New laws on wood fuel coming into force this spring are designed to reduce pollution, but they could also help us build the perfect roaring log fire
It’s not easy being confined to the house at this time of year, yet a roaring fire in the corner of the living room not only floods your home with warmth, it’s a cheery sight and can lift everyone’s mood.
Almost a third of us in the UK have an open fire or log burner, but many of us don’t give a second thought to the logs we buy. Knowing what type of wood to burn is key to creating the perfect ambience as well as ensuring the fire burns safely and efficiently without smoking.
There is an easy way to find the safest and most efficient fuel by looking for the label, Ready to Burn, which means the wood has been certified as suitable for immediate use, with no need for the wood to be dried out before burning. Woodfuel with this certification produces less smoke and reduces pollution because it’s proven to have a lower moisture content of up to 20 percent.
The Ready to Burn certification scheme is backed by the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to support new regulations on air quality which come into force in England on 1st May 2021.
This new law restricts the sale of wet wood sold in volumes under 2m3 (i.e. two dumpy bags) and makes it easier for consumers to identify the right fuel.
To find a credited supplier visit www.readytoburn.org