What You Can Do
Learn before you burn. Burn the right wood, the right way, in the right appliance.
1. Save money and time. Burn only dry, seasoned wood and maintain a hot fire.
- Season and dry wood outdoors through the summer for at least 6 months before burning it.
- Start fires with clean newspaper and dry kindling
- Burn hot fires
- Never burn garbage, plastic, or pressure treated wood - which can produce harmful chemicals when burned
- To learn more about how to burn the right wood, view information on best burn practices
2. Keep your home safer. Have a certified technician annually inspect and service your appliance.
- Nearly 7 percent of home fires are caused by creosote build up in the chimney. Have your chimney annually cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.
- A properly installed and maintained wood-burning appliance burns more efficiently, saving you money.
- If you smell smoke in your home then something is wrong. Shut down the appliance and call a certified chimney sweep to inspect the unit.
- To learn more about how to burn the right way, view information on installation and maintenance
3. Have a healthier home. Upgrade to an efficient, EPA-approved wood-burning appliance.
- Today's wood-burning appliances burn cleaner and produce less smoke inside and outside your home
- Look for EPA labeling on your wood-burning appliance
- Efficient wood-burning appliances burn less wood, saving you time and money
- To learn how to Burn Wise in the right appliance, view information on choosing appliances