What are the new Wood-Burning stove regulations?:

The government has recently announced in the Environmental Improvement Plan 2023, that it is NOT considering a ban on domestic burning in the UK. This is reassuring news for households that rely on solid fuel burning either as their primary heat source or as a valuable, low-carbon, energy grid-independent, and cost-effective secondary heating source. The government have introduced tougher measures on open fireplaces and old non-compliant woodburning stoves.

In summary, the plan reiterates the importance of using a modern eco-design ready appliance, with a good installation, and good authorised fuel.

Check out our top tips below for choosing the right stove:

1.Choose an Eco-Design Ready stove :  If you currently use an open fire or an older, very basic wood burning stove consider upgrading. A modern Ecodesign compliant wood burning stove, such as a clearSkies model, releases up to 90% less emissions than an open fire and can be up to 80% less than some older stoves

2. DEFRA: If you live in a smoke controlled area your stove will also need to be Defra exempt. All clearSkies Level 3 and above models are certified as Defra exempt.

3.Safety: Ensure your stove if fitted and maintained by an appropriately qualifed person, all our our engineers are HETAS registered.

4.Quality: Ensure you burn good quality wood. Look for the ready to burn logo, and invest in a moisture meter to ensure you are burning the right wood.

5.Maintenance: Have your chimeny swept at least once a year. We provide a chimney sweep service!

For further information please feel free to contact us or if your would like to see our range of wood burning stoves.

What are the new Wood Burning Stove Regulations?

Across the UK over 1 million of us settle in on a cold winter’s evening in front of a wood burning stove, and the numbers are increasing due to its continued popularity over the last decade. This may however be under threat, particularly for our customers in London and the surrounding issues as the government has outlined its new strategy in early 2018 to clean up its air pollution problem.

This should not put off any potential customers as the Government plans to ban the sale of stoves after 2022 which do not meet the new environmental standards. For those of us who already own a wood burning stove which aren’t as environmentally friendly (10 years old and over) the persuasive message is to upgrade your stove and avoid burning low quality fuels. “The message we’re putting out, with the the Government, is burn the right wood on the right appliance,” says Dennis Milligan, from the Stove Industry Alliance. “Then, there’ll be a progressive improvement in emissions.”

What things should you therefore consider when purchasing/upgrading a wood burning stove:

  1. What type of stove should I buy?  

Most stoves supplied by manufacturers should be DEFRA approved meaning that they can be used in a Smoke Controlled Area. Furthermore many of the latest stoves to be released will be approved by the SIA and are therefore Eco Design Ready meaning that they can reduce particulate emissions by 90%. Most importantly, new EU laws coming into force in 2022 mean that stoves will need to be at least 80% efficient. (Read more: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/wood-burning-stoves/article/buying-a-log-burner-or-multi-fuel-stove/how-to-buy-a-log-burner-or-multi-fuel-stove – Which?)

       2. What type of fuel should I burn?

We would always advise our customers to be aware of any burning restrictions in your area as outlined by local authorities before you buy. DEFRA and the Mayor of London have also supported the partnership between the SIA and Woodsure who have launched a ‘Ready to Burn’ wood which has been kiln dried and contains a moisture content below 20% and will therefore burn more effectively and efficiently given you a warmer and longer lasting fire. Additionally the use of smokeless coal and E-coal produces 30% more heat, emits 5 times less smoke and 25% less carbon than normal house coal.


Installing ‘hole in the wall’ Electric Fires

Hole in the wall electric fires are a fantastic addition to any living room, specifically for those of us who don’t have a working chimney, a gas point which is accessible in the property or if you simply want to create a minimalist look in your living room. Over the last number of years manufacturers have therefore invested significant amounts of time and money into developing their electric fire range as traditionally their design and function was extremely poor quality putting many of us (myself included) off purchasing one.

Currently however we have leading manufacturers such as Gazco with its new Skope range which incorporates undulating flame visuals on a bed of realistic coals and logs combined with the very latest LED technology allowing you to choose from an array of colours to set the perfect ambience. Then we have Dimplex with its fantastic new range of Opti-myst fires which present a heart warming illusion with authentic flame with fine water mist creating a smoke effect.  Another leading example is the Evonic E-Series which also makes full use of the latest LED technology and log effect fuel bed. Like the Skope range it also comes in an array of designs and sizes including a double sided fire.

This is a far cry from the days of old as the Thermostatically Programmable Remote Controls’s stunning visuals are truly fantastic in these contemporary models however there are some drawbacks which must be considered before you rush out to put down a deposit.

The most important factor to consider is that hole in the wall electric fires are primarily designed to fit into a false chimney breast, as you will see in many of the glossy magazines. The reason for this is that the engine of the electric fire is generally much larger than the visual screen that you are left with at the end. This has contributed to many a grey hair on our installers as with a frame-less option it is much easier to plaster board up to the edge of the frame rather than attempt to plaster onto a metal unit (If anyone knows how to do this please do share!). This may seem insignificant however many our our customers here are Rigby’s are aware of the fact’s before they enquire and we never want to see a customer disappointed in their quest for the stunning centrepiece they desire.

Nevertheless, the options available today are enormous in comparison to those even within the last decade hence the reason for their surge in popularity. If you would like to find out more information please don’t hesitate to contact us or have a look at our range of ‘hole in the wall’ electric fires on offer.