Clean Air Day Response
Clean Air Day 2024
There has been some bad press in the last week by the Clean Air campaign who are leading people to believe that wood burners may soon be banned. This is not the case, especially if you are thinking of purchasing a new ECO-compliant stove.
Clean Air day is about reducing the use of vehicles to reduce emissions; switching over to greener sources of energy; planting trees and creating green spaces in order to improve air quality and through this the health of the nation.
The claims made by the London Wood Burning Project and cleanairhub.org.uk this week, that domestic burning makes up 27% of PM2.5 emissions relies on the grouping of all methods of burning wood (thus including garden and allotment bonfires , chimineas, barbecues, pizza ovens & firepits) inside and outside the home, campsites and holiday venues.
However, the actual PM (particulate matter) contribution into the air of modern wood-burning stoves is estimated by the UK government's official figures at just 1-2%. Modern Ecodesign compliant stoves produce 90% less particulate emissions than a traditional old-fashioned open fire which burn very inefficiently. 70% of wood burnt in London is done so on open fires, this an offence in smoke control areas due to the dirty air created by the inefficient burning of fuels.
Additionally, data from the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) shows us that burning seasoned (dry) wood on an EcoDesign compliant stove accounted for less than 0.1% of total UK PM2.5 emissions in 2021.
A Manchester University study conducted in the same year found that candles, incense, and hairspray all gave higher PM readings than the use of a modern Eco-compliant log burner. The worst offender when considering indoor air quality is the cooking of a fried breakfast, which gave PM readings over 20 times higher than the WHO recommended limit.
Cigarette smokers create 12 times as much PM2.5 annually as Ecodesign stoves burning dry wood and bonfire night alone in the UK generates 18 times the amount of PM2.5 emissions as all the Ecodesign stoves burning dry wood do all year round.
Thus you can use your wood burner and still support Clean Air Day but do make sure that;
a) your fuel is from a quality supplier and wood is seasoned and
low in moisture (use a moisture meter if you are unsure)
b) you burn the stove in the optimum range (not too high/ not to low),
a stove pipe thermometer can help you with this.
c) you leave the air open overnight so that the stove does not slumber
(burn at a very low temperature creating lots of soot and particulate matter)
And when burning outside, consider whether it is really necessary and if so, make sure you burn it hot and definitely do not burn household rubbish or wet leaves, branches etc, that's what the brown bin is for.
If you would like a quote for the fitting of a woodburner or the upgrading of your current logburner,
please send us an email to email@example.com
To buy a moisture meter or stove thermometer visit our online shop https://gtdstore.company.site/
Alternatively book a sweep at chimneysweep.info and have one delivered at the same time
This price is for fitting into a fireplace that does not need any preparation work to make the fireplace big enough for the stove and is dependent on you having a chimney flue from the fireplace to the chimney pot at the top of the stack. It also assumes that your existing hearth is big enough to still meet building regulations once the log burner is fitted.
If you are not sure where your hearth is, take a look at our video to explain
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