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Unseasoned Wood Burning?

By MrMagoo - 1 July 2011 40

Does anyone know the avenues for dealing with a neighbour using unseasoned wood in their fire?  There is a person in our street who seems oblivious to the rest of society and is constantly using green unseasoned wood in his fire.  The smell is intolerable and the resultant air quality issues and subsequent need to re-wash clothing etc is becoming annoying.

I assume its a TAMS matter… i.e. nothing can/will be done in effect.

Thanks.

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Unseasoned Wood Burning?
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Sleaz274 11:08 am
01 Jul 11
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Go to arts and crafts, learn how to weave…

Create eagle sized bird’s nest…

Under the cover of darkness place atop the chimney with 3 eggs inside…

Point out to wildlife rangers that your neighbour is killing off an endangered species. Laugh with much amusement as their house fills with smoke as your expertly tightly weaved nest prevents smoke from escaping the chimney.

Plan 2 Kill 9 possums and sew loosely together (not for the squeamish). Drop down chimney. Secretly film the result and send to funniest home videos. Collect cash prize.

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MrMagoo 11:12 am
01 Jul 11
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Sleaz274 said :

Go to arts and crafts, learn how to weave…

Create eagle sized bird’s nest…

Under the cover of darkness place atop the chimney with 3 eggs inside…

Point out to wildlife rangers that your neighbour is killing off an endangered species. Laugh with much amusement as their house fills with smoke as your expertly tightly weaved nest prevents smoke from escaping the chimney.

Plan 2 Kill 9 possums and sew loosely together (not for the squeamish). Drop down chimney. Secretly film the result and send to funniest home videos. Collect cash prize.

to use the popular venacular…LOL. Although I do boggle at how your mind works… in a good way :)

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Jivrashia 11:27 am
01 Jul 11
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dealing with a neighbour using unseasoned wood in their fire?

Seasoned wood? Is that what they’re called?

I don’t think use of seasoned wood is common knowledge, unless one has gone through the Queens Birthday bonfire festivities or Boy Scouts that teach you how to create a camp fire. The neighbour must be just as perplexed as to why their fire doesn’t burn so well.

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troll-sniffer 11:38 am
01 Jul 11
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Methinks you need to visit one of the spice emporiums in town and invest in a range of herbs and spices. Once you have a suitable mix it’s then up to you whether you approach the neighbour seeking permission to treat their wood, or conduct a clandestine operation in the wee small hours of the morning.

I must admit I googled for suitable firewood seasoning recipes to help you but it seems it’s such a niche market that no-one is willing to divulge their secrets.

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aidan 11:56 am
01 Jul 11
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I feel your pain, as I share it.

Goddam it can be stinky, starting coughing as soon as I went outside the other day. Nasty. Only takes a couple of minutes to make the sheets smell like a smoked kipper.

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Chaz 12:25 pm
01 Jul 11
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Boo hoo! Cry a river

It’s a fire. Stop complaining because someone wants to heat their home. If you don’t like it, move

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nobody 12:39 pm
01 Jul 11
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nobody 12:42 pm
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niftydog 12:56 pm
01 Jul 11
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A very quick search at the ACT Government Entry Point lead me directly to this page which points out that it is prohibited under the Environment Protection Act.

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MrMagoo 1:07 pm
01 Jul 11
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Chaz said :

Boo hoo! Cry a river

It’s a fire. Stop complaining because someone wants to heat their home. If you don’t like it, move

Are you serious? I’m not objecting to this person heating their home, I’m objecting to the fact that they use ‘green’ wood to do so thus causing an envionrmental hazzard to the neighbourhood you reactionist zealot. Try living adjacent to this all through winter, having to deal with re-washing everything and having your children coughing constantly. I actually own my house and won’t move because some twat is too goddammed lazy to be prepared for winter properly.

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Diggety 1:44 pm
01 Jul 11
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“…who seems oblivious to the rest of society… “

TELL THEM.

Stop relying on Governments to do the most simplest of tasks for a human being: talk!

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Limp Jimmy 2:24 pm
01 Jul 11
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Diggety said :

“…who seems oblivious to the rest of society… “

Oh the irony…

First decent thing is to go talk to them (isn’t that obvious?) — sounds like you might have missed this rather basic step? Going straight to the authorities and whining about it on a public forum is sad and lame.

Why don’t folks talk to their neighbours???

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wildturkeycanoe 3:15 pm
01 Jul 11
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You Yuppieville wannabes don’t know how well you have it here in Canberra. Complain all you want about the smells in the air, but I think we’ve got it pretty good compared to Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Beijing. Wood smoke is something I grew up to love whilst living in a country town…the cat used to come in at night stinking of the stuff but I still let him lay on the end of my bed. That which man has done for thousands of years in order to cook, warm himself and generally just sit back and enjoy the pleasing qualities of has now become a bugbear of too many whingers with their own interests so high in the agenda.
Yeah, your washing gets all stinky. Don’t hang it up when the low pressure forces all the particulates to gather in the lower layers of our city. Wait for a sunny day with a bit of a breeze and the problem will blow over and your clothes will smell fresh [Or use a clothes dryer].
Consider that the neighbor probably can’t afford good dry red gum – at ridiculous prices – so is burning whatever they can get. Maybe it’s service station wood. Maybe it’s old pallets, left out in the rain. Not everyone can afford or get permission to convert their rental home heating to N.G or electric split systems so have a bit of heart instead of just spreading this stench over the internet.
Like recommended by others, talk to them and sort it out like in the old days.
P.S. Troll-sniffer – brilliant!!!!

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madamcholet 3:39 pm
01 Jul 11
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Isn’t it strange how the ACT Government knows it’s an issue, particularly in Tuggeranong, but does not move to ban the sales of wood heaters. Plastic bags can be banned, why not wood heaters? With the increases in electricity rates, apparently they are flying out of the door this season. In my house we have all had breathing related ailments resulting in extremely expensive medication. We too have prolific fire starters on our side of the street and it doesn’t have to be that cold for them to stoke it up either. It’s plainly a health and evironmental hazard that needs to be more suitably addressed.

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BimboGeek 5:02 pm
01 Jul 11
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I only became aware that this problem exist through this website. Suck it up, princess!

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