Ecodesign, for wood burning and multi-fuel stoves, is a European-wide programme to lower emissions. It is due to come into force in the UK on 1st January 2022.
Dean Forge have always strived to manufacture high efficiency stoves and once the new low emission standard was published Dean Forge worked tirelessly and at great expense to meet the new requirement. Dean Forge have been manufacturing stoves since 2019 that meet the lower emissions limits.
Within the Clean Air Strategy 2019 the UK government set a number of actions to help reduce emissions. The actions include ensuring that only the cleanest stoves are available for sale by 2022 and legislation to prohibit the sale of the most polluting fuels.
Dean Forge recommends that only logs with a moisture content below 20% should be used in a wood burning stove. In fact, in February 2020 the government introduced new legislation that was to see the sale of wet wood (i.e. wood with a moisture content higher than 20%) in volumes under 2 cubic metres phased out altogether by 2021.
Freshly cut wood can have a water content between 60% and 80% and, if used in a stove, will amount to burning mainly water producing little heat and a high amount of harmful emissions. Freshly felled timber should be cut and split into small logs and left to dry in a covered but airy store, before being used. This can take between 12 and 36 months depending on the storage conditions and most importantly species. For example, ash may only need 12 months but oak at least 36 months. This is known as seasoning.
The Woodsure/Ready to Burn scheme ensures that logs purchased under this banner is a reliable wood fuel that fulfils manufacturer specifications and burns with optimum efficiency, without the risk of damage to your appliance. Dean Forge are members of this scheme and are suppliers of kiln dried logs in bulk crates or in nets.
Dean Forge, Dean Prior, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 OLS
Tel: 01392 348335