Information about the air quality impacts of wood burning stoves and appliances.
There is a health problem in the UK which affects us all. Air pollution can come from a number of sources such as vehicle engines, construction, agriculture and roads (dust from passing traffic). Less well known is the pollution that comes from heating appliances including woodburning stoves and open fires.
Air quality is a national problem and affects rural communities as well as towns and cities.
These sources of pollution create tiny particles in the air. Some are so small that they can pass easily in to our homes and workplaces. They enter our lungs and can cause health problems.
If you use a woodburning stove or open fire there are some simple steps you can take to make a big difference, but only if you understand the problems and what to do about them.
Your local professional chimney sweep can really help you get it right. They know your fire and chimney and understand your fuel. They can answer your questions about how to operate your fi re or stove and how often to use it. They can look at what comes down your chimney and tell you if there is a problem and, most importantly, they can show you how to get it right.
If you are within a Smoke Control Area (see above) then any woodburning appliance has to be an DEFRA exempt appliance and only burn a DEFRA authorised fuel.
DEFRA's Air Quality & Industrial Emissions| Environmental Quality Directorate have produced a leaflet for guidance on the considerate use of woodburning stoves and open fires and how to minimise emissions from the. You can view or download the leaflet below:
We All Breathe the Same Air
Northumberland County Council also provide a leaflet providing advice on smokeless fuels and woodburning appliances which can be viewed / downloaded from:
Regulations Regarding Smokeless Fuels & Wood Burning Appliances