In May 2018, the UK Government launched a consultation into their new clean air strategy that may affect older wood burning stoves and open fires.

The clean air strategy aims to crack down on a wide range of pollutants. These include particulates from wet wood and coal burning in homes, ammonia emissions from farms and dust from vehicle tyres and brakes.

The new clean air strategy is a response to an EU directive on cutting harmful emissions. An air quality plan, published in July 2017, is related to a separate EU directive on cleaner air.

The environment secretary, Michael Gove, said he was ready to legislate to ensure only the “cleanest” domestic fuels would be available for sale. About 10% of UK homes (2.5 million) have an open fire or wood-burning stove.

The problem is not the stoves it’s the fuel

Using the latest stoves with installation and maintenance by qualified fitter will help to reduce particulates pollution. However choice of fuel is an important factor.

Experts say the burning of wet or unseasoned wood and smoky solid fuels is the main problem. Wet wood contains moisture that creates smoke and harmful particulates when burned. Properly seasoned wood should have a moisture content of 20% or less.

One easy measure would be to ban the sale of wood that does not have the “ready to burn” logo. This would outlaw poor-quality logs bought from garage forecourts and DIY outlets.While some headlines may talk about wood burning stoves it is open fires that are the biggest polluters.Bruce Allen, chief executive of Hetas, the not-for-profit body that approves fuel and install standards, says open fires produce the bigger problem.

One of the newest models of stoves used to burn dry wood will produce a fraction of the particulates of an open fire burning wet logs, he said The government has also noted this in documents, meaning open fires are most at risk.

Reducing the impact of my stove or open fire

While open fires in high population density areas like London will probably be more strictly controlled, the latest Defra-approved stoves are likely to be fine.These wood burning stoves pre-heat the air entering the chamber and produce fewer smoky particulates than older stoves, and about 90% less than an open fire.Also consider switching to briquettes made from waste wood. 

They are cheaper, deliver more heat and are cleaner-burning.Examples of Defra approved wood burning stoves available from Complete Stoves are show below: 

ACR Birchdale DEFRA approved wood burning stove

ACR Malvern classic DEFRA approved wood burning stoves 

Brosley Snodon DEFRA approved wood burning stove

Burley Debdale DEFRA approved woodburning stove

The consultation is still ongoing but Wood Burning stoves are very unlikely to be banned by future governments. Please get in touch if you have any concerns about Wood burning stoves.

Further reading

Burning issue: Are wood-burning stoves going to get the chop?

UK’s new air pollution strategy ‘hugely disappointing

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Here at Complete Stoves we sell woodburning stoves and multifuel stoves at very competitive prices. We are proud to be a family run business, operating out of our premises in Northamptonshire but close to the borders of the three counties of Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire. 

Our central location means we are well placed to serve most regions of the UK. Our low overheads mean that we can offer the full service of supplying the best woodburning stoves, multi fuel stoves and boiler stoves.

We are Hetas (Heating Equipment Testing and Approvals Scheme)registered installers and can provide you with a wide range of well known brands of stoves for your home at very competitive prices.Come and visit our showroom, where you can view our range of stoves we have on show, including live ones. Stoves are a focal point in any home and bring instant warmth and life to a room.

Our showroom is in the Northamptonshire village of Yelvertoft, near Junction 18 of the M1: Buffs Farm, Elkington Road, Yelvertoft, Northamptonshire.

Although you are welcome to visit us in our showroom, you can also order our stoves online from our website: Complete stoves online shop 

While open fires look lovely, our stoves are a clean, efficient and carbon neutral way of keeping your home warm. See our About us for more information.

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