Ready to Burn – what consumers need to know


Ready to Burn wood means it’s been certified for immediate use so you can get the fire going as soon as you get it home. It also burns better as it has a moisture content of up to 20%, so it burns with less smoke than wetter wood. In turn this helps reduce pollution and improve air quality.   

Ready to Burn Scheme

If lighting a woodburner is an occasional cosy treat or your main source of heating, now is the time to get familiar with the Ready to Burn scheme. We want you to prepare for the new laws that come into force in England in May 2021. You can already stock up on Ready to Burn firewood, search here for your local supplier.

This scheme is backed by the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in support of The Air Quality Regulations 2020 (England). This new law will ban the sale of the most polluting fuels; wet wood and house coal. It will be mandatory to use small quantities of wood that’s certified as Ready to Burn. For larger quantities the wood will require proper seasoning and checking with a moisture meter.

Ready to Burn wood is certified by Woodsure, a trusted non-profit organisation. Their independent experts work alongside other national bodies, including industry and government representatives. In addition to retailers, installers and sweeps to promote the benefits of quality wood.  

Manufactured solid fuel

The new law will also see changes to the sale of manufactured solid fuels. These fuels will need to meet certain standards to be listed as Ready to Burn from 1 May 2021. A “manufactured solid fuel” means a fuel produced from coal, wood, plant-derived materials, waxes or petroleum products with other ingredients. For the purpose of burning in domestic properties in England. 

HETAS, the non-profit organisation supporting cleaner and safer choices for the use of biomass and other solid fuels, appliances and associated technologies, has been appointed by DEFRA to run its Ready to Burn certification scheme for manufactured solid fuels

Expect to see bags of manufactured solid fuel labelled as Ready to Burn available very soon. 

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