Buy ‘Ready to Burn’ fuel
If you want to burn immediately look for this logo as a guarantee of good quality dry wood.
Season freshly chopped wood before burning
Wet or unseasoned wood, often sold in nets, is cheaper to buy, but it needs to be seasoned (dried) before burning. Wet wood contains moisture which creates smoke and harmful particulates when burned. This can damage your stove and chimney. It also means you’re losing out on heat for your home.
If you use house coal, use approved smokeless fuels instead
These produce less carbon and smoke compared to house coal when burned. They also provide more heat, so cost less money to heat your home.
DO NOT burn treated waste wood (eg old furniture)
or household rubbish
Treated waste wood can emit harmful fumes and household rubbish may include plastics that can release toxic pollutants, such as arsenic, into your home when burnt.
Regularly maintain and service your stove (eg annually)
This means it will work better and will generate more heat from what you burn. Always operate your stove in line with the manufacturer’s guidance and only burn permitted fuels.
Get your chimney swept regularly (up to twice a year)
During use particulates build up in the chimney reducing the efficiency and increasing the risk of chimney fires. It is better to use a qualified chimney sweep who will be able to advise you on good burning practices for your open fire or stove.
The ready to burn certification
The “Ready to Burn” label shows logs are ready for use as wood fuel. These logs burn more efficiently than unseasoned, green wood and reduce environmental impact.
Ready to Burn firewood has a moisture content less or equal to 20%; using it in place of wet wood fuel is proven to reduce the levels of emissions in the air we breathe. This is better for your appliance and chimney and reduces maintenance and fuel costs.
Why Dry, Clean Wood??
- Dry, Ready to Burn wood/logs & briquettes
make any appliance more efficient.
- Burning dry wood instead of wet wood
is part of the solution to reducing the
impact on our environment.
- Burning wet wood increases emissions
and has a greater impact on air quality.
- Any appliance and chimney system will
suffer from smoke produced from wet
- Burning waste and treated wood (e.g.
old furniture) can emit harmful fumes.
wood, which increases maintenance and
repair requirements, making it harder for
chimney sweeps to keep systems in
safe, effective condition.
The official Ready to Burn site lists further benefits of switching to Ready to Burn wood fuel products. Ready to Burn is a Woodsure scheme which has a list of wood fuel producers who have achieved Ready to Burn status:
HETAS and DEFRA support the Ready to Burn Scheme.