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What everybody ought to know

In the News again!

Woodburners or woodburning stoves yet again have hit the headlines this week and having waded through the nonsense we have discovered very little is actually being said that we didn’t already know.

The news papers have announced that woodburners are bad, toxic, have been likened to passive smoking and are more harmful to the environment than your average Family car sat with the engine running on the school run! 

The dailymail published that “The popularity of wood-burners has soared in the past decade, with as many as 1.5million households believed to own one in 2022. But emissions of one of the most harmful types of air pollution have increased by 35 per cent between 2010 and 2020”

Now its important to remember that ALL domestic combustion appliance types are accounted for under the same figure within the Emissions of Air Pollution in the UK data.

These include open fires, older stoves and modern, Ecodesign compliant wood burning stoves.

Of the total emissions attributable to domestic combustion, only 4.8% is attributable to modern, Ecodesign compliant wood burning stoves, and in the wider context that is just 1.3% of total UK PM2.5 emissions.

The UK stove industry continues to innovate, producing modern wood burning stove appliances that are more efficient and less polluting than ever before. While the total figures attributable to domestic combustion within the government’s latest figures have caused many critics to attack all forms of domestic wood burning once again, the overall PM2.5 emissions linked to the very latest wood burning stove models is just 1.3% of the UK total.

A modern stove that is Ecodesign compliant, such as a clearSkies certified appliance, will produce up to 90% less emissions than an open fire and up to 80% less* than many older stoves. What other sector can claim to have achieved technical advances leading to such a significant reduction?

But we have to also consider and educate ourselves on what is acceptable fuel to burn, consumers must ensure that they burn responsibly by only using good quality, dry wood fuel such as Ready to Burn certified logs, having their chimney regularly swept and their stove well maintained, and ensuring that the installation is carried out by a qualified professional such as a HETAS or OFTEC registered installer.

Here at Fire By Design w

e always advise the importance of burning clean dry wood and endorse purchasing Kiln Dried Logs from a certified and reputable supplier- The Log Store Group | 100% sustainable kiln-dried wood across Dorset and South Somerset

There are many misconceptions out there and some information is misconstrued by the way it is presented. We are based in Dorset and at present there are no areas within our area where we need to panic about bans, enforcemnets etc… 


Here are our top tips when selecting / using a woodburning stove.

Charnwood Cranmore 5 woodburning stove


  • 1. Choose an Ecodesign compliant wood burning stove such as a clearSkies certified appliance. If you currently use an open fire or an older, very basic wood burning stove consider upgrading. A modern Ecodesign compliant wood burning stove, such as a clearSkies model, releases up to 90% less emissions than an open fire and can be up to 80% less than some older stoves.
  • 2. If you live in a Smoke Control Area, your stove will also need to be Defra exempt. All clearSkies Level 3 and above models are certified as Defra exempt.
  • 3. Visit us for guidance on choosing the right size stove for your property and for a detailed installation quote.
  • 4. Ensure your stove is fitted and maintained by an appropriately qualified competent person such as one who is HETAS or OFTEC
  • 5. Ensure you use quality wood fuel. Look for the Ready to Burn logo to ensure your wood logs are at or below 20% moisture content. Never used chemically treated wood or burn waste on your stove.
  • 6. Have your chimney swept at least once a year by a registered sweep. The Federation of British Chimney Sweeps has links to all the main sweep associations. Chimney sweeps are a valuable source of information for good practice and advice – and they are happy to engage and encourage you to “Speak to a Sweep”.
  • 7. Keep your stove in tip top condition by having it regularly serviced.


* Verified by independent emissions testing.

# clearSkies certified appliances have been independently verified as meeting the requirements of the Ecodesign regulation, plus any clearSkies appliance certified at Level 3 and above has been checked as having been granted Defra exemption, meaning it can be used to burn wood in a Smoke Control Area.


Published: 15th Feb '23
Author: Nicola Williams

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