HETAS have advised that while they are keen to encourage consumers to switch to cleaner wood burning, which will directly benefit them in their homes and improve the local environment, the government is not considering banning domestic burning.
Many households have installed wood - burning stoves, and they are not seeking to prevent their use or installation.
The Government along with the Industry is trying to educate households in using the correct wood/fuels for their woodburning stoves to reduce omissions and to stop people using open fires, specifically within smoke control areas throughout London, the South East and beyond.
For the majority of burners that we install, they are within a smoke control area and must have a DEFRA approved stove to be fitted. DEFRA approved stoves already provide cleaner combustion than open fires or non-DEFRA stoves.
The Government, HETAS and the entire industry are already working to raise consumer awareness of the benefits of cleaner fuels, such as the Woodsure Ready to Burn initiative, where a logo clearly identifies wood that is certified as clean and ready to burn.
You will have also read about new regulations for 2022. In 2022 ECODESIGN STOVES will come into force, although some stove manufacturers are already prepared and are selling ECODESIGN stoves. Others will no doubt over the coming months/years adapt existing stove models to comply with the regulations. ECO stoves will follow on from DEFRA stoves – basically much cleaner combustion and
even more efficient.
It is very important to note that any stove purchased or installed before 2022 when ECODESIGN stoves come into full effect will still be fine to use. After this date only ECODESIGN stoves will be available to purchase.
So to sum up, there is NO BAN on Woodburning Stoves so you can still enjoy being cosy and warm at home.