Be smart, burn better

Whenever you’re burning indoors or burning outdoors, always make sure the materials are dry. It’s better for your home and the environment.

Burning indoors

Do you use a wood burner to heat your home? To get the best out of your fire and reduce your emissions we recommend the following hot tips:

  • Only use dry wood in your burner. Damp or green wood doesn’t burn very well and won’t heat your home properly.
  • Use kindling to get your fire started quickly. Only add larger pieces once there is a good bed of hot embers.
  • After starting your fire, leave the air controls open on your burner. This allows oxygen to enter the burner, helping it reach full temperature faster. This may take up to 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Don’t dampen down or let your fire smoulder overnight. This releases more smoke particles into the air, which are bad for your health and your community.

Better firewood for your home brochure here.

Find you guide to good wood burning practices here.


Outdoor burning

Smoke from outdoor burning can get up your nose, in your eyes and into your clothes – and may cause a nuisance to your neighbours too, particularly if the smoke drifts out of your property.

Outdoor burning is any burning outside of a building. It includes burning in a heap, in a drum, vegetation, campfires, barbeques, bonfires, hangis, umus and braziers, or other solid fuel patio heaters and appliances.

We have established rules for outdoor burning to keep everyone happy:

You must ensure your outdoor burning does not cause a nuisance to others. If you live in a residential or urban area your fire must be at least 50 meters from any boundary.

You may burn the following permitted materials only if they are dry:

  • paper or cardboard
  • untreated wood (must not be painted, varnished, or contain glues or plastics)
  • plant matter (must be dry, so you can’t burn newly cut plants).

You must NOT burn the following prohibited materials:

  • food waste
  • any rubber including tyres
  • motor vehicles and vehicle parts
  • all plastics, including disposal nappies
  • any chemicals including garden sprays and agrichemicals
  • treated timber including plywood, chipboard, particle board and fibreboard used oil and other petrol related products. this includes oil, diesel, and turpentine.
  • paints of all kinds including varnish, glues, adhesives, and polyurethanes.

View the Outdoor Burning Brochure 2017

You can find the comprehensive list of banned materials in Section 4 (Rule of the Air Plan.

Burning FAQs

These are the most common questions we are asked. You can find comprehensive guidance on issues relating to burning in the Air Plan. Read more

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