Indoor Air Quality Guidance and Solid Fuel Stoves and Fires

Indoor Air Quality Guidance and Solid Fuel Stoves and Fires

Following the correct steps when using your wood burning stove is important to ensure it burns efficiently and with minimum emissions. This will minimise any impact from your stove on both indoor and outdoor air quality.

Follow the simple steps below to ensure your stove burns with high efficiency and low emissions.

  • Burn dry wood containing between 14-20% moisture for optimum burning and minimal emissions.
  • When lighting your stove, use the top down method to ensure the flue begins to draw immediately. This lighting method will also ensure your stove reaches optimum efficiency as fast as possible.
  • Keep the stove door closed. When the stove is closed, products of combustion exit through the chimney.
  • When refuelling, open the door carefully to allow pressure to equalise and keep door opening time to a minimum.
  • Ensure the stove is sized correctly for the environment. A 5kW stove run at 2kW will not burn at required optimum clean burn temperatures. Your local retailer will conduct a site survey to ensure your Stovax stove is the right output for your home.
  • Use an Ecodesign Ready stove or cassette fire. Our range of Ecodesign stoves and fires are designed to burn with high efficiency and low emissions and meet future air quality standards.
  • Always make sure that you are complying with any DEFRA smoke regulations in your area. To burn logs in smoke control zones such as towns or cities, your stove or cassette fire must be DEFRA exempt.
    Almost every Stovax Ecodesign stove and fire is also DEFRA exempt, but check with your local retailer if you are unsure. If you have a wood burning or multi-fuel stove that is not DEFRA exempt, or wish to burn fuel on an open fire, you must only burn authorised smokeless mineral fuels.
  • Fit an Audible Carbon Monoxide Alarm. HETAS recommend that a CO alarm is installed in your house for both new and existing installations of wood burning stoves.

Other ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality

Anecdotal studies suggest that there are many potential sources of indoor pollution that have a much greater impact on your home’s air quality than your wood burning stove.
Cooking, toasters, cleaning products and ‘room fragrancers’ all emit fine particles which significantly degrade air quality.
Make sure you clean regularly to minimise dust building up, particularly if you have pets. Use an extractor fan when cooking to remove cooking odours from your home. Always open windows to adequately ventilate your property when spraying cleaning products or painting, and keep the use of room fragrances, like scented candles, to a minimum.

Caring for our environment, both outside and in

Caring for our environment is at the heart of everything we do. As a leading manufacturer of innovative heating products, we were among the first to develop Ecodesign Ready wood burning and multi-fuel stoves and fires seven years ahead of proposed 2022 Ecodesign air quality standards. We are proud to offer the UK and Ireland’s largest range of Ecodesign Ready appliances.
Thanks to their high efficiency and low emissions, these environmentally designed solid fuel products require less logs than open fires and non-Ecodesign stoves. They have also been independently tested to verify they produce around 90% less emissions than an open fire and around 80% less emissions than an older non-Ecodesign stove, making them the right choice for your home.