Wealden District Council

Wealden Home  >  Residents  >  Environment and Pollution  >  Pollution  >  Protecting and improving the environment  >  Air quality  >  Open Fires and Wood-Burning Stoves

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 Open fires and wood-burning stoves - a practical guide (pdf)

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

Contact Rother and Wealden Environmental Health Service