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Defra’s Clean Air Strategy

On the 22nd May the Environment Secretary Michael Gove published a Clean Air Strategy which aims to cut air pollution and save lives, backed up through new primary legislation. Here we demystify the strategy and look beyond the misleading headlines. The new strategy, which is now out for consultation, is a key part of Defra’s 25 Year Plan to leave our environment in a better state than we found it. HETAS, Woodsure and The Stove Industry Alliance have all been consulting with Defra for some time now and once again Defra has clarified they are not looking to ban stoves. This draft of the Clean Air Strategy outlines ambitions relating to reducing air pollution in the round, making our air healthier to breathe, protecting nature and boosting the economy. In this draft strategy, they set a clear direction for future air quality policies and goals. The strategy sits alongside three other important UK government strategies: Industrial Strategy, Clean Growth Strategy and the 25 Year Environment Plan. The Clean Air Strategy can be viewed in full by clicking here. There are national emission reduction commitments for overall UK emissions of five damaging air pollutants. These are: fine particulate matter (PM2.5) ammonia (NH3) nitrogen oxides (NOX) sulphur dioxide (SO2) and non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) The announcement highlighted one area of particular concern is burning wood and coal to heat a home which contributes 38%* of UK emissions of damaging particulate matter. Cleaner fuels and stoves produce less smoke, less soot and more heat. In future only the cleanest domestic fuels will be available for sale. The Woodsure Ready to Burn...

Why it’s never too early to think about buying a wood-burning stove

With so many contributing factors to think about, putting your money into a wood burner is a great investment, but a decision you’ll want to take time to consider first. From different style options to budget requirements and fuel preparation, we explore some of the key reasons why now is the perfect time to start planning for your purchase in 2018. Read on for some top tips and handy hints on how to make the most of the coming months before investing in your very own Arada stove. Consider your heating requirements An important part of the purchasing process is first deciding which type of burner best suits your home; whether you’re after an inset, freestanding or cassette stove, you’ll initially need to determine where in the house it will be situated, and the size of the space it will be occupying. That way, you’ll have a better idea of the amount of heat you’ll need to warm your home comfortably and efficiently. Think about your interiors Owning a stove isn’t just about staying warm and keeping cosy in winter; it’s to do with complementing your existing décor choices too. Arada’s range of stoves, log stores and accessories are available in a wide selection of colours to match your home, so if you fancy Sky Blue, Shimmering Rose, Metallic Brown or Devon Cream, you’ll be spoiled for choice when pairing your burner with your interior tone and mood. Prepare your fuel Just because you’re not likely to use your stove quite as much during the warmer months, that doesn’t mean you can’t start stocking up on your fuel! In...

How to burn wood efficiently

We’ve put together some top tips on how to burn wood efficiently this winter. It is important to start thinking about getting your wood burning stoves ready and stocking up on wood for the coming months. We have put together some tips on how to burn wood efficiently, and how to get the most out of your wood burner over the winter months. Should I get Kiln dried or Seasoned logs? Firstly, it is important to prepare for the cold by sourcing wood that has been properly seasoned. This is an important step, as the moisture content needs to be under 20% to ensure a clean, efficient burn. Clean burning will be obvious, as the firebox will be bright and clean, clean door glass and no build-up of black tars in the stove or chimney. Kiln dried logs are much more convenient to obtain and can be used immediately. Freshly cut logs will need to be correctly stored and seasoned before use which can take up to 2 years. Seasoned logs will be easier to light and provide maximum heat output. When buying logs, always make sure you get a Woodsure and/or HETAS quality assurance certification for guaranteed quality. How often do I need to clean my wood burner? Once the logs have been bought, it’s important to have your chimney swept and your stove serviced before you start burning any wood. The chimney should be cleaned by a professional chimney sweep and on average, may need sweeping once or twice per year depending on use. The stove should be cleaned and serviced as detailed in the user instructions,...