Will woodburners be banned?

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The answer is NO!


There’s been a lot of hype about woodburners being banned recently. It’s all about air quality (and rightly so). Here’s the truth behind it…

Woodburner installation

The Clean Air Strategy establishes how the government plans to tackle and improve air quality. This applies to Cornwall as well as all the big cities. Research has demonstrated burning wet logs on an open fire or an old woodburner is bad for air quality. It adds to air pollution and can lead to many health issues such as respiratory diseases.

Burning fuels such as plastics or treated waste woods also adds to air pollution.

In a nutshell, you shouldn’t be burning treated wood, or logs that have a moisture content above 20%.

So if your fence blows down, don’t burn it. Buy or use wood that has been seasoned correctly or is kiln dried. And if you’re not sure how much water content your log has, buy a moisture meter and test it. If you’ve got wood briquettes, make sure they are not “glued” together.




Seasoned wood – should be under 20% moisture content
Check the moisture content of your wood


How you use your woodburner or fire can also contribute to poor air quality. You shouldn’t let the fire smoulder or burn overnight!! Get the fire hot fast and always have a flame. Your woodburner will have a user manual that you should refer to.


Upgrading your open fire or your old woodburner to a new woodburning stove is a great way to help improve air quality. It will also save you money on the amount you spend on fuel as the new woodburners are proven to burn less wood for the same heat output.

In 2022, every stove and woodburner sold in the UK must conform to new clean burning standards. They must be “Ecodesign Ready”. A group of manufactures have already started producing stoves that meet these criteria. These manufacturers are known as the Stove Industry Alliance – SIA. If your woodburner is Ecodesign Ready, you have a stove that if used correctly, is one of the cleanest and environmentally friendly woodburners available.


Help improve air quality and save your pocket at the same time and get your open fire or old woodburner updated – or at the very least, burn the right wood!!!!

Clear emissions when burning right

Check out these links for more information

Burn right

Woodsure – Ready to burn

SIA – Ecodesign ready

HETAS – Ecodesign ready stoves

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