Posted May 13, 2021 by DIY Doctor, We hope we don’t need to think about fires much longer this year, but did you know that laws have changed regarding wood burning? In England new restrictions on burning coal and wood mean anyone with a stove or open fire must burn cleaner alternatives. These forms of heating create small pollution particles that can enter the bloodstream to settle in the body’s organs, and are now the largest source of these particles most harmful to health in the UK. You can read more about government data here. Suppliers can sell wood fuel in quantities of less than 2 cubic meters if it is certified “ready to burn”. This confirms that its moisture content is 20% or less. This applies to firewood and wood briquettes. Suppliers must sell in volumes greater than 2 million cubes of wet wood, also called green wood or unmarked wood, with advice on how to dry it before burning, and buyers should follow these instructions or risk fines. Solid fuel manufacturers need to prove that their products contain It is very low in sulfur and emits only a small amount of smoke. It burns, generating more smoke and harmful particles of air pollution (PM2.5) than dry wood, and wet wood can damage more chimneys by letting tar and soot build up. Moisture content of 20% or less. If sold in smaller quantities (less than 2 million cubic meters), it must display the ready-to-burn logo, certification number, and supplier or manufacturer details to comply with the new regulations. Fines to Sellers If you sell logs and firewood, you may be fined if: You sell unauthorized fuel You have stored fuel with a moisture content of more than 20% The fuel does not have a ‘ready to burn’ logo or is not properly labeled Fines involve a fine of £ 300 issued by the local authority or even more than £ 300 depending on the severity of the offense issued by the courts. These regulations do not currently cover Wales or Scotland, but they are also considering similar changes to the law. Regulations for “smokeless” coal and fuels All suppliers and distributors Retailers and retailers can continue to sell “smokeless” fuels: steam coal, half anthracite, volatile coal, and only registered charcoal dealers who are members of the Certified Coal Merchant Scheme can legally sell conventional materials. Neal House Charcoal (also known as briquette) in England from May 1, 2021 until April 30, 2023. Sales of traditional household charcoal for domestic use will be illegal in England from May 1, 2023. Bags are not sealed directly to the customer. It is now illegal to sell bagged charcoal. Traditional household charcoal has not been approved for use in smoke-controlled areas in England unless it is used in appropriate exempt devices, and this marks the latest step in the government’s clean air strategy, says Environment Minister Rebecca Pau. Burning cleaner fuels is a more efficient option for households across England, helping to reduce our exposure to this incredibly harmful pollutant and benefiting the environment. Air is especially harmful to people with lung diseases such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and it can put them at risk of developing potentially life-threatening asthma attacks or irritation, and other lung experts believe it is only a matter of time before all wood stoves are banned. And other fires in residential areas.