A fireplace is a great way to keep your home warm and cosy. And what could be more natural than a wood fire? As wood is a renewable resource, it is a sustainable way to heat your home.
Luxembourg City, which has over a thousand hectares of forest, has decided to open up the sale of quality firewood from its forests to its residents, selling it in easily transportable bags that provide a full night's warmth. By using Luxembourg City wood (which is FSC-certified), residents also help fund a programme that allows people in need to (re)join the workforce.
The FSC label
Luxembourg City's forests first became FSC-certified in June 2007. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards promote the responsible and eco-friendly management of the world's forests.
Luxembourg City has committed itself in particular to:
- conserving biodiversity, refraining from clearcutting and avoiding the use of biocides;
- respecting employee rights and regularly offering training courses;
- using forest resources efficiently and sustainably, and regularly reviewing management plans.
Our fire wood has been air-dried for at least two years, and left to dry under cover (protected from the rain) for at least 12 months before being offered for sale. We sell two kinds of wood:
- firewood (beech and oak): 30 cm long, bagged in nets weighing approx. 12.5kg;
- kindling (primarily spruce and poplar) in the form of 15 cm long fragments, in 35-litre nets.
This wood is particularly well-suited for kindling and starting fires in fireplaces and stoves during winter. Kindling can also be used for barbecues during the warmer months. A special barbecue mix will also be sold at the beginning of the summer season.
Where can you find this wood?
The wood is sold for €7 a bag (payable on site) and can be picked up at the following places:
Luxembourg City Recycling Centre
Rue du Stade
For further information, please contact the Service Hygiène (Sanitation Department) (email@example.com or 4796-3640)
Closed Saturdays from January to March and in July and August
How do you prevent air pollution?
Here are some tips on how to properly use your wood stove or fire place. If mismanaged, fires can emit not only smoke and odours that are unpleasant for those around you, but also pollutants such as fine particulate matter and harmful dioxins.
Only burn well-dried wood
It gives off more heat and emits less smoke and pollutants.
Never burn treated, painted or soiled wood!
It can emit toxic fumes.
They clog the air supply and your wood fire will be less effective.
Avoid letting the fire smoulder
Minimal heat is produced, while the incomplete combustion emits smoke and pollutants.
Have the chimney cleaned regularly
A properly cleaned chimney minimises the risk of fire and ensures the proper air draft needed for optimal combustion.
How to make a good fire
Use clean newspaper or dry wood chips. Above all, avoid chemical and oil-based fire starters.
Use quality equipment that is suited for your needs.
As an additional heating source, using a quality stove or fireplace designed specifically for the size of your room will reduce harmful emissions. If using fire wood as part of your primary heating system, use filters to trap fine particles.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions
Maintain your stove or fireplace, and use it as directed.
These tips were drawn up as part of Luxembourg City's efforts to combat outdoor air pollution.