I've heard that stoves are going to be banned, is this true?
The short answer is 'no'.
Wood burning has certainly received some bad press recently, linking it to poor air quality. The Mayor of London was even said to be considering banning stoves in the city. Journalists have a habit of ignoring facts that get in the way of a headline-grabbing story and sadly, this also applies to the quality press in this instance. At no point did the Mayor of London ever say that stoves were going to be banned. In fact, by way of an apology for this press misquote, the Mayor's Office was happy to endorse some Ready to Burn Wood advertising in the London Evening Standard (February 2018) to help set the record straight (see below). The Mayor is quite rightly keen to control the two biggest contributors of wood burning emissions – illegal wood burning in open fires in London's Smoke Control Areas and the burning of highly polluting wet wood anywhere in the capital. With this endorsement there is a recognition that Defra Approved and Ecodesign Ready stoves, as well as encouraging the use of dry wood, can be a major part of the solution to wood burning emissions and one which doesn't deprive people of the pleasure and economic benefits they get from using stoves to heat their homes. Defra, who are ultimately responsible for the country's air quality, have no plans to ban wood burning stoves either.
Geoff Royle, Technical director, April 2018
Click the image below to download the Woodsure Ready to Burn information advertisement (.pdf)