what do the new defra rules mean for woodburners

Are wood burning stoves being banned?

The government has recently announced plans as part of the Clean Air Strategy to ensure only the cleanest wood burning stoves are sold by 2022 and to outlaw the sale of the most polluting fuels.

Is there going to be a wood burner ban?

Contrary to some rumours, wood burning stoves are not about to be banned. The Government has introduced a certification for stoves that meet green standards. These appliances, are labelled with an “ecodesign” sticker and have improved air circulation that burns more cleanly.

As retailers of Morsø stoves, some of the most efficient and eco-friendly wood burners on the market, we welcome this news and believe that it will lead to a refining of the market with only the most environmentally friendly stoves available for sale.

Ecodesign ready stoves

Morsø’s wood-burning stoves meet some of the strictest environmental standards, including the Nordic Swan Eco Label and they are at the forefront of the EcoDesign 2022 standards.

A large of number of Morsø stoves are also listed on the HETAS website as SIA EcoDesign ready with others to follow. Morsø have demonstrably reduced the emissions of particles to an absolute minimum by using refined combustion technology together with an advanced purification system.

If you’re considering replacing an old stove or making a first time purchase feel free to visit us in our showroom where Dave or Marc will be happy to show you our wide range of EcoDesign ready woodburners and to talk through any concerns you have.

Modern woodburners release 90% fewer emissions than open fires

Dennis Milligan from the Stove Industry Alliance points out that much of the new legislation is aimed at owners of old woodburners and recommends that you replace your stove if it is 10 years-old or more.

Stoves available on the market now release 90 per cent fewer emissions than open fires and 80 per cent fewer than the stoves of 10 years ago, he adds. Newly designed stoves are also 80 per cent efficient, increased from 60 per cent in 2008, meaning new owners get more heat for their money. ”

Use the right fuel with your wood burner

Wood is the only truly carbon neutral renewable fuel when naturally seasoned. Seasoning is the process of splitting and drying wood so that the moisture content is less than 20%.

Any water in a log will be released as steam and prevent the combustible gases from igniting. The release of these unburnt gases as smoke pollutes the environment and may also condense in the chimney potentially leading to a chimney fire.

We recommend the use of kiln dried wood and we advise against burning anything other than wood, such as newspaper, in your wood burner.