke. It is too late to dry out green timber that has been cut down recently.
- Avoid overloading or shutting off the air intake as it will cause excessive smoke.
For more information visit the EPA website.
If you are affected by smoke from a wood heater, speak to your neighbour as they may not be aware of the problem.
Contact Council’s Environmental Health Team for more information.