Smoke and Outdoor Cooking

Pizza Ovens, Fire Pits, Wood Barbecues & Chimineas

Many of us love to cook outdoors but when using barbeques or fire pits where wood is the preferred fuel, there are some rules that must be adhered to.

  • Smoke must be kept to a minimum and must not cause a nuisance to neighbours.
  • Fire must be used for cooking purposes only and cannot be used for burning rubbish or refuse.
  • Fire must be extinguished the moment the food is cooked. Do not use these appliances when a total fire ban (TFB) has been declared by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). Only gas or electric barbecues and outdoor heaters are permitted during these times. 

Dangers of Smoke

When used correctly, cooking appliances should produce minimal smoke.

Excessive smoke can create a serious hazard to yourself and those around you.

Wood smoke especially can cause serious harm to people with respiratory disorders, plus our children and elderly residents could suffer too. 

Common effects of wood smoke include:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches, nausea and dizziness
  • Aggravation of conditions like asthma and other chronic heart and lung conditions