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BurnWise

Health Check Your Wood Heater

One smoky chimney can affect the air quality of an entire neighbourhood and exposure to wood smoke can trigger respiratory conditions.

The BurnWise program promotes the efficient operation of domestic wood heaters to minimise smoke emissions into the air. A correctly operated wood heater should not produce visible smoke, except for a short time on lighting.

  • Start your fire with dry kindling and the air intake fully open.
  • Burn dry seasoned firewood—never burn green, wet or treated firewood.
  • Always operate your wood heater with the air intake open, even overnight.
  • Keep your wood heater burning brightly.

Store right, burn bright, breathe all right

About the BurnWise Program

The BurnWise program promotes the efficient operation of domestic wood heaters to minimise smoke emissions (or particle pollution). The program has been designed to support local governments to manage domestic wood smoke in their areas.

A correctly operated wood heater which is compliant with the Australian and New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS 4012: 2014 and AS/NZS 4013: 2014) should not produce visible smoke, except for a short time on lighting. Many older, non-compliant wood heaters can also be operated so they emit little or no visible smoke.

The BurnWise program does not suggest people should give up their wood heater but promotes the use of compliant wood heaters and responsible wood heater use, so that wood smoke emissions are minimised.

All firewood and wood heaters offered for sale in Western Australia must comply with the Environmental Protection (Solid Fuel Heater and Firewood) Regulations 2018.

Further information on these regulations is available here.

ChimneyChecker

Further information is available on the BurnWise program:

Wednesday 14 June
9am – 3pm