You may have heard on the grapevine that there are changes to the solid fuel industry. With all the information going around, we know it can be hard to make head or tail of it all. Here at Energy Innovation, we have laid out the information you need – here in one place.
What are the 2022 changes, and what does it mean for the stove market?
Air quality has always been something of environmental focus, and this year, a strategy was published by the Government to improve it. This included looking at domestic heating, in particular at the fuel we burn and what we use to burn it with.
For the stove market, this meant that there would be new air quality standards for wood burning products manufactured after 2022. From 2022, manufacturers will only be able to produce stoves that comply with these new air quality standards. It is easy to tell which stoves are compliant, as they will bear the SIA Ecodesign Ready label – just ask us here at Energy Innovation and we will advise on an Ecodesign stove or fire for your home.
What is an Ecodesign Ready stove?
Ecodesign stoves and fires have high efficiency combustion systems and reduce emissions to a minimum. They have been designed to burn as efficiently as possible, so that you can be safe in the knowledge you are doing your bit to reduce emissions when it comes to solid fuel heating.
Can I still use my current stove after 2022?
There has been no indication that you will not be able to use your non-Ecodesign stove, but we would recommend that if you have an older stove that you consider updating to a model that is more efficient and produces less emissions.
Remember that in areas with smoke control restrictions, it is essential that you choose either a model that is DEFRA-approved, or an Ecodesign stove.
What else can I do to reduce emissions?
What you burn on your stove has a huge effect on your stove’s performance, the health of your chimney, and emissions your product will produce.
Treated wood, such as pallet, painted wood or timber, should never be burnt on your stove or fire. The chemicals in the wood can damage your appliance and chimney, and will produce harmful smoke.
To make sure you are getting the most out of your stove, burn well seasoned dry wood. Wood that is wet or freshly felled has a high moisture content. When you burn wet wood, the energy in your fire is wasted burning off the water in the wood, rather than heating your home. It also creates tar and creosote that can sit in your flue and has potential to cause chimney fires.
Instead, make sure your wood has a moisture content of less than 20%. If you are collecting your own wood, you can check this with a moisture meter. If you want to buy good wood ready supplied, look for the Woodsure ‘Ready to Burn’ logo. This is an accredited scheme that will confirm the wood you are burning is of a good quality.