DEFRA to ban sale of wet wood for domestic log-burners

DEFRA Ban on Domestic Wet Wood Sale

DEFRA Ban on Domestic Wet Wood Sale

North Mill Stoves are very pleased to hear this latest news from DEFRA that burning of wet wood will be banned. Burning wet wood is not only highly polluting but also decreases the efficiency of even the best of SIA-registered log-burner stoves.

Log burners in British home tend to be either wood-burning or coal-burning and unless good quality kiln-dried wood even the most efficient log burners will generate unacceptable amounts and size of particulate matter.

Wood bought from garages and DIY stores is wet and hence very polluting when burnt as large particulate matter is released in smoke. Similarly coal also burns with large particulate matter.

As per the government’s latest guidance, it is only the sale of the most polluting fuels burned in household stoves and open fires will be phased out from next year to clean up the air.

We believe this is a very important legislation to improve the quality of our air and thereby the environment. In fact this was the reason that we started to recommend only Stove Industry Approved (SIA) Ecodesign Ready Stoves since the beginning of 2019.

However the sale of good quality log burners is not affected so please be aware of media headlines, do make an effort to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to the details of this ban.

The DEFRA consulted on the cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood between August to October 2018. The proposals in the said consultation included

  •     restrictions on the sale of wet wood for domestic burning
  •     phasing out the sale of traditional house coal
  •     applying sulphur standards and smoke emission limits to all manufactured solid fuels


Read further on www.gov.uk