LETTER: Proper burning can eliminate smoke particles

Re: RDN urged to address air quality issues now (The NEWS, Nov. 21).

I use an Osburn wood stove and when the draft is adjusted properly there is no smoke exiting from the chimney. The problem with wood-burning stoves is because people do not know how to properly control the draft to keep the flame a yellow colour, to minimize and actually eliminate smoke exiting to the outdoors.

I understand some people are very sensitive to smoke and should not have to put up with the smoke from their neighbours’ chimneys. Either the stove is not controlled properly or the owner is not aware that smoke is totally unnecessary from a wood-burning stove.

A thermometer at a recommended height of 18 inches above the stovetop shows the required temperature limits that the stovepipe should be controlled within, to minimize soot buildup and minimize smoke. Other folks probably have other procedures to help reduce smoke, and their input would be appreciated.

Rather than eliminating wood stoves we need to educate people on how to operate them without producing smoke into the atmosphere.

David Evans

Qualicum Beach

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