Open fires and wood-burning stoves

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Open fires and wood-burning stoves

The use of open fires and wood-burning stoves has risen in popularity over recent years.

This increase means that we are seeing more emissions of fine particulate matter (PM) from biomass burning and a subsequent increase in air pollution. 

Domestic wood and coal burning are now the single largest contributors to our harmful PM emissions comprising almost 40% in 2015. This compares to emissions from industrial combustion (17%) and road transport (13%).  The  tiny particles in smoke can cause a range of health impacts, including breathing problems, exacerbating asthma symptoms and other health conditions such as heart disease.

DEFRA has produced pdf icon Open fires and wood-burning stoves - a practical guide [218kb].

We would also like to draw your attention to a further information guide pdf icon We all breathe the same air [1Mb].  This has been produced by chimney sweeps and provides clear advice on the procedures to follow when lighting a stove to minimise smoke emissions. 

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