Please be aware that the legislation is changing around the use of wood burning stoves.
The UK government are introducing new measures to reduce air pollution caused by wood burning stoves.
How does this affect you?
If you live in a smoke controlled area (usually built up areas) then you will need to make sure your stove is DEFRA approved. If your stove is not DEFRA approved then you only be permitted to burn DEFRA approved fuel which does not include wood. If you are looking to purchase a new wood burning stove then it makes sense to make sure it is DEFRA apporved.
Older wood burning stoves tend not to meet todays emmision standards.
Log suppliers will now only be able to sell "ready to burn" dry wood with a moisture content less than 20%. If you source your own wood you will need to store in a dry place for up to one year and only use when the moisture content is below 20%. Moisture content is measured with and easy to use moisture meter
Having your chimney regulary cleaned will improve the efficiency of your wood burning stove and in turn reduce harmful emmissions.
Burning smokeless fuel is aslo a good way of reducing smoke pollution which is increasing due the popularity of wood burning stoves.
For more information please see visit the HETAS website.