During winter, many people like to use open fires or wood-burners to heat their homes.
To minimise air pollution and maximise heat efficiency, it’s important to know how to create a well-run, smoke-free fire - and that starts with knowing what fuel to use.
Clean fuel equals clean heat
Try using these fuels:
- dry wood
What you can’t use:
- tanalised, treated (processed) or painted timber
- wet wood
coal, particularly high-sulphur coal
- domestic rubbish
- glossy magazines or wrappers as they produce harmful chemicals.
To reduce air pollution at home, we encourage residents to improve energy efficiency by insulating their homes and using cleaner methods of heating. Get more information about insulation programmes.