Nuisance smoke and fumes
When we investigate complaints about smoke and fumes, we will consider:
- the amount of smoke or fumes being emitted;
- how long the smoke or fumes are emitted for, and the characteristics and qualities;
- the sensitivity of, and impact on the environment;
- the view of other neighbours or complainants.
How can I reduce the smoke emissions from my chimney?
- Choose firewood carefully - wet or green timber produces more smoke than dry aged timber. Do not burn manufactured timber products (eg. chipboard) or treated/painted timber.
- Stack wood under cover in a dry ventilated area - wood should be air-dried for at least eight months before it is ready to burn.
- Burn the fire brightly – a brightly burning fire with air controls open produces less smoke.
- Keep air controls open at night - do not shut the air controls overnight as this causes excessive smoke.
- Clean and maintain your chimney at the beginning and end of winter each year.