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Are wood burning stoves going to be banned?

Are Wood Burning Stoves going to be banned?

Wood burning stoves are back in the news this week as the government puts its plans into action to phase out the sale of the most polluting fuels by 2023.

But what does this actually mean?

  • Rather, the burning of dry seasoned wood is now highlighted as the cleanest and most efficient fuel available
  • The sale of coal and wet wood will be phased out as these produce the highest level of air pollution and are least efficient

We at Thaxted Stoves think this is a big step in the right direction for improving the way we heat our homes.

Many of the moves being legislated are actually here to help by improving the quality of fuel we burn in our homes. By encouraging the use of dry and seasoned wood, we are ensuring we are using the cleanest possible fuel to power our stoves.

By working with the government on this issue, the stove industry is ensuring that we can continue to burn solid fuel in a way that is sustainable, efficient and doesn’t pollute the air we breathe.

What Should You Do Now?

If you already have a wood burning stove:
  • If you already have stove it’s time to put some thought into how clean and efficient your fuel is.
  • If you are using house coal, find an alternative manufactured smokeless fuel to burn instead.
  • If you are using unseasoned wood – or, worse still, old furniture, pallets or fence panels – start to make the change to suitable seasoned firewood. 
If you are looking for a new wood burning stove:

Whether you are looking to buy a stove for the first time or want to replace an older model, take into consideration how clean burning and efficient your options are.

The best way to ensure your stove is producing minimal emissions is to invest in an Ecodesign stove. These actually already exceed the current European directive on how much air pollution wood burning stoves can make by up to 75%.

Feel free to contact us for further information regarding eco friendly wood burning stoves and the new rules around cleaners fuels.