Ready to Burn – what is it and where can I find?
Air quality continues to be of significant importance to the solid fuel and biomass industry. HETAS and its sister company Woodsure have been working closely with Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) over recent months, in support of the government’s Clean Air Strategy.
The strategy suggested that the Government will legislate to prohibit the sale of the most polluting fuels; the Ready to Burn scheme has been proposed as a means of achieving this.
The Ready to Burn scheme aims to raise consumer awareness on this matter and promote the benefits of using clean, dry wood fuel that has a moisture content of no more than 20%. All Ready to Burn fuels will be appropriately checked for quality and moisture content and will be able to display the Woodsure Ready to Burn certification mark to allow you as the consumer to spot it easily and make informed choices about the fuel you burn.
Why clean, dry wood?
- It allows your appliance to run more efficiently.
- Using dry, clean wood as opposed to wet, unseasoned wood is part of the solution to reducing the impact on our environment.
- Burning wet wood can increase maintenance and repair requirements, making it harder to keep your appliance and flue systems in safe, effective conditions.
- Treated wood like old furniture, fence panels or MDF can emit harmful fumes.
Q. Is seasoned wood as good as kiln dried?
A. Yes very much so. The key is to ensure that the wood has a moisture content of no more than 20%. Ready to Burn firewood, whether seasoned or kiln dried, will meet this criteria, meaning it is suitable for immediate burning.
Q. Are heat-logs and briquettes ok?
A. Again, yes. Look for the Ready to Burn logo on these products and they will be clean and dry and ready to burn!
Q. Can I burn Ready to Burn firewood in a Smoke Control Area?
So where can I find Ready to Burn fuel?
- Head to the Woodsure website
- Enter your postcode
- Choose ‘Ready to Burn Firewood/Briquettes’ as your fuel type
- Hit search to be presented with a list of accredited suppliers
For more information about Woodsure visit woodsure.co.uk/about-woodsure.