DAVID Hill (‘‘Clear the air on chimney pollution’’ Letters 1/8): I completely understand where you’re coming from with your smoke issue. I get upset about it too.
I have had a wood fire for about 25 years now and have never caused grief to any of my neighbours because of smoke issues.
It’s simple: Burn good seasoned wood, control your flue properly and make sure your chimney is at the required height for your house and there is no problem with smoke.
Philip Hatch (‘‘Defending wood fire delights’’ Letters 4/8): Yes, it’s absolutely a beautiful way to warm your home, though I disagree with your idea of it being an economical way to heat your house.
Wood is not cheap these days so to be economical I cook a lot of my meals on top of my fire, dry all our washing in front of it in wet weather and even keep a kettle of water on top for doing dishes or whatever.
A wood fire is a lot of hard work but I absolutely love it and think the extra effort is worth it.
But I do believe that respecting your neighbours with the smoke is important too.