Free kindling at pre-winter wood burning demos

A free bag of kindling is just part of the drawcard for people to attend one of four special wood burner events coming up in Timaru, organised by Environment Canterbury.

Smoke-free Burning Demos – on 2 and 3 May (at 10.00am and 5.30pm each day) at Breen Plumbing – will give people the chance to see both an ultra-low emission wood burner and a low emission wood burner in action, ask questions, and walk away with a free bag of kindling to encourage better burning at home.

The sessions will be led by New Zealand Home Heating Association ‘firemaster’ Dave Pullen, who will demonstrate the difference between the low emission and ultra-low emission burners, while also giving plenty of tips on easy fire lighting – including the importance of using plenty of kindling – and how to burn smoke-free. Each session will last for about 90 minutes.

Find out more about burning smoke-free and home heating options available

Environment Canterbury staff will also be on-hand to answer questions on upgrading wood burners and the regulations in place to help improve air quality in Timaru and South Canterbury.

Manager of Timaru Operations at Environment Canterbury, Judith Earl-Goulet, said the aim of the demos was to upskill residents on how to burn smoke-free, as well as highlight the different home heating options now available.

“If seeing is believing for you, then the live demonstration of the low emission and ultra-low emission wood burners will give you a great opportunity to have a proper look at how these wood burners work.  There’ll also be plenty of time to answer questions about using wood burners this winter – we are here to help.”

If people are unable to attend the upcoming public events, they could get in touch with Environment Canterbury for one-on-one advice.

“We also offer in-home demos – where one of our Timaru team members will come to your home and give you helpful advice especially for your circumstance,” Ms Earl-Goulet added.

What are the home heating rules for my zone?

The rules for using wood burners vary in different Clean Air Zones and depend on property size as well as the age and type of burner.  In Timaru, older wood burner technology is being phased out.  Ultra-low emission wood burners can now be installed and used indefinitely under the current Air Plan.  Existing low emission wood burners are allowed for 15 years or until 1 January 2019, whichever is later.

More details, including information on older-style burners and replacement options, are available on the Environment Canterbury website or from Customer Services.

If people are worried about having an older style burner that needs upgrading (is nearing or has reached 15 years of age), they should get in touch with Environment Canterbury to discuss the different options available, including temporary waivers.

Smoke-free Burning Demos - Timaru

  • Dates: 2 and 3 May 2018
  • Times: 10.00 am and 5.30 pm both days
  • Venue: Breen Plumbing, 37-39 Browne Street

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