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Hearing on wood furnaces

The Board of Supervisors plans a public hearing on Nov. 16 to include regulations about outdoor wood furnaces in its zoning ordinances.

The supervisors have been discussing the outdoor furnaces in recent months, particularly after a resident complained to several members. The resident told the supervisors that a neighbor’s outdoor furnace is so close to her property line—and blows so much smoke in her yard—that she can’t even sit out on her deck.

The proposed ordinance defines the furnaces, their use, what fuel should be burned in them and how tall their chimneys should be. The furnaces should be at least 50 feet from the property line and at least 100 feet from any residence not served by the furnace.

More information about the proposed ordinance is on pages 140-142 of the supervisors’ agenda for Oct. 19, shown here


  • Dirty Aviston

    I too live next to a wood furnace (boiler). If you live within 1/2 mile of a wood furnace, you are too close. For those of you who are not familiar with a wood furnace, you can see one in action on YouTube, just search “Dirty Aviston”