Learn how to burn smoke-free
The smoke from your chimney is just wood that hasn’t fully combusted (or burnt). Perfecting your technique reduces smoke levels and creates a great, warm fire.
Wood smoke also contains fine particles that can get deep into your lungs and cause health problems.
Learn how to build a smoke-free fire with fire-master Dave Pullen.
|Step 1||Fold newspaper into long strips and tie them into single knots.|
|Step 2||Place knots and several pieces of scrunched up newspaper into your wood burner.|
|Step 3||Loosely arrange 8-10 pieces of kindling on top of the paper in a teepee shape.|
|Step 4||Add a couple of small logs, making sure not to crush your teepee.|
|Step 5||Set the airflow to high and light your fire.
Tip: Keeping the door open a little helps the fire to get going.
|Step 6||Once the kindling is burning well (five minutes), add some more small logs.
Tip: Now you can close the door properly.
|Step 7||Once the small logs are burning well (10-15 minutes), add some big logs.
Tip: Make sure there’s space between the logs to allow air to circulate.
|Step 8||Once the fire is going well, you can turn the airflow down.|
|Step 9||When reloading, turn the airflow back to high for 15 minutes or so.|
|Step 10||Sit back and enjoy!|
It’s normal for some smoke to come out of your chimney while you’re getting your fire going, but it should be burning well and smoke-free after about 30 minutes.
Once you’ve got it going, brave the cold and go outside to take a look at what’s coming out of your chimney. Does it look similar to the picture with a tick? Congratulations – you’re a master fire-builder!
If it looks like one of the pictures with a cross, your wood burner is producing too much smoke.
Consider the following:
Photo credit: Western Australia Department of Environment and Conservation