Skip to content

A frank conversation about... what to burn

A frank conversation about... what to burn

Updated 17 March 2021 2:39pm

Better burning, or “smoke-free” burning, is better for your health and can save you money.

Meet Frank the crayfish. He cares about the environment, and your health. 

To become a better burner check to see that you are using a great fire-lighting technique, suitable wood and an efficient wood burner. 

This winter, we're starting a frank conversation about treated timber in particular. 

Your health

Treated timber is not worth the risk – burning treated timber can release poisons such as arsenic into the air. 

How to spot treated timber

Save your lungs the smoke – wood smoke contains fine particles that can get deep into your lungs and cause health problems.

Learn how to burn smoke-free

Your pocket

Less smoke, more fire – energy lost through smoke means less heat from your fire.

Learn how to burn smoke-free

Dry wood, best value – dry wood gives off less smoke and more heat.

How to keep your wood dry

Need to replace your old woodburner?

If you live in Masterton or Wainuiomata we may be able to help you in replacing your old wood burner. For more information read about the Warm Greater Wellington scheme

There are no restrictions on wood burners in the region, but if you are installing a new wood burner check out this list of authorised wood burners

Air quality in our region

Air quality in the Wellington Region is generally pretty good. However, during the winter months, some of our inland valley areas (such as Masterton, Carterton, Upper Hutt, and Wainuiomata) can experience very poor air quality because of smoke from home fires.

Particle air pollution breakdown

Compiled from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand 2015 emissions inventory.

Find out more information about air quality in the Wellington Region.

Got a complaint? 

If you are being affected by unpleasant or excessive amounts of chimney smoke we will happily provide some targeted advice. Please call our Environmental Hotline 0800 496 734. This will be followed up by a member of our Environmental Regulation team. You may also wish to contact your local authority who may have bylaws or other legislation to deal with this.

What's happening

Look out for upcoming activities this winter, including local events, tips on buying and storing wood, competitions and chances to meet the infamous Frank the Crayfish.

Proudly supported by our partners

Masterton District Council Carterton District Council New Zealand Home Heating Association