As the weather starts to cool off, you may be thinking about the fires you’ll be burning in your woodstove to keep your house warm. Follow these tips to get the most out of your firewood and to protect our air shed.

#1. Make sure the wood you burn has been left to dry (“seasoned”) for 12 months or longer. Any less, and your wood will be too wet. Wet wood = smoky, cool fires that are hard to keep burning. Using unseasoned wood costs you money (because you need more of it to keep the fire burning hot) and it releases more particulate matter into the atmosphere which negatively impacts air quality. Smoke = wasted heat!

#2. Make sure your wood has a moisture content of 20% or less. You can test it using a moisture meter.

#3. Make sure your fire gets enough air- check that the air inlet is open wide enough to keep the fire burning hot.

#4. Avoid overloading the firebox with wood. Instead refuel more frequently with batches of 3 or less pieces.

#5. Ensure your wood stove is a clean efficiently burning one. Smoke should be invisible. To find out how you can swap your old stove for a new one and get a rebate to do so, visit the Woodstove Exchange section of our website.

For more wood burning tips, check out Burn Dry Firewood.

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Announcements:

We are delighted to announce that the Woodstove Exchange Program has been extended to Electoral Areas A & B of the SLRD, thanks to support from the BC Lung Association. There are two new participating retailers in Lillooet:  Rev-it-Up, and Tim-BR-Mart. Please visit the link to learn more about his great program and whether you are eligible. Deadline: December 31, 2012

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Welcome to District of Squamish’s new Transportation Coordinator Kimberly Armour. We look forward to working with her in developing and executing creative low carbon transportation strategies for the Sea-to-Sky Corridor.

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For information on what we’ve been up to:

2011 Sea-to-Sky Clean Air Society Milestones

2010 Annual Report