The correct operation of a heater not only means more efficient burning and heating, but also reduced chimney smoke which may cause a nuisance to nearby residents.
Some of the ways in which to ensure the correct operation of your wood heater include:
- Always burn small logs of dry, well-seasoned hardwood;
- Store firewood in a dry, well-ventilated area;
- Stack wood loosely in a wood heater to allow air to circulate
- Use dry kindling to establish a fire quickly;
- Do not leave the fire to smoulder overnight;
- Regularly check the chimney for smoke;
- Ensure the chimney is cleaned at least once a year to remove soot and tar build-up. This will increase the heat of a fire and reduce smoke emissions.
For more information, visit epa.nsw.gov.au
When investigating an odour complaint Council considers factors including the source, the amount of odour emitted, the duration and rate of emission, the sensitivity of the surrounding environment and the impact.
You can reduce odour emissions by keeping your property tidy and preventing vegetation or rubbish from accumulating. Also, please consider weather conditions before starting work that will create an odour – for instance, don’t fertilise your garden on a hot day.