Consumer Question & Answers

Q.  Will stoves be banned?
A.  Despite some sensationalism in newspapers, there is no suggestion that stoves will be banned.

Q.  Will I have to change my old stove for a new one?
A.  There are no plans to require anyone to do so. If your appliance is an old open fire or an old stove it is very much worth considering a change as a new one will be much more efficient and cleaner to use with dry Ready to Burn fuel

Q.  Are modern appliances that much better than old ones?
A.  Yes.  A modern clean burn appliance burning Ready to Burn woodfuels can be seen to reduce particulate emissions by 80% compared to old appliances burning wet wood

Q.  Can I burn clean dry wood in a smoke controlled area?
A.  Only if a Defra exempted appliance which lists wood logs as an allowed fuel

Q.  Can I burn waste wood like old fence posts etc?
A.  Never burn wast woods with chemicals, paints or treatments – this waste is always more polluting and can contain more hazardous emissions than clean dry wood fuel

Q.  Can I still use coal and mineral fuels?
A.  Yes in some cases.  In a smoke controlled area, you must burn authorised smokeless fuel. Outside smoke control areas, whilst the guidance is less strict, it is always better to burn clean dry wood or smokeless fuels.  This way you protect your appliance & chimney, get better efficiency and heat, & protect the environment more

Q.  How do I get both the best appliance and greatly reduce environmental impact?
A.  The best choice is always burning clean dry wood-fuel in a modern appliance.  You get the best value from your fuel and reduce environmental impact

Q.  Is seasoned wood as good as kiln dried wood?
A.  Yes very much so.  The key is to use Ready to Burn wood which always has a moisture content of up to 20% moisture – Purchase moisture meter

Q.  Are heat logs and briquettes ok?
A.  Yes. Look for the Ready to Burn logo and the heat logs will be clean and dry Ready to Burn

Q.  What about burning other forms of compacted fuel?
A.  We strongly recommend checking if they are made from clean dry wood to be sure about what you are burning, some of these compressed fuels contain contaminants and waste that cause damage to the appliance and fuels increase polluting emissions

Q.  Do I need to get my stove serviced?
A.  Yes it is important to get your chimney swept and appliance serviced at least once a year, usually after burning season (May – September)