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Nanna Corbell’s tips for running your fire

By johnboy - 5 June 2013 17

Simon Corbell is asking wood burners to help out with the air quality:

“The ACT Government has some great incentives for residents to replace their wood heater with more environmentally-friendly alternatives including an $800 rebate for a ducted gas system, and a $600 rebate for replacing it with new flued gas installations.”

“Replacing old wood heaters is a simple and effective way that individual households can contribute to lowering pollution and improving health outcomes for those with serious health conditions such as breathing difficulties and asthma,” Mr Corbell said.

There are a number of tips that can assist in using your wood heater effectively such as:

— using dry, well-seasoned, untreated wood

— opening the air control fully when starting a fire

— using smaller logs to maintain a vigorous fire

— avoiding a smouldering heater overnight.

“Using your wood heater correctly, will improve our air quality, save you money and keep your home warm this winter,” Mr Corbell said.

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17 Responses to
Nanna Corbell’s tips for running your fire
460cixy 2:35 pm 21 Aug 13

But then there will allways be folks that piss and moan about anything and everything fires being one of them

GardeningGirl 1:12 pm 21 Aug 13

Where do people dry their clothes?
Back when I was a young mum everything went on the line and thicker things could stay out all night if needs be. Eventually when it turned into check the air around 9-10am to see if you can put the washing out and then start checking again around 3-4pm to see if you have to bring it in I gave up and switched to using a dryer and buying disposable nappies. I know some people use their wood heaters properly and some don’t (I’d say one neighbour produced at least three quarters of the smoke). So I’m sorry to those of you who are doing the right thing. But even if everyone was responsible it wouldn’t be a form of heating that would work if every single house relied on it in an area that gets cold air inversions. Why “incentives”? Why can’t the government, which can do all sorts of things like ban incandescent lights, why can’t it ban old smoky appliances and ban irresponsible owners from woodfire ownership? It’s been 20 or 30 years of “education” and “incentives”. Again to those of you doing the right thing sorry. We had one neighbour with an excellent wood heater, a small intermittent and surprisingly pleasant 5 to 10 minute wisp of smoke. He should of given lesson on how to do it. You couldn’t have a whole suburb of 300m2 blocks all giving off intermittent whiffs but in older suburbs a few heaters operated like that are allright, the inconsiderate people again ruin it for everyone.

p1 12:08 pm 21 Aug 13

460cixy said :

Anyone know what the scoop is in getting one fitted as in approval and red tape?

I have been thinking of it for some time – I would really love a good wood heater.

Madam Cholet 11:49 am 21 Aug 13

I heard an interview on PM yesterday evening and thought I would post the link to RA. Not very long, but it makes for interesting reading. Health costs in NSW from wood fires are estimated to be 8 billion dollars alone by 2030.

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2013/s3829969.htm

460cixy 1:20 pm 06 Jun 13

Anyone know what the scoop is in getting one fitted as in approval and red tape?

thebrownstreak69 12:48 pm 06 Jun 13

I have a modern slow combustion fireplace (a large one) and it is sensational.

Ghettosmurf87 12:23 pm 06 Jun 13

schmeah said :

It’s amazing what authority 1100 primary votes will get you.

Yes, because the above advice/tips was so dictatorial, right?

I’ve got not much positive to say about Corbell, but there’s very little in the above media release that could be considered authorative/prescriptive.

dtc 12:16 pm 06 Jun 13

Watson said :

Ducted gas systems surely aren’t the most environmentally alternative? I’ve lived in 2 houses with ducted gas. One at least had the ducts in the floor and you could close vents off in rooms that weren’t in use. I still had very high gas bills though. And the fairly new system seemed to need repair at least once a year.

The other one had fixed vents in the ceiling. THE most wasteful and inefficient heating I’ve ever had. It probably would’ve been cheaper and more effective to just burn bank notes to keep warm.

You are assuming that because the heater is on for longer its less environmentally sound. However, gas is so much better for the environment than wood (in terms of particles etc) and coal/electricity that the level of use is not an issue.

Obviously the best method is solar or hydro or wind powered in some way; but failing that gas is definitely the best.

schmeah 12:07 pm 06 Jun 13

It’s amazing what authority 1100 primary votes will get you.

Watson 10:20 am 06 Jun 13

Ducted gas systems surely aren’t the most environmentally alternative? I’ve lived in 2 houses with ducted gas. One at least had the ducts in the floor and you could close vents off in rooms that weren’t in use. I still had very high gas bills though. And the fairly new system seemed to need repair at least once a year.

The other one had fixed vents in the ceiling. THE most wasteful and inefficient heating I’ve ever had. It probably would’ve been cheaper and more effective to just burn bank notes to keep warm.

miz 7:43 am 06 Jun 13

My house is the warmest it has ever been since I got a wood fire installed recently. Bloody brilliant, highly recommended. And geez it’s satisfying to be off the ACTEWAGL grid for heating!

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:27 pm 05 Jun 13

Pork Hunt said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

It’s basic knowledge to use a slow combustion efectivly. Human trash that burn junk should not be allowed to have one.

RE: rebates on trading in my fireplace for gas, I get my firewood for free. Is the government going to pay my complete gas bill for the rest of my life?

Source?

MY KNOWLEDGE!!!

Pork Hunt 9:15 pm 05 Jun 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

It’s basic knowledge to use a slow combustion efectivly. Human trash that burn junk should not be allowed to have one.

RE: rebates on trading in my fireplace for gas, I get my firewood for free. Is the government going to pay my complete gas bill for the rest of my life?

Source?

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:07 pm 05 Jun 13

It’s basic knowledge to use a slow combustion efectivly. Human trash that burn junk should not be allowed to have one.

RE: rebates on trading in my fireplace for gas, I get my firewood for free. Is the government going to pay my complete gas bill for the rest of my life?

La_Tour_Maubourg 6:54 pm 05 Jun 13

Probably a scheme to give more money to ActewAGL.

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