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Ban on wood burning stoves? Dispelling the myth.

There have been a lot of misleading headlines in the press about a possible ban on wood burning stoves.

Whilst the DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) have implemented a 25 year plan to leave the environment in a better state than we found it, they have NOT banned the use of wood burning stoves.

Instead, the SIA (Stove Industry Alliance), Woodsure and HETAS have been consulting with DEFRA to continue to provide an option for people to use the renewable fuel wood in the future (gas is not renewable and causes not issues with extraction and transport but also politics!).

Here are the key points to consider if you would like to use a renewable energy source (wood):

  1. Do not use an open fire. Open fires are one of the largest sources of pollution – and you use 5 times as many logs as you would do with a wood burning stove. Only a closed unit such as a stove is able to get up to the required temperature needed for the process of secondary combustion to take place – which is what makes stoves so energy efficient.
  2. Ensure that the stove you are getting installed is DEFRA approved, but also ECO Design Ready. These ECO Design ready stoves are not more expensive than their normal counterparts, but they are future proof and extremely efficient.
  3. Ensure the wood you use is FSC wood
  4. Ensure that the wood you use is not wet – this will create smoke


If you need any more proof that wood burning stoves are not the root cause of the particle pollution in London, all you need to do is look at this pollution map .

You can clearly see that the main pollution is along main roads and junctions (dark red) in Central London, with yellow areas surrounding those. There are hardly any wood burning stoves in Central London, as it is mainly office and commercial buildings.

For some more information on EcoDesign, which is a European-wide programme to lower emissions, you can read some more here

It is due to come into force for stoves in the UK in 2022. SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves will meet the Ecodesign requirements and are available now. The PM emissions limit for Ecodesign is 55% lower than for DEFRA exempt stoves – you will have the greenest stove available on the market and save even more on fuel.

If you need any more information or have more questions, simply get in touch on 07949 628942 or [email protected], we are happy to explain more over the phone or provide a free site visit with a consultation.





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