Open Fires as a heating source in an urban environment

I have a slow combustion heater and caused a bit of grief for my neighbour to the east. After tweaking the flue height and understanding it's operation it now burns pretty clean and the neighbour is happy.
On the flip side, my neighbour to the west has an open fire and in their wisdom have chosen to use it as a main form of heating. We now sit is a cloud of smoke and fume. They dont see the problem as the due is at our common boundary and leaves them to join us (weather is predominantly from the W-SW).
When you have a neighbour who appears all concerned but feels there is little they can do it is near impossible to resolve.
At least it is teaching my children the impact of open fires in an urban environment.
We are in City of Darebin.


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