Heating your home, burning wood and air quality - they're all connected.
Congratulations to our 2020 Best Little Woodshed Winners!
Brad Watts (Redwood Valley)
Alec Furlong-Taylor (Upper Moutere)
Emily Beaumont (Motueka)
David MacInnes (Upper Takaka) won the People’s Choice Award for the most number of ‘likes’ on our Facebook page for the photo entry of his Scandinavian-inspired round wood stacks.
Earlier this year we launched the Best Little Woodshed competition to find great local examples of how to keep wood stored and dried, ready to use for winter. Entries included wood sheds, using house eves and round wood stacks.
Our Judges’ Choice Award winners were chosen by a panel of Tasman District councillors, who were looking for wood storage solutions that showed best practices, including:
Overall woodshed winner Brad Watts said: “We built our new home in Redwood Valley about a year ago, the woodshed was designed into the house from the beginning so we can walk from the living room to the carport (where the woodshed is located), undercover the whole way and the wood is kept as dry as possible. Mostly we get our wood from a Good Wood supplier or local fund raisers like the Lions Club”.
Storing wood properly is important to ensure it is dry and won’t cause smoke pollution when burned.
Our Judges’ Choice Award winners each received a voucher for a cord of firewood. The People’s Choice Award winner received a chimney clean and wood burner check.
Like our overall winner Brad, you can purchase wood from a Good Wood supplier. When you choose a Good Wood supplier, you're opting for a trusted source of dry firewood that will burn well, helping to keep your home warmer and our air cleaner. See the link at the top of the page for the current list of Good Wood suppliers. And remember, just like your car, your wood burner needs regular servicing.
2) Get your wood in, stack it loosely and make sure that
3) If you build a shed, remember you don’t need a Building Consent as long as it is
In December 2019, we ran a survey to understand where our Tasman residents get their firewood to heat their homes. Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete it.
You can see the results here. Firewood Survey Results 2019 (pdf, 647 KB)
This information will be used to help the Council better target our efforts to improve air quality in winter.
Don't forget, summer is the time to start getting your firewood ready for next winter. Burning dry seasoned wood creates hotter heat, cleaner air and saves you money by needing to burn less wood.
|Bay Firewood||Arlun Wells||315 Takaka-
|Richmond Wood and Coal||Barry Newport
and Duane Whiting
|Buyright Firewood||Gordon Evans|
|Wholesale Firewood||Kylie Stringer||Richmond|
If your current wood burner is over 10 year old, it may need replacing – modern appliances are far more efficient. Alternatively, you can install clean air heat source (heat pumps, gas fires, electric heaters).
The Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP) has rules that apply to the use of home heating appliances. This includes open fires, pot belly and domestic ranges or stoves, wood burners, pellet fires, multi-fuel (coal/wood and waste burning system) or any other similar appliance. Any new wood burners installed in properties up to 2ha must meet the design standards as set out in the TRMP and National Environmental Standards for Air Quality.
There are specific rules that apply to burners in Richmond as they contribute significant air pollution to the airshed during winter. Wood burners may require upgrading to clean burning appliances when a house changes ownership. New houses within the airshed can only install pellet fires, or use clean air heat sources such as heat pumps or electric heaters.
You will also require Building Consent for the installation of a wood burner.
If you’re thinking of buying a second hand burner, or importing a burner from overseas, be aware that these will also need to meet the design standards in the TRMP and National Environmental Standards for Air Quality. Testing an appliance to confirm compliance can be costly.
Authorised wood burners (including pellet fires) are listed on the Ministry of Environment’s Authorised Wood Burner list.
All wood burners installed indoors after 1 September 2005, on a property less than 2 hectares anywhere in the District, must comply with the Ministry for the Environment's National Environment Standards for Air Quality (NES).
Emissions must be less than 1.5 g/kg (grams of particulate per kilogram of wood burnt) and have an efficiency of greater than 65 percent.
This guide provides information about the effects of smoke from wood burners and how to reduce them.
The guide explains: