"Wood heater smoke contains fine particles and toxic chemicals including cancer causing compounds.
Any material floating about in the air can be breathed into our bodies. While some of the particles are exhaled, a
fraction is retained and these can have adverse impacts on our health.
Most at risk are the young, the elderly or those people who sufferer from bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, and other
lung or heart diseases.
There is also evidence that fine particle matter can lead to premature deaths.
Especially at risk are elderly people who suffer from chronic respiratory problems.
Everybody has a responsibility to help keep our air clean. If you can see or smell smoke then you are causing a
It has been easy for the forestry industries to blame wood heaters in the past for smoking communities out, even
though forestry put 32 times as many particulates into our Tasmanian air shed.
The number of wood heaters installed has diminished significantly as a result of, for example, the wood heater buy-
back program, but smoke levels are still unacceptable across some locations in Tasmania during the colder months of
Can you imagine how terrible it must be to live next to a smoky flue?
It is important for people to be warm and for their houses to be mould free - especially asthmatics.
Wood heaters, if used properly and considerately, play their part in helping to achieve this when other clean forms of
heating are not possible for whatever reason.
In Tasmania we need home heating for about 6 months of the year. We certainly do not need wood heater smoke for 6
months of the year!
The current emissions standard for a wood heater is 4gms of particulates for every 1Kg of dry wood burnt.
Certified wood heaters are tested under laboratory conditions which do not equate to real-life conditions.
Read below how air quality inside a Tasmanian home was seriously compromised by the operation of a wood
Go here to read COAG's Consultation Regulation Impact Statement.
Go here to read the cleanairtas submission.
Go here to read all the submissions
Councils manage smoke from wood heaters. Go here to see how councils and the EPA differ on who is meant to be
responsible for administering the Environment Act and Regulations in Tasmania.
Domestic Pellet Heating in Tasmania 7th March 2012. Go here to read the facts.
Island Bio-Energy say bulk deliveries of pellets will be available next season once reserves have been built up.
Annual average fuel consumption is about a tonne (66Kg bags) which compares to about four or five tonnes of
firewood to heat a typical Tasmanian home - Sunday Tasmanian - Winter heating feature May 12, 2013.
Go here to read the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities pages on wood
Go here to watch further video presentations on wood heater smoke by:
Dr Fay Johnston, GP and Tasmanian Senior Researcher Menzies Research Institute,
Dr John Innis, Senior Environmental Officer, Air, EPA Tasmania,
Professor John Todd, Academic and Consultant, Tasmania.
If you must burn go here to find a fighlighter that does not stink and lights easily.
Go here to read what the Australian Home Heating industry had to say on June 1, 2005