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Better burning

Better burning

Updated 29 April 2019 2:34pm

Better burning, or “smoke-free” burning, is better for your health and can save you money.

To become a better burner check to see that you are using a great fire-lighting technique, suitable wood and an efficient wood burner.

Particle air pollution breakdown

Compiled from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand 2015 emissions inventory.

Better burning is better for your health

Save yourself the smoke – wood smoke contains fine particles that can get deep into your lungs and cause health problems.

Learn how to burn smoke-free

Treated timber is not worth the risk – burning treated timber can release poisonous gases such as arsenic. 

How to spot treated timber

Be careful what you reach for in the wood pile...

Better burning is better for your pocket

Less smoke, more fire – energy lost through smoke means less heat from your fire.

Learn how to burn smoke-free

Dry wood, best value – dry wood gives off less smoke and more heat.

How to keep your wood dry

Don't let your hard-earned money go up in smoke!

Need to replace your old woodburner?

If you live in Masterton or Wainuiomata we may be able to help you in replacing your old wood burner. For more information read about the Warm Greater Wellington scheme

If you are installing a new wood burner it must meet national wood burner standards, so check out this list of authorised wood burners

Want to know more about air quality?

Air quality in the Wellington Region is generally pretty good. However, during the winter months, some of our inland valley areas (such as Masterton, Carterton, Upper Hutt, and Wainuiomata) can experience very poor air quality because of smoke from home fires.

Find out more information about air quality in the Wellington Region.

Got a complaint? 

If you are being affected by unpleasant or excessive amounts of smoke please call our Environmental Hotline 0800 496 734.

What's happening?

Look out for upcoming activities this winter, including local events, tips on buying and storing wood, competitions and Who is Frank?

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Masterton District Council Carterton District Council New Zealand Home Heating Association