Wood burner

“Enjoy the Heat, not the Smoke!”

Wood burners need to be operated without causing smoke or smell nuisance to neighbours.

In the Wairarapa, air pollution is severe at times. The level of small particles (PM10) in the air during winter far exceeds regulations designed to protect human health. More than 80 percent of the small particles come from the burning of wood and coal in wood burners.

The Council and Carterton residents must reduce the level of PM10 in the air - the regulations require that the standards for PM10 are met by 1 September 2016.

The Council does not want to ban the use of wood burners, but for targets to be met, wood burners must be operated in a way that minimises the amount of smoke (containing small particles) that is generated. This means that many people need to change the way they use their wood burners.


Using wood burners

Many people burn wood as a source of heat and enjoyment. It's economical, renewable and can heat your home well, if used properly.

The efficiency of wood burners will vary. However open fires will actually draw heat from your home and are very inefficient.

A wood burner or open fire that is not being used properly can produce excessive smoke which wastes energy and your money, builds up dangerous creosote and creates air pollution. Inefficient wood burners and open fires can also be fire hazards.


This guide offers key information on how to enjoy your wood burner safely, get the best heat out of your firewood and decrease the smoke.

Good practice guide for operating a wood burner please view here

Building consent form for residential wood burners please view here