Buying a stove
If you have not yet chosen your stove, ask to see the Eco Design and DEFRA exempt stoves, these are certified as less polluting and so are better for your families health.
Newly designed stoves have an increased efficiency compared to old stoves and open fires. This means that they release less harmful pollution but also produce more heat from your fuel, saving you money!
Before you purchase a new stove
Stove scrappage scheme’s are currently available on a store by store basis. Some retailers are offering deals such as £200 or 10% when trading an old stove in for an Ecodesign ready stove.
If a non-competent person fits your stove then the installation must be certified by building control, this can cost you more in total.
There are a number of competent persons schemes but the most popular in this sector is HETAS.
You can even purchase a moisture meter for a small cost to ensure that your wood is dry enough to be burnt.
Smokeless coal and briquettes should be stored some where dry like a garage or outbuilding.
your stove should be serviced annually and chimney swept by a qualified sweep at least once a year.
You can also perform more regular cleaning tasks yourself.
Ecodesign ready stoves
SIA are the Stove Industry Alliance, which includes stove manufacturers and distributors, wood and fuel suppliers, flue and glass manufacturers and industry supporters like HETAS and Kiwa. The SIA have produced a label for current ecodesign ready stoves to help buyers easily make an informed decision.
Using an Ecodesign stove Reduces emissions by 90% compared to an open fire and 80% compared to a 10 year old stove!
They are the most efficient and eco friendly stoves available and even out perform DEFRA approved stoves.
They requires less logs and or fuel for the same heat output and create a better fire— this saves money while releasing less polluting particulate matter.
All stoves that are sold from 1st January 2022 onwards will have to be eco-design ready, get ahead and have the more efficient stove today. See current eco design ready stoves
Basic advice for managing a fire
Consult your appliance manual or a registered chimney sweep for more detailed information on your stove.
Start with small logs, topped with kindling—make sure that all wood is ready to burn at below 20% moisture