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Think before you burn

Supervisors hope a change in the county’s zoning ordinance will keep smoke from one person’s outdoor wood furnace from being a nuisance to the neighbors.

The board amended its ordinance to include rules regarding the outdoor furnaces, which some people burn throughout the year to provide heat and hot water for homes.

In King George, the furnaces are permitted in rural agricultural and limited agricultural zones, A-1 and A-2.

They have to be at least 50 feet from the property line  and at least 100 feet from neighboring homes.

Outdoor wood furnaces in King George also have to meet manufacturer’s guidelines, especially on fuel uses. The furnaces typically burn wood, pellets and corn products.

And one more thing: Don’t toss the manual. The new ordinance says the homeowner may have to produce the manual to the zoning administrator for review.