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Dry wood that burns hot with little smoke gives you best value for money – these merchants guarantee dry wood with moisture content of 25% or less. Find out how to get the best out of your fire.

Good Wood Badge finalHow to get the best from your fire

Smoky chimneys waste your wood, heat, money, and of course pollute the air which is a health risk.

When your fire is well underway, all you should see is a thin wisp of smoke or no smoke at all. Your approved wood burner, when used correctly, produces very little air pollution inside and outside your home and is efficient to run. Using good, dry firewood is also essential...and saves you money.

Here are ways you can improve the efficiency of your fire and minimise air pollution: 

  • Go outside and check your chimney - is there any visible smoke?
  • Use only dry, seasoned fire wood from a reputable supplier
  • Never burn treated or painted wood
  • Put your rubbish in the bin, not in the fire
  • Don’t damp the fire down when you go to bed
  • Have your wood burner and flue professionally checked and serviced each year before the winter begins..

Here are some tips about choosing and storing firewood:

  • Plan ahead - stock up on wood 6-12 months before intended use.
  • Purchase your wood Gather dense hardwoods earlier than softwoods.
  • Select wood which is already partially dry.
  • Choose sound, solid wood, avoid rot and excess bark.
  • Split larger logs to assist drying and burning.
  • Stack fuel loosely in a dry place so air can pass freely through the pile.
  • Cover the top and two sides of the stack.
  • Use fuel in order - the oldest and driest first.

Say no to treated timber

NEVER burn in your indoor fire driftwood from the coast or chemically treated or painted timber. Burning these timbers releases chemicals inside your home that can make you very sick.  So don't gather from the beach and refuse offers of free firewood from house demolitions – they are not worth the risk! 

Good Wood Scheme Merchants

Properly dried wood that burns hot with little smoke gives you best value for money – trying to burn wood with more than 25% water content really doesn’t make sense, as you’re using energy to burn water.

Approved Good Wood Merchants are approved by Hawke's Bay Regional Council as the guarantee dry wood with moisture content of 25% or less.

Woodstocks Firewood Merchants Ltd
06 8771710

Handy Stacks Ltd
06 834 4350, 0508 STACKS

Donovan's Firewood
06 878 4465

Express Firewood
06 842 0971

Authorised Wood Burners

To check for authorised wood burners that have been tested and found to meet the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality, please go to MFE Approved Woodburner List


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