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Installing a solid fuel heater
Prior to installing a domestic oil or solid fuel heating appliance an approval is required from Shoalhaven City Council. Before you purchase a heater apply for an approval from Shoalhaven City Council first as oil or wood fired heaters may not be suitable in all situations.  

Installing a Solid Fuel Heater brochure (PDF 159kb) 
Application form  (PDF 290kb)

An application fee will be required for the installation of a solid fuel heater. Please refer to Councils fees and charges.


Reducing woodsmoke

Don't let your heater cause a smoke nuisance

  • Always burn small logs of aged, dry hardwood – unseasoned wood has more moisture which makes a heater smoke
  • Store wood under cover in a dry ventilated area - freshly cut wood needs to be stored for 8-12 months before burning.
  • Never burn rubbish, driftwood or treated or painted wood, which can pollute the air and can be poisonous.
  • Use plenty of dry kindling to establish a good fire quickly.  
  • Stack wood loosely in your firebox so air can circulate;  
  • Keep the flame lively and bright; your fire should only smoke for a few minutes when you first light it and when you add extra fuel.
  • Opening the air controls fully for 5 minutes before and 15-20 minutes after reloading. Not letting your heater smoulder overnight – keep enough air in the fire to maintain a flame.
  • Check your chimney regularly – if there is smoke coming from the chimney, increase the air supply to your fire.
  • Clean the chimney every year to prevent creosote build up. Creosote is a sticky black residue that can build up in your chimney—it restricts air flow and makes your fire harder to start. A creosote-clogged chimney can spill smoke into your room when you open the heater and even catch fire, putting your home at risk.
For more information visit Office of Environment and Heritage (new window) or Environment Australia (new window)

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