Woodburning Stoves and the Environment
Eco Design & Regulations
As the popularity of woodburning stoves grows, its ever more important to ensure our environment is not affected. While burning wood is considered carbon neutral, it is essential the stoves we’re burning our wood on are as energy efficiency as possible to prevent unnecessary smoke entering our atmosphere.
ECO design is the European-wide programme to reduce emissions created from woodburning and multifuel stoves. This new initiative is due to come into force for stoves in the UK in 2022 in order to reduce smoke entering our air. SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves meet the ECO design requirements and Ignite are proud to say we ONLY provide stoves that pass the ECO design standards.
Burning wood produces smoke and particulate matter. Independent research has shown that SIA Ecodesign ready stoves can reduce particulate emissions by 90% compared to an open fire and 80% compared to an old stove as detailed in the graphic.
How is this done?
As the fuel is burnt on the stove, the waste gases ordinarily are sent up the flue and out into the air outside. SIA Ecodesign ready stoves inject additional air into the stove before the waste gases enter the flue which re-ignites the waste gases. This provides greater heat and improves efficiency of the stove while reducing the particulate matter of the smoke entering the flue.
Sadiq Khan, (the London Mayor) who previously made negative comments regarding the apparent detrimental effect woodburning stoves and open fires are having in London has gone on record to fully support the SIA Eco design initiative.
For more information, visit the SIA official website.
As a further initiative, it is now legal requirement for the manufactures to provide an energy performance certificate (EPC) to ensure customers are aware of the efficiency rating of their new stoves. All our stoves now carry this EPC rating.
As a new UK directive, Clearskies has been introduced to clearly identify the differentiation between the cleanest stoves and those that meet the minimum requirements of the ECODesign standards. This means that by choosing a stove that meets Level 5 of the Clearskies mark, you’re purchasing the cleanest stove money can buy! As we’re all more environmentally aware, the Clearskies mark is a great step forward.
By choosing Ignite+ to supply and install your new stove, you can be assured your new stove will reach the new ClearSkies rating and most of our stoves are rated at the highest Clearskies 5 level. Read more about the ClearSkies initiative
With gas prices continuing to rise and the increased pressure on the national grid, many people rely on alternative energy sources like wood burning stoves and open fires to heat their homes.
With many stoves installed 10-20 years ago, so many of these stoves are now outdated, inefficient and very polluting. Open fires are not only dirty and high maintenance but are up to 90 times more polluting than a modern ClearSkies wood burning stove.
Our mission is to continue to replace old polluting stoves and open fires with modern, cleaner burning stoves. By doing this, people who rely on their stoves can not only benefit from burning much less fuel but will be producing significantly less pollution.
We’re all so much more aware of our environmental impact and we see modern ClearSkies stoves a major step forward in the challenge to reduce pollution and global warming.
What else can we do?
Of course, it’s not all about ensuring our customers are supplied with the cleanest stoves on the market. It’s absolutely crucial your stove is used correctly to ensure you’re getting maximum efficiency and producing as little pollution as possible. The higher the efficiency you are achieving from using the stove correctly with the correct fuel, the less heat and waste gases escapes up the flue. This results in more heat in your room and less pollution.
As a small independent company, our reputation relies on us providing great service and products. Not only do we guide you on the most environmentally friendly stoves we can source but we also ensure you’re totally knowledgable on the use of the stove along with the purchase and storage of logs from sustainable sources where trees are constantly replenished. Therefore, following installation, we provide a follow up home visit to allow us to fully demonstrate your stove. During this appointment, we provide details of how to look after your stove, clean it and how to keep it in perfect working condition for years to come.
In addition, we will provide you with details of one of our Woodsure partners. Woodsure is the UK’s only woodfuel quality assurance scheme. Members of the scheme guarantee “ready to burn” fuel and our suppliers use logs from sustainable sources ensuring trees are constantly replenished. Read more about the Woodsure program here
For any enquiries about our stoves or services, please contact us using the form, by email or telephone. We would be pleased to hear from you. Remember our site surveys are completely free of charge and absolutely no obligation to you to buy.
We recommend a home survey initially which we can carry out either via a home visit or via a video call so we can discuss your requirements and get an idea of your design preference and size of stove you need. We'll follow this up with a detailed email quote prior to you visiting our appointment only showroom.
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