The Department of Environmental Protection is reminding New Jersey residents to take steps to reduce their impact on air quality when burning wood for heat as the
weather turns colder, whether in fireplaces, wood stoves, or outdoor wood boilers.
The DEP recommends following these simple guidelines:
•Allow wood to season before burning it. Seasoning entails allowing the wood to sit outdoors for
at least six months. Seasoned wood is darker, has cracks in the end grain and sounds hollow
when smacked against another piece of wood.
•Use a wood moisture meter to test the moisture content of wood. Wood burns most efficiently
when its moisture content is below 20 percent.
•Stack wood neatly off the ground with the top covered to protect it against rain and snow.
•Keep fires burning hot.
•Regularly remove ashes to ensure proper airflow.
•Never burn garbage, cardboard, plastics, wrapping materials, painted materials or other
materials in your stove or fireplace.
•Keep anything flammable - including drapes, furniture, newspapers and books - far away from
any wood-burning appliance Breitling Watches. Keep an accessible and recently inspected fire extinguisher nearby.
The DEP also urges residents to check local air quality athttp://www.njaqinow.net/ prior to
burning wood. Consider other heating alternatives on days the air quality is unhealthy.
State regulations and some municipal ordinances prohibit the emission of visible smoke from
outdoor wood boilers. Wood boilers heat a fluid that is circulated in homes and buildings for heating purposes. Under state regulations, these boilers may only emit visible smoke for three
minutes every half-hour to allow for start-up.
In deciding how to heat your home this winter and reduce your exposure to fine particles from
wood smoke, DEP recommends upgrading to a U. S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified
wood stove or fireplace insert. The newer equipment will reduce air pollution and is much more
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