Are Wood Burning Stoves being banned?

Defra published its Clean Air Strategy in 2019. Stove owners and those thinking of buying a new stove can be assured that the government is not seeking to ban wood burning stoves. Instead it wants to ensure that consumers use the most efficient and least polluting stoves and the cleanest fuel.

The Clean Air Strategy recognises that all wood burning is not the same and that reductions in particulate emissions (PM) can be achieved through the installation Ecodesign stoves burning Ready to Burn logs that have a moisture content below 20%.

The government has also recognised that maintenance, chimney sweeping and the way in which householders operate the stove have a significant part to play in the reduction of emissions.

Defra is working closely with the industry to educate consumers on how to burn the right fuel in the right appliance, in order to reduce emissions.