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.

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.

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.

Remove ashes

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.