• “An easy way to get a less smoky chimney. Don’t damp the fire down before you go to bed.”

  • “Another way to get a less smoky chimney. Never burn treated wood.”

  • “A less smoky chimney is easy. Use dry, seasoned wood only.”

  • “Here’s a way to have a less smoky chimney. Put your rubbish in the bin, not the fire.”

  • “When you get everything right, all you should see is a thin wisp of smoke or no smoke at all.”

How to reduce smoke

Print this brochure to learn how to reduce smoke

Air Pollution

A short tale about air pollution in Canterbury

PM10

Check the PM10 levels in your town

Top tips

  • 1 Go outside and check your chimney
  • 2 Put your rubbish in the bin, not the fire
  • 3 Use dry, seasoned wood only
  • 4 Never burn treated wood
  • 5 Don’t damp down the fire before you go to bed

When your fire is well underway, all you should see is a thin wisp of smoke or no smoke at all. It’s easy to achieve – get your fire hot and burning brightly, and you’ll get it right.

For expert advice on wood burners and how to use them, visit the New Zealand Home Heating Association website, or watch this video.

  • ECan Website
  • Ashburton District Council Website
  • Christchurch City Council Website
  • Timaru District Council Website
  • Waimakariri District Council Website