13.08.20 At last! Some Good News!

Posted on August 13, 2020
Archive : August 2020
Category : Wood Burning Stoves

It's Official: "We are not banning stoves...

... or open fireplaces, and these policies do not seek to prevent their use or installation. Our intention is to ensure people move from burning more polluting to less polluting fuels. We are encouraging a move from burning wet wood to burning dry wood, and from traditional house coal to smokeless coal and low sulphur manufactured solid fuels." This is the opening from the recent statement from Defra accompanying the publication their Air Quality Regulations 2020 which will go through parliament some time this year. The 1st May next year will see the banning of sales of all bagged traditional house coal (aka bituminous or smoky coal) from this date. In addition, all wood (for domestic use) sold in volumes under 2 cubic metres must be fully seasoned with a moisture content of less than 20%. Smokeless coal products, but with significantly reduced sulphur content, will still be available. This is exactly line with what we at The Stove Yard were saying the last time the papers went off on one about banning stoves: They are not banning stoves.

The regulation can be viewed in full here https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2020/9780348210194/contents