Wood fire heaters

Correct installation, maintenance and operation of your wood heater will ensure you enjoy the warmth of your fire and avoid creating excess smoke that may be a nuisance to your neighbour.

Wood smoke can become a serious nuisance for those affected, impacting on their health and quality of life. EPA encourages neighbours to resolve problems between themselves where possible. Talk to your neighbour respectfully if their wood heater is producing a lot of smoke, they may not be aware there’s a problem.

  • Only purchase a wood heater that is certified to Australian Standards AS/NZS 4013:2014 and AS/NZS 4012:2014

  • Ensure your heater is installed by a licensed person in accordance with the Building Act 1993

For more information please contact Council’s Building Department on 1300 322 322.

Ways to reduce smoke from your wood heater

  • Before winter, have your flue professionally checked and cleaned

  • Refer to the manufacturer’s operation manual for instructions specific to your wood heater model

  • Burn only dry, seasoned, untreated wood

  • Get a hot fire going quickly with plenty of paper and small kindling

  • Keep the air controls set high enough to keep the fire burning brightly

  • Never overload your wood heater with too much wood

  • Never leave your heater to smoulder overnight. This starves the fire of oxygen, producing more smoke and air pollution

  • Check the chimney occasionally for smoke emissions

  • Consider the wellbeing of your neighbours