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Dry Wood Scheme

How to get the best from your fire

Smoky chimneys waste your wood, heat, money, and of course pollute the air. Here are some ways you can improve the efficiency of your fire and minimise Air pollution: 

  • Go outside and check your chimney - is there any visible smoke?
  • Put your rubbish in the bin, not in the fire
  • Use only dry, seasoned fire wood from a reputable supplier
  • Never burn treated wood
  • Don’t damp the fire down when you go to bed

When your fire is well underway, all you should see is a thin wisp of smoke or no smoke at all. Using the right firewood is key to an efficient and safe fire. An approved wood burner produces very little air pollution, is efficient to run and helps reduce air quality problems inside and outside your home, if used correctly.

Using the right firewood is the key to a good fire. Here are some tips about choosing and storing firewood:

  • Plan ahead - stock up on wood 6-12 months before intended use.
  • Gather dense hardwoods earlier than softwoods.
  • Select wood which is already partially dry.
  • Choose sound, solid wood, avoid rot and excess bark.
  • Split larger logs to assist drying and burning.
  • Stack fuel loosely in a dry place so air can pass freely through the pile.
  • Cover the top and two sides of the stack.
  • Use fuel in order - the oldest and driest first.
  • Have your appliance professionally checked and serviced each year before the winter begins.

Say no to treated timber

NEVER burn driftwood from the coast or chemically treated timber on an indoor fire. Burning these releases chemicals that can make you very sick so refuse offers of free firewood from house demolitions – they are not worth the risk!

Outside Fires

You are still permitted to operate any outside fire used for cooking, such as barbecues, pizza ovens, hangi or brazier. However, general outdoor burning is prohibited in the airsheds between May and August and when local fire bans are in place or during fire bans in the Summer months.

Local bylaws for Napier and Hastings

“No occupier of any private residential premises shall permit smoke, noxious fumes or other matter to be emitted from any chimney, fireplace, barbecue, incinerator or other device on such premises to such an extent as to cause a nuisance, to persons residing or being in the neighbourhood. Where in the opinion of a duly authorised officer of Council a nuisance is being caused, the officer may require the nuisance to be abated to his or her satisfaction immediately”

If you are concerned by a neighbours smoke, you may want to give them some information about good burning, produced by HBRC, in the Dry Wood Leaflet. Or you can report them to the HBRC pollution hotline

Dry Wood Scheme

Dry wood that burns hot with little smoke gives you best value for money – trying to burn wood with more than 25% water content really doesn’t make sense, as you’re using energy to burn water.

These merchants guarantee dry wood with moisture content of 25% or less

Woodstocks Firewood Merchants Ltd
877 1710
orders@woodstocks.co.nz

Donovan and Co 2012 Ltd

878 4465
donovansfirewood@gmail.com

HandyStacks Ltd.
834 4350
RW and JP Burkin Ltd, CHB
857 3747

Hawke’s Bay Firewood Processing Ltd

027 523 2579
hamishc@xtra.co.nz 

MFE Approved Woodburner List

Telarc Registration Marks QUALITY ISO 9001 2015 for web

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