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Responsible Wood Burning

Smoke is a complex mixture of gases and particles that can irritate eyes & airways, and may cause or aggravate respiratory illness & heart disease. In some rare cases, breathing smoke can cause death. Only burn wood when necessary and follow local burning bylaws.

wood burning smoke from house chimney

Don’t burn when there is an air quality advisory in effect (see http://www.bcairquality.ca/ for more information).

If you must burn, use these quick tips:

  • Split, stack, cover, & store wood for 6 months prior to use
  • Use a moisture meter to check that wood has a moisture content of 20% or less
  • Use an efficient CSA or EPA certified wood stove
  • Don’t burn garbage or treated woods
  • Don’t burn during an air quality advisory
  • Maintain your chimney and wood burning appliance so it burns clean and is safe

These tips will save you time and money!

Even small reductions in smoke and particulate matter can have a large health impact!