No plans for banning wood burning stoves

One of the area’s leading suppliers and installers of wood burning stoves has highlighted that such stoves will not be banned by the Government, as had been reported by some national media outlets.
Family-run company Shuff and Co, based at Marton, have pointed out that the Clean Air Strategy, published in 2018, which aims to cut air pollution, clearly identifies there is no intention to ban wood burning stoves. Any appliances which are currently fitted will be able to continue to be used as normal.
However, the type which will be available for sale may change. It is most likely they will have to be Defra-exempt appliances.
Shuff and Co Director Darren Cooke explained that stoves in themselves aren’t polluting — it’s the way some people use them.          
He said: “The truth is that very few people are shown how to use a stove, so they rarely burn efficiently until they either ask for help or have their flue swept. Unlike gas or oil wood is a renewable energy source, and when burnt correctly, can be a very efficient way of heating your home.”
Mr Cooke pointed out that while the Government was not planning to ban appliances, a new efficient stove was a smart move purely from a financial point of view. “You’ll get more heat from your fuel and also help reduce emissions into the environment,” he said.            
Cleaner efficient burning is mostly about burning temperature, particularly when burning wood. Small, low temperature long burning fires are bad news for air quality.
Some dos and don’ts with wood burning stoves  
●Bring the stove to operating  temperature quickly and try and keep it there.
● Use dry wood — 20% moisture or less.
● Use manufacturer’s recommended fuels.
● Sweep your chimneys regularly. A professional sweep can give lots of useful extra advice. 
● Store and stack your logs so they are well ventilated.
● Use a thermometer, moisture meter and stove fan to help improve efficiency, save money and reduce pollution.    
● Fit a carbon monoxide alarm. This has nothing to do with how the stove burns, it’s just common sense.
● If you have an older or inefficient stove or one that’s too powerful, consider replacing it with a modern efficient model.
● Don’t close off the air to “slumber” the fuel for long periods or overnight
● Don’t use large logs —5ins/125mm diameter is best.  
● Don’t burn wood or coal on open fires in Smoke Control Areas.
● Unless you have just lit or just refuelled the fire, don’t allow smoke to come from the top of the chimney  
● Don’t buy a stove which is too big for the room   
● Don’t be tempted to fit or alter any part of a chimney or solid fuel system yourself — it’s far too easy to get something wrong.
● Don’t mix smokeless fuel and wood as you won’t get the best from either and it can create problems.
● Don’t burn plastic waste or treated waste wood. It stinks and it’s toxic.
Shuff and Co are approved to install woodburners and clean chimneys by HETAS, the national organisation working for consumer safety and the wider public interest in safe, efficient and environmentally responsible use of biomass and other solid fuels.
 Mr Cooke is in the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps, the National Chimney Sweeping Safety Association and is a HETAS-approved chimney sweep.  
Shuff and Co staff are in the process of completing and NVQ in chimney sweeping    
The forward thinking company is the first in the North West and Staffordshire to have a chimney pressure-testing machine.
Staying ahead of the game, Shuff and Co has just ordered a German-made wood moisture meter that gives digital printouts of readings.   
The company uses Wohler cctv equipment designed for chimneys and which incorporates a transponder and location device which can locate blockages and other defects.
The company also uses equipment to deal with tarred-up chimneys.
Shuff and Co are based at Church Farm, Manchester Road, Marton SK11 9HF, phone 01270 762980, mobile 07946 883536, email