Your guide to using Good Wood in Hawke’s Bay. Very dry wood, which burns hot with little smoke, will help your health, the environment, and save you money.
We started the Good Wood scheme to improve air quality using education and local firewood merchants committed to providing dry wood. If wood isn't properly dried, it burns with less heat and produces lots of smoke, polluting the air and costing you more money. Burning damp wood means the fire is mostly used boiling the moisture out of the wood, and this is why there’s lots of smoke. You are actually using up more wood for fuel to get the fire hot enough!
When you choose a Good Wood merchant, you're opting for a trusted source of dry firewood that burns well, keeping your home warmer and our air cleaner. Good Wood merchants have to sell wood with a moisture content of below 25%.
Smoky fires pollute the air creating a health risk. They are also a sign you may be wasting your money by using more wood and getting less heat.
When your fire is well underway, it should be hot and all you should see from your chimney is a thin wisp of smoke or no smoke at all.
An approved wood burner, when used correctly, produces very little air pollution inside and outside your home and is efficient to run.
Using Good Wood from a Regional Council approved merchant will also help – this is very dry wood which has been carefully managed to guarantee that it burns hot with little smoke. So as well as helping your health and the environment it will, in the long run, save you money.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has approved the following Good Wood merchants:
Chambers Woodyard Ltd
06 843 4077
06 878 4465
027 299 1355
027 333 4874
Get the basics right, and you can have perfect firewood.
Perfect firewood has a moisture content of below 20 percent. Above that, wood in your firebox puts its energy into drying, not producing heat.
It also creates lots of smoke and a sticky creosote layer inside your flue. Research has found if you do it right by following steps, your fire will be more efficien.
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