The experts at Topstak in the Vale of Glamorgan answer your questions about the clean air regulations that come into force in 2022.
Frequently asked questions.
Q: I have had a wood burning stove for many years – will I have to change it?
No, all stoves that are already installed will continue to be legal, as will any stoves sold between now and the date when the new laws come into force.
Q: Do the new regulations mean that I can no longer buy a wood burning stove?
No, you can still buy a wood burning stove, such as the Eco Ready models we stock at Topstak. Although you won’t legally be required to buy an Eco Ready stove until 2022, you can be one step ahead of the regulations, if you choose, by buying Eco Ready Models.
Q: Are the new Eco Ready stoves very expensive?
The price of the legislation compliant stoves is comparable to any other high calibre stove. We always advise our customers to buy quality stoves, as they perform so much better, giving out more heat with less fuel – and saving you money ultimately. They are also less likely to smoke up and block your view of the flames through the glass.
Q: I would like to help the environment as much as I can. Apart from buying a more eco-friendly stove, what else can I do?
Buy kiln-dried wood and kindling. The higher the moisture content in the wood, the more emissions are released. Also, wet wood smokes up the glass in your stove, so you can’t see the fire. Avoid buying wood if it’s not from a reputable source, apart from the moisture content, it might contain preservatives and additives that are bad for you, and bad for the environment, and these toxins will be released as the wood burns.
Q: What is the situation with a multi-fuel stove – will I still be able to burn coal?
It looks like the sale of bituminous coal could be banned, but the sale of smokeless fuel will continue. However, no final decision has been made.
Further information about wood burning stoves and industry certified kiln-dried wood is available from Topstak.
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