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Wood Burning and Air Quality

Tips for Selecting Firewood

The key to creating a bright, hot fire is good fuel.

Wet (unseasoned) firewood smokes more than dry wood. The moisture in the wood needs to evaporate before the wood will burn.

This lowers the temperature of the fire, causing less complete combustion and excessive smoke. *Also see our kindling product Smart Burn for more heat and less smoke.

Burning dry (seasoned) firewood will give you a hot fire, leading to more complete combustion and less smoke.

The Green Centre is a Firewood Association of Australia approved distributor and is only allowed to supply seasoned and sustainable harvested firewood.

What not to burn

To avoid producing toxic gasses, never burn:

  • household rubbish
  • driftwood
  • treated wood
  • painted wood
  • green pine logs

Each heater is designed for a specific type of fuel – using the wrong fuel can result in undesirable pollution emissions.

How can you tell if wood is dry?

To tell if wood is dry/seasoned, bang two pieces together. You should hear a loud, hollow crack. Alternatively, tap the wood with a key or coin.

Dry wood makes a sharp, resonant sound. Wet wood sounds dull.

*Reference: EPA Victoria, 2017
http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/air/wood-burning-and-air-quality

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