Wood Heaters

Wood Heaters

Council Approval Required for the Installation of Solid Fuel Heaters

There are standards relating to the purchase and installation of woodheaters.

If you are buying a new woodheater, it is important to make sure it has a compliance plate meeting the Australian standard (AS/NZS 4013:1999).

You also need to get approval from Council to install a solid fuel heating appliance under the NSW Local Government Act 1993.

For more information see Application to install a woodheater.Application to install a woodheater. (PDF 562.3KB)

Smoking woodheaters can produce two or three times as much fine particulate pollution as cars.

Woodsmoke also contains noxious gases like carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen and a range of organic compounds (some toxic).

Here are some steps to help reduce the pollution levels of woodsmoke:

  • Burn only dry aged hardwood – unseasoned wood contains moisture and smokes
  • Store firewood in a covered stack with plenty of air access
  • Don’t let the fire smoulder overnight – keep enough air to maintain a flame
  • Never burn rubbish, driftwood or painted or treated wood – they can produce poisonous gases
  • When lighting a cold fire use plenty of dry kindling to establish a good fire quickly
  • Use several small logs rather than one large one and stack them loosely so the air can circulate
  • Keep the flame lively and bright – the fire should only smoke when you first light it. Open the air controls fully for five minutes before and 15 – 20 minutes after reloading the heater
  • Keep an eye on your chimney to make sure it is not smoking
  • Heaters and flues should be cleaned regularly to keep a good air flow.

Council has prepared a helpful video to give residents some instructions and tips to reducing wood smoke.