Check your wood burning appliance – the cleanest burning and most efficient wood burning appliances are newer technology appliances certified to the CSA B-415 or EPA New Source Performance Standard for Residential Wood Heaters.

Burn efficiently.

Good firewood is a must.

  • Buy locally sourced firewood.
  • Season your firewood for at least 6 months – moisture content should be less than 20%.
  • Store your firewood properly – outdoors and off the ground with the top covered.
  • Never burn anything in your appliance other than good firewood and dry kindling, newspaper or all-natural firestarters.

Do not burn:

  • Household trash, including cardboard, plastics, foam and the colored ink on magazines, boxes, and wrappers
  • Coated, painted, and pressure-treated wood
  • Ocean driftwood, plywood, particle board, or any wood with glue on or in it
  • Wet, rotted, diseased, or moldy wood
  • Plastic, asbestos, rubber, manure and animal remains

Burn safely.

When using your woodburning appliance, follow these guidelines for safe operation:

  • Keep flammable items away from your appliance such as curtains, furniture, newspapers and books.
  • Only use newspaper, dry kindling and all-natural or organic fire starters. Never start a fire with gasoline, kerosene, or charcoal starter.
  • Do not burn wet or green (unseasoned) wood.
  • Many wax and sawdust logs are made for open hearth fireplaces only. Consult your appliance’s operating instructions before using artificial logs.
  • If you can use them in your appliance or you have an open-hearth fireplace, only burn manufactured logs made from 100% compressed sawdust.
  • Build hot fires. For most appliances, a smouldering fire is not safe or efficient.
  • Keep the doors of your woodburning appliance closed unless loading or stoking the live fire. Harmful chemicals, like carbon monoxide, can be released into your home.
  • Regularly remove ashes into a covered, metal container. Store the container outdoors on a non-flammable surface.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Check your local air quality forecast before you burn.

Burn responsibly.

Look for these signs of good combustion:

  • When wood burns it should be flaming until only charcoal remains. If there are no flames, something is wrong.
  • If there are firebricks in the firebox, they should be tan in color, never black.
  • Steel or cast iron parts in the firebox should be light to dark brown, never black and shiny.
  • With seasoned wood, correct air settings and proper loading arrangement you should expect almost instant ignition of a new load of wood – a long delay before ignitions indicates that something is wrong.
  • If the appliance has a glass door with air wash, it should be clear.
  • If the appliance has a glass door without air wash, it will be hazy, but should never be totally black.
  • The exhaust coming from the top of the chimney should be clear or white. A plume of blue or gray smoke indicates smouldering, poor combustion, air pollution and probably low system operating temperatures.

contact us

Have a question or just want to say hello? Drop us a line and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

13 + 6 =