The Clean Air Strategy 2019 suggested that future legislation would affect the sale of solid fuels, this has now been confirmed by the government.
The changes to cover England have been decided as:
- Coal – sales of bagged house coal will be phased out by February 2021 and the sale of loose house coal direct to customers will end by 2023.
- Wood – Wet wood will only be able to be sold in units larger than 2m3 and with advice on how to correctly season it by February 2021.
These new rules do not ban solid fuel burning stoves. Clean fuels such as anthracite and seasoned or kiln dried wood will still be available for sale across the England at all usual outlets.