Top 10 Cleaner Wood Burning Tips Clean Air Tips

Saturday, October 01, 2016 - Winter is the perfect time for enjoying a fire in your Woodstove or Fireplace. These reminders will help make your burning more efficient, safe and neighborhood friendly.

  • Build small, hot fires. Do not add too much fuel at one time.
  • Step outside and check the chimney or flue. If you can see smoke, your fire may need more air.
  • Read and follow your stove manufacturers instructions.
  • Do not bank the stove full of wood and damper down the air supply. This wastes wood, produces air pollution, promotes creosote build-up and yields little heat.
  • Do not damper down too far. Allow enough air to reach the wood.
  • Make sure your stove is the right size for your home.
  • Do not burn in moderate temperatures. You will be tempted to damper down to reduce the heat which wastes wood and creates air pollution.
  • Do not burn when air currents carry your smoke to your neighbors property.
  • Burn only dry, seasoned firewood. Garbage, paper, plastics or any household debris is illegal to burn in the State of Washington.