The environmental impact of wood-burning stoves has been a much-debated topic in recent months and the governments recently published Environmental Improvement Plan has confirmed that domestic burning (including wood and multi fuel stoves) will not be banned.
As a leading biomass and solid fuel heating organisation, HETAS support cleaner and safer choices in reducing the impact wood burning has on air quality – especially while solid fuel remains a vital heating solution for countless households in reducing their energy costs. This month The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Public Attitudes Tracker for winter 2022 that looks at Heat and Energy in the Home, identified a shift in behaviour from the traditional method of heating a larger space to targeting smaller spaces, with an increase in those choosing solid fuel
If you use a solid fuel appliance it’s important to ensure you are using an appropriate fuel for your stove. Unwanted pallets that are no longer in use can be a great source of recycled wood for your home DIY projects. We are occasionally asked if pallets are suitable for burning in your stove. Here’s our take on burning different types of wood such as pallets.
It is always worth checking the manufacturer’s instructions on what fuels are the most appropriate for your stove. HETAS would always recommend you burn the best fuel available to you, choosing fuels that have been tested and certified. Don’t be tempted to burn scrap wood i.e. old fence panels, pallets, etc; these may have been treated with wood preserver when they were made, which can give off harmful fumes when burnt in any kind of volume.
Some wood pallets are treated with chemicals when manufactured, which can be toxic if burnt. Check for marks or stamps on the long sides of the pallet. Markings to look out for include MB, which means the pallet wood has been treated with Methyl Bromide. This is harmful to humans and the pallets can release toxic fumes if used as firewood. Pallets will also contain nails which shouldn’t be finding their way into your stove.