Contura c320 wood burning stove

Time to close that open fire – and replace it with an EcoDesign wood burner

New generation wood burning stoves are now so clean and efficient. Not only can you clearly see the flames, but the radiant heat comes straight at you. It looks and feels just like an open fire.

Whilst traditional open fires do allow you to see the flames, they have now been identified as a major source of air pollution. This makes it hard to justify still lighting one. Not only does 80-90% of the heat go up the chimney but also particulate matter is released direct into the air. By installing a new Eco Design 2022 clean burning wood stove you can personally reduce emissions by up to 90%.

In its Clean Air Strategy, Defra recognises that all wood burning is not the same. Also, reductions in particulate emissions (PM) can be achieved through the installation of EcoDesign Ready stoves burning dry wood.

Stove industry alliance chart about impact of open fires against woodburnersBurning wood produces particulate matter (PM) but the amount produced depends on how the wood is burnt. Independent research conducted by Kiwa Gastec on behalf of the SIA has shown that SIA EcoDesign Ready stoves can reduce particulate emissions by 90% compared to an open fire and 80% compared to an old stove.

To deal with domestic burning, the government will ban the sale of the most polluting fossil fuels and ensure that only efficient and clean wood burning stoves are available for sale by 2022. The government is also consulting on phasing out the sale of traditional house coal and on limiting the sale of wet wood, the type found on garage forecourts. Look for the Ready to burn logo on bags of logs to ensure your firewood is dry and suitable for your stove.

So, if you love a real open fire but are concerned about what to burn once house coal becomes unavailable the answer might just be to install a wood burning stove.

Wood burning stoves are not only much more efficient when compared to open fires, they are environmentally more friendly especially when compared to burning coal on your open fire.

When harvested from efficiently managed forests, wood logs are obtained as a natural by-product of the thinning process. This is a form or renewable and sustainable biomass fuel. This is essential to the conservation of the forest, as it ensure there is enough light and space for the remaining trees to thrive. On a continuous cycle, felled trees are replaced and replanted, thereby preserving the woodland for future use. Firewood logs are therefore virtually carbon neutral, and as a result, woodland is being increasingly recognised as a valuable resource for sustainable fossil free fuel.

Contact us on 01237 420904 to find out more or visit our showroom to speak to our experts.