Wood Burning


For information and advice on wood burning, see the Environment Centre website or contact cleanair@environmentcentre.com.   

This awareness campaign is a partnership with Southampton City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, New Forest District Council, Winchester City Council and the Environment Centre (tEC) charity to help residents improve air quality for their health, their community and the environment

Wood burning at home 

Wood burning causes harmful particulate air pollution in your home and neighbourhood. Breathing in particulate matter pollution negatively impacts the health of your family and community, affecting your lungs and heart. Can you burn less, burn cleaner, burn better and burn different? 

Burn less: Reduce burning where possible, keep stoves and fires for particularly cold weather unless they are your only heating source. We know that there are households in Hampshire that burn wood to keep warm, and it’s also important for your health and wellbeing to stay warm and well. 

Burn cleaner: Burn cleaner fuels such as smokeless, authorised fuels or dry, well-seasoned wood with low moisture content.  

Burn better: Use efficient appliances, don’t shut off air or allow the temperature to drop, and service and clean them regularly.  

Burn different: If possible, switch heating source to no or low emission fuels, such as renewable, electric or gas alternatives.  

If you are having a bonfire, please follow Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service bonfire safety advice, be aware of the impacts of air pollution and be considerate to neighbours, your community and wildlife. Only burn dry, untreated wood and no other household or garden waste, in particular avoid burning firelighters, oil rubber, plastics or any wood with varnish, paint or creosote.