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Neighbour Guide: Wood Burning Stoves and Chimineas

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 23 Mar 2018 | comments*Discuss
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Many people in the UK have wood-burning stoves. Some houses need these for heat, whilst others use them as a decorative room feature. However the problem with wood burning stoves and chimineas is that they give off smoke as they burn.

UK Smoke Control Areas

Under the Clear Air Act of 1993 (consolidating the 1956 and 1968 Acts designed to deal with smog), local authorities can designate some areas of their region to be a 'smoke control area'. In these areas, it is an offence to emit smoke from a chimney, a furnace or any fixed boiler. It is also an offence to acquire 'unauthorised fuel' for use in a 'smoke control area'.

Are there any laws about what is burnt in a chimnea? Our neighbour seems to burn any wood that comes to hand which at times causes copious amounts of smoke, preventing my family enjoying our garden and forcing us to close our windows.

The maximum punishment for each offence is a £1000 fine. Your Local Authority will be able to advise of any 'smoke control areas' in your local region. You can find numbers to contact your local authority.

Some exempt fuels and exempt appliances can be still used in these areas. These have passed tests to ensure that they burn without producing smoke. A list of exempt fuels/appliances can be obtained here.

What About Other Relevant Legal Requirements?

There are legal requirements about the design specification and installation of wood burning appliances. This is to ensure that these are correctly ventilated to allow fuel to burn cleanly, and ensure that appliances do not release dangerous carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide into people's homes.

Manufacturers and installers of these appliances will be aware of relevant legal requirements and they will be responsible for compliance with these. However the current legal requirements for the UK can be found in Buildings Regulations Document J, Table 1.

Smoke and 'Nuisance'

Clearly, smoke blowing into your garden or house is "a nuisance", and can affect your enjoyment of your property, especially if this prevents you sitting in your garden, or opening windows. However this may also be a legal 'nuisance'.

Legally, the term nuisance refers to a legal tort, or civil wrong. It is used to describe:

  • a) An activity that is harmful or annoying for others (e.g. a smoking chimney)
  • b) The harm caused by the activity above (e.g. objectionable odour)
  • c) The legal liability that arises from the combination of (a) and (b)

You have a right to quiet enjoyment of your property. This is the same right that stops your landlord carrying out weekly inspections of their property. A legal nuisance is an act that interferes with this right (such as forcing you to close your windows or preventing you sitting in the garden). This type of nuisance is often referred to as a private nuisance.

The case of Bamford v Turnley defined private nuisance as:

"any continuous activity or state of affairs causing a substantial and unreasonable interference with a claimant's land or his use and enjoyment of that land".

I live in a UK city which has seen a great increase in the use of not only wood burning stoves but also the use of smokeless fuel. Being surrounded by 3 houses in a built up area that regularly pump out smoke and fumes, it is not a comfortable or healthy environment.

As far as I can see none of these activities tick the environmental box or consider the health implications. Do we have a legitimate cause for action?

Whether any activity constitutes a nuisance will depend on how it affects you, and the reasonableness of the activity. This will include considerations such as the time of day the activity is carried out (for example DIY is a reasonable activity, but not if it involves hammering after midnight every night).

The court will also consider the area that you live in. For example a built up area can be expected to be noisier than a rural area. The case of Cambridge Water Co Ltd v Eastern Counties Leather Plc stated that if a defendant was using their land unreasonably and causing a nuisance, they will still be liable, even if they used reasonable care to avoid doing so. The test is really if the action was unreasonable, and if the resulting nuisance was reasonably foreseeable.

Long Term Nuisance Can Become Legal

It is a defence to a nuisance claim that if a private nuisance has continued for 20 years, it becomes legal. If you have been aware of a continuous nuisance caused by your neighbour for over 20 years, you will not therefore have a claim in nuisance.

However if you moved into your Property after your neighbour was already burning wood, and so committing the nuisance, this will not be a defence according to the courts. (The 1879 case of Sturges v Bridgman states that there is no defence that the Claimant came to the nuisance).

If a court finds that a neighbour has committed a private nuisance, they can:

  1. make an award for damages (money) to be paid to you
  2. make an injunction to prevent an act being carried out

Often a private nuisance will also be an environmental nuisance (for example light pollution). You can therefore ask your Local Environmental Health Officer to attend your property and report on the conditions. This will be useful evidence in your case.

Options to Prevent a Nuisance

We have a neighbour who has a wood burning stove that frequently floods our house with fumes. Having spoken to the Local Environmental officer we are assured that the appliance conforms to the legal requirements and therefore our only redress is a civil case. As we do not have the funds to do this can you suggest an alternative?

Depending on the nuisance being caused, you may have several options to take private action. These may include:

  • taking action for statutory nuisance in the Magistrates Court
  • taking civil action to get an injunction
  • mediation

You may also apply to the Magistrates Court if, though a nuisance has currently stopped, it is likely to reoccur on the same premises.

Of course the easiest and cheapest way to address a nuisance is to speak to your neighbours. Do they realise that the smoke from their fire is blowing into your house or preventing you using your garden? Particularly in the case of outdoor fires, it may be that these could be moved to a different side of their property to prevent this problem.

Taking Your Case to Court

If you wish to take your case to court, you can get free legal advice on this from your local Citizens Advice Bureau (www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/getadvice.htm). Unfortunately free legal advice is not available through the Legal Aid scheme for this type of legal proceeding. Here are a few keys points to consider:

  • Notice of court action - You will need to provide notice of your intention to take court action (under part 7, section 82 Environmental Protection Act 1990) at least 3 days before doing so for any noise nuisance, and at least 21 days before for any other type of nuisance.
  • Fee - There is a fee for making a complaint to the Magistrates Court (approximately £24, but you can check this with your local Magistrates Court) www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/HMCSCourtFinder
  • Serve a notice on your neighbour - You will need to serve notice on the offending neighbour. You should keep a record of doing this, so many people chose to send a recorded delivery letter. Service could also be affected by a hand-delivered letter, but you would have no record to prove that this was delivered.
  • Represent yourself - You can conduct your case yourself, without legal representation if you wish to do so.
  • Be prepared -Be aware that the defendant may make counter-accusations and also call witnesses.
  • Costs - If you are successful, you may recover some or all of your costs from the other party. However if you are unsuccessful, you may be required to pay some or all of their costs.
  • Breaches of injunction - If an injunction is granted, you will need to go back to court if this is breached to enforce the order.

What evidence will you need to take your case to court?

There are no rules about what evidence you will need in court; you simply need enough evidence to prove your case. Try to make sure that for every point you make, you can back up what you are saying with evidence; it is up to you prove your case on the balance of probabilities. Any evidence you wish to rely on must however be relevant, and go to proving / disproving an element of nuisance (not simply showing that your neighbour is annoying in some other manner).

Here are a few different types of evidence you may want to obtain to support your case:

1) Photographic evidence - take pictures of the smoke blowing into your house / garden. Is soot covering your personal belongings? Take pictures of this.

2) Damaged items - if sooty smoke / ash is blowing into your house / garden, put items (e.g. teddy bears) in a plastic bag as evidence that soot is damaging your property.

3) Witness statements - as well as you giving evidence, you could ask other neighbours / friends to visit your Property and witness the problem themselves. Your witnesses must have witnessed the problem themselves however; they cannot simply give evidence that you told them there was a problem, as this is classed as 'hearsay' by the courts and won't be allowed.

4) Reports by an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) - if an EHO has visited your Property you may rely on their report or test readings. However if the report indicates a nuisance to the public at large, often the EHO will take on the case against the offending party themselves.

Note that any evidence that you wish to rely on will have to be disclosed to the other party if you take your case to court. You will therefore have to provide your neighbour with copy statements and photographs.

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I have carefully read all comments and, sadly, am not at all surprised!I recently moved into a detached house, but my house has intermittently but persistently been filled with chemical smoke smelling fumes - I have just figured out it is coming from my neighbour's chimneys - but it comes into my house, even with doors and windows closed, via my chimneys.They use a woodburner and this evening I have just realised why I couldn't breathe and nearly had to call an ambulance twice this week due to asthmatic symptoms and a near severe asthma attack!I have had to use medication for the first time in decades and am not happy!The chemical smell fills my house and I am currently extremely ill.I had to shut myself in one bedroom, put a towel against door gap on ground and open windows to breathe!It's all completely wrong and weighted in favour of people polluting the atmosphere with known carcinogens.I know I have to say something about it to them, but don't want to fall out, having just moved in.However, there's NO WAY I want to die not being able to breathe! I used to have life-threatening asthma attacks, but have been asthma free for decades and very fit and well.I left London due to the smokey atmosphere all over the streets caused by senseless and inconsiderate people smoking at every turn, especially next to business air-conditioning units - result?They were allowed to carry on their poisonous habit to the detriment of everyone else's health!I developed hyper-sensitivity and resultant asthmatic symptoms ONLY AFTER the law was changed to stop them smoking inside buildings, so now they just smoke in your face at every turn on the street!These people seem to be happy go lucky fools as their response is always "It's in the open air, so it shouldn't affect anyone!Really?!!!They don't seem to have noticed that the slightest breeze carries their nicotine and numerous chemicals straight to you - of course, they just don't care.I've constantly been badly affected by the smoke from people lighting up on train platforms without a care (not to mention it's illegal), but of course never enforced...Please post your petition - I'll be glad to sign it!
Jackie - 23-Mar-18 @ 5:36 AM
It is of no help to other people whatsoever, but to me, reading other peoples comments about wood burning stoves has helped me to realise that we are not on our own with this problem, although other neighbours don't seem to suffer as we are doing. Our neighbour has two of these stoves in his bungalow, both of which produce smoke when they are first lighted. This initial issue of smoke is NOT the problem - the problem is with the invisible fumes that follow, not only outside of the house, which would be bad enough, but particularly inside, even though we have sealed up the air vents and keep the windows closed (except during cooking and bathing.) We have purchased an electrical air purifier and my wife wears a Cambridge mask around the house. Both of these do help by filtering out the particulate matter, BUT we are still left with the chemical content of the fumes, this includes formaldehyde and benzine, both of which are carcinogens. The local Environmental Health Department are useless in this matter, as all that they are concerned about is if the stove is of the 'approved' type, if it has been correctly installedand the unprovable variable, if the fuel is 'approved.' People shouldn't have to go to the measures that we have been forced to take in their own homes, simply in order to be able to breath. I wonder what the long term effect on peoples health will be from these invisible fumes - The government is clamping down on vehicle exhaust emissions, but it seems to us that wood burning stoves are somehow 'ring fenced', maybe because the very people who make the legislation are exponents of the beastly things.
Coffin - 7-Mar-18 @ 2:16 PM
I know how you all feel i have the same problem with my neighbours log burner when they moved in i did what ever Icould to help them they said I was one of the best neighbours they. Ever had that went out the window with them when they got a lot burner thick black smut and that all over my car and bungalow widows and window dolls we don't open windows any more for the smoke when I spoke to one of them politely to the mum all i got back was abuse and sworn at the to times i text the daughter that was met with excuses and I was told I was being rude bringing it to their attention so much for me being the best neighbours and the help i have them.now I think it time to go to court i have a log list of illness after working hard till I retired now I have just been told I have the early stages of dementia which theyknow about but all they seem to want to do is my wife's and my life a misery of it was the other way round they would be on us like a doseof saltsthere are four other mourners near by none are i Like my neighbours they are clean and no smokemy neighbours chimney is covered in black tat and smut and what looks like oil running down
Billy boy - 20-Feb-18 @ 8:32 PM
I suffer smoke from a retro-installed a wood burner, its chimney 12 feet from my property, well below the main roof apex carelessly sited in region of turbulence. I learned of this installation when my entirehouse became filled with the acridstink of wood smoke. The housing estate is gas heated with no facility to burn solid fuel. Now the rear of my house suffers smoke pollution with ingress into my house. There is no need for this heating appliance - it is a desirable householdfeature! The previously clean, unpolluted environment is now contaminated with wood smoke. Northampton's Environmental Department exercise passive obstruction regarding complaints. Court action is pointless as wood burners are exercising legal right to pollute the air others breathe.There are very serious health issues regarding wood smoke. It is ten times more toxic than cigarette smoke anda single wood burner produces more lung-contaminating particulates than 1000 cars.Retrofitted wood burners should, at least, be subject to planning permission then official objection can be made. The annoying problems of wood burner smoke are commonly known but these people are generally of ignorant nature with no concern forothers who have to suffer their unnecessary pollution. With current legislation and our useless government there is nothing to stop others doing likewise. If our water supply was contaminated with a safe but unusual taste that would be considered a serious problem.You can buy bottled water but not the air we breathe! These appliances impose on our right to breathe clean air, but according to government legislation we have no such right.I imagine we do havea Human Right!
NN10 6RY - 18-Feb-18 @ 7:32 PM
Good idea to get air purifiers for smoke ingress. But while the VAX purifier mentioned below will screen out particles to 0.3 the IQ air Swiss made health pro plus 250 screens out smoke particles to 0.oo3 microns. This is important as the stuff your neighbours are pouring into you is most harmful the tinier it is as this is what lodges into your deep lung tissue.So the VAX will clear the smell of smoke and the bigger but still harmful particles out the IQ air fixes all smoke issues down to 99.5 per cent for the tiny stuff and 99.97 percent for the larger stuff (usually 0.3 microns). You want a purifier that catches it all not just one that traps smoke down to 0.3.WHICH gave VAX a good report but it did not say it was the best purifier available. IQ air is used in SARS wards to clean the air in hospitals. I have five IQ airs for my house. Each machine costs nearly a thousand pounds. This is the cost to me for my neighbours choice to live trendily 'off the grid' by releasing poison into the air from their chimneys.
Baffleditsallowed - 14-Feb-18 @ 11:47 PM
My advice on dealing with neighbours (selfish pigs) burning logs in an open fireplace or a woodburning stove, which results in a smoking chimney that ingresses into your property with a smell so disgusting it clings to furniture, furnishings and your loved ones.Purchase a Vax ACAMV101 Pure Air 300 Air Purifier + Ionizer (Which Award 2017).Believe me, don't waste your money going to the Council - they don't want to know, and definitely don’t take it to Court because you will invariably end up paying the 'pigs' legal costs. Woodburning stoves are predominantly HETAS approved, and you simply can't stop a neighbour using their open fireplace to burn wood and boy they burn any free wood they can get their hands on.The Council invariably doesn’t want to help and reporting neighbours can often lead to more trouble with them.Taking them to Court invariably ends up with you paying their legal costs.Smoke from woodburning is heavier than air and plummets down to ground level.I often have a haze over my garden according to wind direction. There is, unfortunately, no solution to the exterior of the property, though it won't be winter for much longer.An investment of the above is more than worth it and you will notice the difference in the quality of air you breath in your own home almost immediately.Until woodburning is banned and people are fined, this practice will continue for at least another decade!Can I afford to purchase this item – no – but at least I am calmer and my family is healthier breathing sparkling clean air and we smell oh so sweet.
chassummer - 12-Feb-18 @ 7:19 PM
So glad it’s not just us. We are having a problem with a neighbours Firepit. He has it on regularly, often several nights a week. He burns all sorts on it. It can be on for up to6hours some evenings. I have SEVERE Asthma. Environmental health in Swindon are USELESS and other agencies are really slow. The smoke from the firepit is literally destroying my life- in fact it is putting it at risk- it’s getting to the point I’m not safe in my own home. My neighbour thinks it’s funny !!!
Nik - 3-Feb-18 @ 12:17 PM
We can't even 'garden' in our garden, as smoke too thick from neighbour's stove. Have to have windows and of course doors shut. Hanging out washing is difficult, often just get washing out to find fire gets lit, so have to haul it back in. I'm not keen on a tumble dryer and feel when we are being encouraged to reduce energy consumption it's counter productive. It all seems so ridiculous that we as community are again experiencing this problem having been through smoke laden air since the industrial revolution, and the famous London pea soupers.
Lilly - 26-Jan-18 @ 10:04 AM
My neighbour installed a wood burner in his conservatory three yrs ago, the chimney I’d just higher than our garage roof and as a result when he lights it all the smoke goes into my garden and if doors and windows are open, into the house. When he burns smoke smells permiate the house. I had the local Enviromental officer come out and they called him to let him know they were coming . The officer told me that his burner is one of the exemp type and that he can burn anything in it. My neighbour now only burns at night but the smell is terrible, we still can’t open any windows and the smell f smoke still permiates the house. I spoke to my neighbour who told me he was entitled th Stoke the burner for 28 mins. I have checked planning re his chimney which looks like it belongs in a factory and it meets with regulations. We decided to try to move but have now had enough of the smoke. My wife gets pain in her chest from the fumes and is desperately upset. I would take him to court but knowing the judicial system unless you can prove some thing it’s hard to get home and I don’t want the satisfaction of paying his costs. We don’t get on and he has gone out of his way many times to cause me problems. I had to get planning permission for a simple front wall, knowing that he would complain, which he did. That’s what we have to put up with
Reddog - 22-Jan-18 @ 9:47 PM
Scampy - Your Question:
Hi,My problem is not like above.I live in a cottage in a very small close village. The only source of heating and hot water is the Rayburn I have in my kitchen and an open fire I have in my living room. Recently my neighbour has started complaining to me about the smoke from my chimney. There is no gas supply to the village and everyone has a coal fire.My neighbour is a little “cantankerous” and I’m afraid he will do some things mentioned in the article above. Where do I stand ? I can’t control the wind, but I have two small children and I need heating and hot water.

Our Response:
It's unlikely your neighbour would be able to take action for this. Maybe you could offer to use smokeless fuel etc to see if that made a difference?
ProblemNeighbours - 8-Jan-18 @ 12:18 PM
Hi, My problem is not like above. I live in a cottage in a very small close village. The only source of heating and hot water is the Rayburn I have in my kitchen and an open fire I have in my living room. Recently my neighbour has started complaining to me about the smoke from my chimney. There is no gas supply to the village and everyone has a coal fire. My neighbour is a little “cantankerous” and I’m afraid he will do some things mentioned in the article above. Where do I stand ? I can’t control the wind, but I have two small children and I need heating and hot water.
Scampy - 5-Jan-18 @ 2:19 PM
Siddique khan mayor of London has called for a ban on these abominations. Don't hold your breath. Don't breathe either. What's to be done. Well. Write to siddique khan for one thing no matter what part of the country you live. Our cause to live !Ives free of smoke requires political suction. My local south ayrshire environmental health wrote to me after I lodged a complaint about my neighbours in my street who haves a total of five wood burning stoves and 11 coal burning chimneys with the following wisdom'wood burning stoves and burning coal is a normal feature of everyday normal domestic living'. My m.p.was equally sanguine. I have to patrol my garden to gauge if the air is fresh enough to make my mad panicky dash to take a shower and let the steam out before some bozo fills the air with appalling pollution. Same goes for cooking. Woe betide me if I mistime opening my kitchen window. Even with windows shut and vents bunged up, Acrid smoke still gets in. Did you know that indoor air quality can be as much as 70% of outdoor air quality. Seems siddique khan is our only friend out there. Wish he was a south Ayrshire environmental health officer, or just someone interested in the welfare of people within his/her catchment area.
Baffleditsallowed - 2-Jan-18 @ 11:11 AM
Hi I too have problems breathing due to the smoke from wood burning stoves. I also live in a smoke free zone.The air quality is so bad that I need to wear a mask to walk from my car to my front door when i return home from work in the evening. I wear a Cambridge Mask now when i go for a walk. With two hospital admissions for serious asthma attacks in the same week i had no choice. Recently i asked my husband to drive me into the mountains when i was having breathing difficulties and we watched the smoke rising into the air from all of the chimneys settling into a grey smog blanket over the city and the suburbs. The mask also helps with the nuisance of cars sitting idling with their engines running. If people knew what it was like to fight for your breath they might not be quite so selfish.
Twilightmum - 1-Jan-18 @ 8:41 PM
I have a neighbour who has a wood burner but the smell that covers our garden and permeates our house and has a sulphur smell to it, i have approached them but got a mouthful of abuse, the environment agency are useless. help please. I cant believe that when we had smog years ago chimneys were banned and now we have global warming they blame it on everything except wood burners. Wherever you walk or drive the air stinks of it
fogger - 30-Dec-17 @ 11:38 AM
A few years ago my neighbours opened up their chimney and installed a wood burning stove, using it through the winter. Since then I have been conscious of a faint and unpleasant smell of smoke, in my living room and bedroom in the evenings when it is in use. I had the environmental officer come along to check it out and he couldnt detect any harmful fumes in my house. They allowed him into their property with the same result. Does this mean I will just have to put up with this nuisance?
Rosie - 28-Dec-17 @ 8:16 AM
I have read the comments about wood burners with great interest - it is nice to know that I am not alone! We can no longer have our windows open at our house because of thefumes from our neighbour's wood burner - it makes my eyes sting and causes me to cough and the smell of the smoke is terrible! Our neighbour is not a particularly thoughtful person and has a total disregard for our comfort - he is obviously keen to enjoy his home as much as possible regardless of the impact on those around him. I cannot believe that these burners are allowed at all anywhere! The other evening there was a smog of low-lying fumes from log burners covering the street- it was like being transported back to Victorian Britain.
JackAlright - 12-Dec-17 @ 9:49 PM
My neighbours have a wood burning stove which smokes regularly almost every day throughout the winter. I am now considering taking them to Court regarding Statutory Nuisance with the hope of getting an injunction to stop them using the stove in the future. I am planning to start Court proceedings after Christmas. My question is this :- Can photos and videos which I take now BEFORE I notify them of the start of Court proceedings be usedor can I only use photo and video evidence taken AFTER I have notified themi.e. If I notify them of court proceedings in January 2018, can I use photo and video evidence from now November and December 2017 (and photos and videos from 2011/2012 when we had Enviromental Services involved)
EnoughIsEnough - 24-Nov-17 @ 12:48 PM
I to suffer from black smoke and smell from neighbours wood burning stove and my husband is disabled and in a wheelchair and relys on being able to get out into the garden .when environmental officers were out smoke was blowing over our drive over the factory onwards over the river and debri was falling and they did nothing.
Rosie - 18-Nov-17 @ 10:48 PM
My neighbour burns 2 log burners, one in a sun room built onto the back of their garage and the other one is in their house, they have both of them burning at the same time, so in the back of our house we can't open windows or hang washing out, and in the front we can't open windows either because the smoke comes in thru windows, it smells like bonfire night all year round, the house they live in has double glazing and central heating, so the log burner is not a primary heat source, what can I do about it
Scottie - 11-Oct-17 @ 10:57 PM
I am suffering with bonfires and pubs burning in open hearths.I moved out of my home which I had lived in for 16 years.The pub opposite opened up a second chimney and burned from 11.15am until midnight 7 days a week from the first week in September until the end of May.I had 4 years of trauma- hospital appointments for blocked ear, throat constriction, resumption of childhood asthma.I gave up work early and my friends, social actvities- choirs, local tuition and moved into rental in another county, as Environmental Health called; smelled the nuisance and then said that it was a business, so just advised them on hearth hygiene! My house move cost me £50,000 in stamp duties etc and legal fees, estate agency fees etc The local sweep told me he had condemned the chimneys 4 years previously, but they had them swept by someone else.My neighbours (terraced) had more than one fire engine callout as they cleaned their own chimney and consequently had chimney fires.The bituminous odour hung over my home for months on end. My lung capacity in my lower airways reduced to 56% and I was on steroids. I only had symptoms when their chimneys were operational.When I moved I stopped my medications altogether and started singing again. Several friends in that small town are now dead from asthma, lung cancer; heart condition related to asthma, an unusual type of emphysema and sinus cancer (very rare).There were 3 pubs emitting in a t-shaped street system, as well as houses with wood-burning. Now I am upset as I have isolated myself from my work and friends and tonight my new town has started up burning and there have been bonfires all this week.When I went to church this evening the whole town reeked of woodsmoke and so I will have to consider giving up going out for the foreseeable future in the evenings, especially.That means I have no social life.Thanks, guys.Wonder what you are all doing to the children in your area who have inhalers and to the elderly and vulnerable people.Oh yes, it can be okay at hearth level inside if the wood is burning brightly, but what comes out of your chimney and pollutes everyone else is a toxic nightmare to vulnerable people- and to yourselves ultimately, because we are the canaries who detect it in our lungs first.You may still be affected in later life.
Moneypenny - 8-Oct-17 @ 11:23 PM
Dan - Your Question:
Hey,I'm looking for some help we want a log burner installed but the only wall it can go on backs into next doors garden, it would be above head height on the wall and would rarely be lite but it is the focal point we want for our living room.Where do we stand? Is it upto them whether we can have one or not?I really don't want to upset anyone Thank you

Our Response:
If it will actually be on the neighbouring property (even in their airspace), yes they can refuse to allow it. Discuss it with the neighbours and see whether you can all agree on something acceptable.
ProblemNeighbours - 23-Aug-17 @ 12:44 PM
Hey, I'm looking for some help we want a log burner installed but the only wall it can go on backs into next doors garden, it would be above head height on the wall and would rarely be lite but it is the focal point we want for our living room. Where do we stand? Is it upto them whether we can have one or not? I really don't want to upset anyone Thank you
Dan - 21-Aug-17 @ 7:29 PM
Totally agree with any action to stop this outdoor smoke pollution by others wanting to cook outside. The odd bonfire is acceptable but not ruining the enjoyment for others at their own property. I have lived in this house all my life. New neighbours have built outdoor stoves which pollute my house and garden with smoke/fumes. There is space to build them elsewhere. When I mentioned this to them the reaction was verbal abuse, threats etc a type of anti social rage. Consideration for others seems to have gone, only I want, I want, I want andif you complain you are a moaner. Count me in for any support/action.
cautious - 11-Aug-17 @ 4:17 PM
How can wood burners be legal in suburban areas. They need to be policed. It's a complete joke, my neighbor is a prick who wants to burn the world. He and his wife are that bored that they spend there days breaking pallets and burning them . I really hope theydon't set them selves alight .
Hans - 28-Jul-17 @ 10:41 PM
Hi !About two winters ago houses around me started opening chimneys and a .few put in wood burners. Smoke and smells have come toward my rented council house since.I am in a culdy sac area . Since then my house stinks (bad in winter )have to keep windows closed and watch when I can put washing out.I have developed a wheeze and various pains constantly since the smoke problem.Dont drink but wake up every morning with a hangover. Complained to enviorirnment a few times -one chimney across from me house owner burning pallets with paint on them and wet unseasoned wood.The man did admit this whenhe was visited-wood was there to be seen.He was asked not to burn this kind of stuffby the visiting officer. Still goes on worse in dark( have photos ) Been told by council and envrionmen officer 'they cannot do anything about it'. and 'its now a way of life '.There are at least several chimneys directly round about my house and smoke tends to drift in that direction. Smokey.
smokey - 23-Jul-17 @ 10:16 PM
I have a multi stove but only burn smokeless anthraciteand kiln driedkindling and we dont have any problems
macymoo - 28-Jun-17 @ 2:55 PM
Jesmar - Your Question:
Is there anything I can do about my neighbours they have a large oil drum barbeque that they put right next to our fence sometimes they have a barbeque but mostly they burn wood on it so all the thick smoke blows in my house and garden it's all times of the day if my washing is out it absolutely stinks of burnt wood we arent really on speaking terms as they are very arrogant I have lived here 25 years they have lived next door about a year

Our Response:
This depends how often they use it and at what times of day really. You could try asking them if they'll consider mediation or perhaps agree certain times of the week/day to use the BBQ? If they're not willing to cooperate, try the environmental health department.
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Jun-17 @ 12:08 PM
Is there anything I can do about my neighbours they have a large oil drum barbeque that they put right next to our fence sometimes they have a barbeque but mostly they burn wood on it so all the thick smoke blows in my house and garden it's all times of the day if my washing is out it absolutely stinks of burnt wood we arent really on speaking terms as they are very arrogant I have lived here 25 years they have lived next door about a year
Jesmar - 10-Jun-17 @ 4:16 PM
I have seen forehand the nightmare of multi-fuel stoves and wood burning stoves. My neighbour does not care about anyone and the tension is scary. The government has covered up the issue with wood burning stoves because of there popularity. They fear going against diesel vans and wood burning stoves before a election will effect there campaign. They say 55% of pollution is due to diesel vans, 35% is due to old style boilers and 10% to wood burning stoves. The government plan a moneymaking scheme from fining vehicles and wood burners. The truth is the governments legislation which governs wood burning stoves is flawed, non-logical and smoke free zone should mean smoke free zone. It is so difficult to catch someone burning the wrong fuel as Environmental Officers would need warrants to enter someone's home if refused entry, which can take 2 to 3 hours and they have to see them visually burning it to inflict a fine of up to £1000. I AM PUTTING FORWARD A GOVERNMENT PETITION IN JULY, I WILL NEED 10,000 signatures...PLEASE SUPPORT ME
J - 1-Jun-17 @ 5:02 PM
Further to my earlier comments 're. wood burner I would add that there is talk of taxing these idiots who have them. Great. Slam them heavily I say. They obviously have money to burn so to speak having shelled out huge expense fitting these, so they can afford to pay some punitive taxes. Luv to see that come about!!
Appalled - 15-Feb-17 @ 10:19 AM
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