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.
Compiled from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand 2015 emissions inventory.
Save yourself the smoke – wood smoke contains fine particles that can get deep into your lungs and cause health problems.
Treated timber is not worth the risk – burning treated timber can release poisonous gases such as arsenic.
Be careful what you reach for in the wood pile...
Less smoke, more fire – energy lost through smoke means less heat from your fire.
Dry wood, best value – dry wood gives off less smoke and more heat.
Don't let your hard-earned money go up in smoke!
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.
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.
If you are being affected by unpleasant or excessive amounts of smoke please call our Environmental Hotline 0800 496 734.