Wood Heaters

Wood heaters are a great source of warmth during the winter days. However, wood heaters and open fire places are a major contributor to outdoor air pollution. Smoke from these devices can cause physical discomfort to those with respiratory illnesses, especially to children and the elderly. If not operated correctly wood heaters and open fire places can cause problems to your neighbours and adjoining properties.

If you wish to install or remove a wood heater, please see the following building section of our website:  Construction and Installation - Wood Heaters.

Tips to avoid excessive smoke emissions and maintain your wood heater

  • Only burn dry, seasoned hardwood
  • Correctly light a wood heater to ensure a clean, brightly burning fire
  • Never leave your wood heater to smoulder as this produces more smoke and air pollution
  • Never overload your wood heater by placing too much wood in the fire
  • Ensure that your flue or chimney is higher than your neighbours roof line - this will stop smoke from your fire entering your neighbour’s home
  • Regularly check the inside of the firebox, look for cracks or changes to the surface
  • Regularly remove ash from the firebox
  • Clean the flue at least once a year

What to do about excessive wood heater smoke emissions

If you are experiencing excessive smoke emissions from your wood heater or if you are concerned with smoke coming from a neighbour's wood heater, contact Council’s Public Health Unit on 9518 3555.

If you are experiencing smoke emissions from a neighbour burning off you should contact Council's Local Laws on 9518 3555.

More Information on Wood Heaters

Information on how to purchase the right wood heater for your premises, correct installation procedure (using a licensed plumber) and guidelines on how to operate wood heaters, please refer to the following links.

Download Hot Tips for Cleaner Wood Heating (pdf, 847KB) or request a copy by contacting our Public Health Unit on 9518 3555 or email mail@monash.vic.gov.au

To find out how to choose a suitable wood heater for your home and the correct operating procedures, visit the EPA Wood Heater's Information page.

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Last updated: 12 September 2016