It’s becoming increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction with misleading information filling the media regarding the future of the wood burning stove industry. To help you we’ve outlined the facts about the new Eco Design 2022 Regulations and how these will affect your home fire.
Contrary to media reports, all stoves are not to be banned, the new limits on emissions align new products with the world we exist in today and permits us all to continue enjoying the back to basics tradition of solid fuel heating appliances, responsibly.
Put simply, in a bid to further reduce the impact heating appliances have on our environment, the bodies that govern our industry (DEFRA, Stove Industry Alliance and HETAS) have introduced stricter guidelines concerning efficiency levels and particulate matter by which a multitude of appliances manufactured after 1st January 2022 and sold in the UK (and Ireland) must adhere. These will be known as Eco Design 2022 Ready.
The primary areas of focus for the Eco Design directive are reduced particle emissions, lower Carbon Monoxide emissions and improved efficiency levels through better fuel standards and sustainability. Local councils will also be handed greater power to enforce the Eco Design Ready Scheme in their region.
So, will your existing stove be legal after 2022?
Yes. The Clean Air Strategy does not say there will be a ban on the use of existing wood or multi-fuel appliances, nor do you need to modify your appliance. Recommendations however are that you should only burn quality dry “Ready to Burn” wood or quality smokeless fuels.
Assuming you are a responsible stove owner with a HETAS certificate and using only fully-seasoned approved fuels, then you will not be affected by the new regulations as it will only concern stoves manufactured (and subsequently, purchased) after 1st January 2022.
You may wish to consider improving your existing stove with the installation of an electrostatic filter (this pulls the particles from the exhaust fumes before emitting into the atmosphere) and ensuring that you book in a minimum of two chimney sweeps a year.
Will I still be able to purchase fuel for my stove?
Yes. However, from early 2021, the sale of wet wood and coal will have been gradually phased out. You will no longer be able to use these fuels for domestic combustion. Coal and wet wood are two of the most polluting fuels – by restricting home use the government hopes to lower air pollution. The plan is that all wood sold for domestic use in volumes of less than 2 cubic metres must have a moisture content of less than 20% by February 2021. Sales of bagged house coal will be phased out by February 2021 and the sale of loose house coal delivered direct to the customer will end by 2023. All manufactured solid fuel will have a 2% maximum sulpher limit and a smoke emission limit of 5g per hour.
We always recommend burning kiln-dried hardwood or properly seasoned hardwood that has had two to three years of drying time. You can of course still gather your own unseasoned wood, but must ensure it has had time to season and again has a moisture content of no more than 20% before burning.
Why should you consider an EcoDesign 2022 Ready stove if you’re looking to install or replace a stove?
What can be better than making a difference now and start personally contributing to a proposed reduction in UK carbon emissions by two million tonnes per year? By purchasing an Eco Design Ready stove, you unlock the full potential of a modern, highly-efficient wood burner with up to 84% less particulate emissions than older stove models (SIA research). You cut fuel costs and reduce your carbon footprint on the planet too whilst continuing to enjoy all the benefits you love from your wood burning stove. You can even dispose of your old stove responsibly through the nationwide Stove Scrappage Scheme.
You can read more about what Eco Design Ready means here