The Burning Truth: Will wood burning stoves be banned?
Posted: June 20, 2019
Categories: Flue Liners (Woodburners)
Over the past few months you have heard about the clean air strategy and carbon emissions being bad for the environment and extinction rebellion campaigning for new policies but this has been heavily taken out of context and has been quite damaging for the stove and flue industry. Many people now believe that the burning of wood and coal on stoves and open fires will be banned in 2022 but this isn’t the Case. Actually only the use of open fires will be banned and the government are actually encouraging people to use wood burning stoves as an efficient alternative. Stoves in themselves aren’t polluting – its actually the way that some people use them. The truth is that very few people are shown how to use a stove, so they very rarely burn efficiently until they either ask for help or have their flue swept. Unlike gas or oil, wood is a renewable energy source and when burnt correctly can be a very efficient energy source for heating a home. In 2022 the only multi fuel wood burning stoves to be sold will have to be either Eco Design or Defra approved. These stoves can reduce emissions by 90% compared to an open fire and 80% compared to stoves that where manufactured 10 years ago. The main ban will be the use of certain types of fuels and not the stoves that burn them, which has been very misleading in the current press campaigns.
- The proposal is the restrictions of the sale of wet wood for domestic burning
- Applying sulphur standards and smoke emission limits to all solid fuels.
- Phasing out the sale of bituminous or traditional house coal.