Heating your home, burning wood and air quality - they're all connected.
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: