The clean air act ... Don`t panic!
Once again, the newspapers are misleading people regarding woodburning stoves. Please don’t panic and decide not to have one.
The clean air act is being introduced next year and this actually benefits everybody around the planet!
It means that farmers and factories amongst many other industries have to ensure that anything they put into the air is of a safe standard so that as a planet, we have less pollution.
What this means to you is simply that the people that provide your fuel have got to book their ideas up and make sure that it is dry and safe to burn.
It also means that manufacturers of wood burning stoves have had to re-assess the efficiency of their designs and ensure that they are working for the consumer at the best rate. If you are buying a brand-new stove then you will notice the words SIA approved on their description.
This means that they conform to the new legislation. If you are buying a new stove, it is a good idea to look for it being SIA approved. It will not only benefit the planet but will benefit your pocket as it will be more efficient for you in the long run and your fuel consumption.
If you already have a pre-existing wood burning stove, don’t worry. You can keep your stove and no legislation will affect you other than the fact that fuel manufacturers have to ensure their fuel is efficient.
For many reasons, the clean air act is a brilliant thing. Brilliant for the planet and brilliant for the consumer. Many of us in the solid fuel heating trade often wonder if this negative spin on things is linked to the fact that currently fuel that you burn in a wood burner is not taxable by the government. There are allsorts of theories about this that you can look into.
In the meantime, please ignore the negative headlines as it really has no affect on you,a potential woodburning stove customer, or an existing wood burning stove customer.
If you would like extra reassurance, please have a look at the HETAS website and their response to the negative press.
Articles, news and advice from Morleys of Nottingham Stoves.