IF YOU MUST BURN, THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO BURN SMART AND BURN CLEAN
Save money, reduce air pollution and protect your health and the health of those around you by burning smart.
Burn only clean, seasoned wood
Split, stack, cover and store firewood. Use well-seasoned (at least 6 months) firewood split to the right size - generally 7.5 to 15 cm (3 to 6”) in diameter and 35 to 40 cm (14 to 16”) in length.
PREVENT THE RELEASE OF TOXIC CHEMICALS, NEVER BURN THESE PROHIBITED MATERIALS
- Pressure treated or painted wood
- Plastics and styrofoam
- Particleboard, MDF or plywood
- Saltwater driftwood
BUILD SMALL HOT FIRES AND AVOID SMOULDERING
Burn clean. Use small pieces of wood kindling and newspaper to start your fire. Use dry wood – 20% moisture or less. Moisture meters are available at hardware stores. Burn small, hot, bright fires.
Burn smart. Do not damper or hold your fire overnight. This creates air pollution, promotes creosote build-up in your chimney, and does little to provide heat.