Wet Firewood Ban
Ban On Burning Wet Firewood
Owners of wood burners, stoves and open fires will no longer be able to purchase bagged traditional house coal and wet wood. On the 21st February 2020 DEFRA confirmed that fuel sources of this type will be phased out by the end of this month; a decision made as part of the government’s 2019 Clean Air Strategy to reduce harmful pollution associated with burning wet wood.
As long established suppliers of quality assured kiln dried firewood, White Horse Energy welcomes this change as it not only confirms that dry wood is a more efficient burn but also a cleaner, less harmful alternative.
Why the Ban?
According to the Clean Air Strategy 2019, air pollution is the top environmental risk to human health in the UK. Burning wet- or unseasoned- wood creates more smoke pollutants known as PM2.5 which are harmful to the body’s lungs and heart and can lead to serious health problems.
Recent advice has claimed that when burned, wet wood releases four times the amount of PM2.5 particles that firewood with a moisture content of under 20% releases. In a bid to reduce air pollutants, the government are therefore encouraging people to move to cleaner alternatives.
What Does This Mean For Owners of Wood Burners, Stoves and Open Fires?
The popularity in wood burning stoves looks only to increase in the UK, providing a source of heat but also a cosy atmosphere in houses across the country. However, in using certain fuels, this also means that they have the potential to be the biggest source of air pollution.
This is not a ban on the use of wood burning stoves, but a ban on inefficient, harmful wet wood fuel sources. “Wet wood” is defined as firewood with a moisture content of 20% or more.
The main changes in the sale of firewood is as follows:
- By February 2021 sales of wet wood (less than 2m cube) will be phased out.
- Wet wood in volumes greater than 2m cube can be sold, on the condition that the customer is given detailed advice on how to dry it before burning
Why is White Horse Energy Ready to Burn a Better Alternative?
White Horse Energy have always been suppliers of fire wood which is accredited by Woodsure. The Ready to Burn certification confirms that the moisture content is below 20%
- Modern stoves designed to burn dry wood
- It contains moisture which, when burned, creates more smoke and harmful particles of air pollution (PM2.5) than dry wood.
- Wet wood can also damage chimneys much more, by allowing tar and soot to build up.
- Learn more about the Ready To Burn scheme here
Dry wood produces more heat than wet wood. This is because the energy that would otherwise be released into your living room is instead being used to evaporate the water contained in the log. This means that if you reduce the water content of your log by half, you nearly double the amount of heat produced by the log. As the price difference between wet and dry wood is typically small, our kiln dried wood therefore represents great value for money.
Better for your Flue and Stove
Burning wood in your fireplace results in deposits of tar and creosote forming in your chimney (hence why one needs to regularly have their chimney swept). Burning kiln dried logs results in less water vapour being emitted up the chimney (it’s the water vapour that contains the tar and creosote) as well as a much higher temperature in the flue and stove. It’s only at less than 50 degrees (typically) that these deposits form. So burning kiln dried wood should ensure that the glass on your stove stays clear, and that your flue is less at a risk of building up a dangerous level of deposits (although you still need to ensure your chimney is swept regularly!
There’s nothing quite as frustrating as furiously fanning a spluttering fire only to be rewarded with a dismally smoking fire that produces next to no heat. Kiln dried wood catches fire quickly, and rewards you with bright pleasant warming flames almost from the start. If you combine this with our beautifully packed crates and our really rather fast delivery (second working day as standard) placing an order for kiln dried logs with us should be a revelation!
If you have only ever had a log delivery like this one - you're in for a big treat! ‘Loose’ wood deliveries look large, however they require a lot of clearing up and often you receive much less wood than you actually realise. Our kiln dried wood is neatly stacked in a crate – we believe in delivering wood not fresh air!