No, wood burners are not going to be banned in the UK.
However, new regulations did come into effect in 2022 that require all new wood burning stoves to meet certain environmental standards in an effort to reduce harmful emissions. Keep reading to find out what these regulations are, and how they might affect you if you’re looking to buy a new wood burner.
Wood burning stove regulations in the UK
New wood burning laws came into effect in the UK on 1st January 2022 as part of the government’s Clean Air Strategy, with the goal of reducing air pollution and reaching net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.
As of this date, it is now illegal to manufacture or sell a wood burning stove that doesn’t meet Ecodesign regulations. This means that all newly manufactured wood burners will need to adhere to these rules, and carry an approved Ecodesign Ready Stove quality assurance certification.
All stoves that were installed before 1st January 2022 are exempt from these new regulations, so if you purchased a wood burner before this date you don’t need to worry. You will still be able to use your stove – though you’ll need to make sure you’re only burning dry wood, as wet logs produce more harmful emissions. Look for wood with a ‘Ready to Burn’ label, which means it has a moisture content of less than 20%.
What is an Ecodesign stove?
Ecodesign is a European-wide initiative designed to lower emissions and improve air quality.
A wood burning stove that is approved as Ecodesign Ready has been independently tested to ensure that it meets the requirements for air quality and particle emissions. Stoves are tested on various points, including their levels of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.
What are DEFRA exempt wood burning stoves?
DEFRA exempt wood burning stoves are stoves that have been approved to burn specific fuels in a smoke controlled area. They are designed to prevent smoke from being emitted, making them less harmful to the environment
DEFRA stands for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, which is the branch of government responsible for tackling air pollution and reducing emissions. A DEFRA exempt stove is needed if you live in a smoke controlled area, where you are only permitted to burn smokeless fuels. If you live in one of these areas and your stove is not DEFRA approved, you could face a heavy fine.