7.5% of UK households use wood fuel for some of their heating
- Rising energy prices have resulted in consumers turning to wood-burning stoves as a secondary heating system.
- In 2017, it is estimated that at least 200,000 wood-burning stoves were installed in the UK.
- Over 90% of wood fuel users in the UK burn logs.
For every tree that is cut into fuel logs, waste woodcuts and sawdust are generated.
Waste such as this offers a number of commercial opportunities
Air quality and wood fuel has become a hot topic and stove owners are being asked to think about the impact of burning poor quality logs has on the environment.
Guidelines for wood stove users
According to the Forestry Commission, the use of clean wood from existing woodlands by small to medium-scale heating systems produces relatively low levels of emissions.
In addition, provided the fuel has been adequately dried to get its moisture content down to a specified level, and it is burned in equipment for which it is specified, wood fuel emissions will comply with the air quality standards required in our UK towns and cities.
In light of this, the Forestry Commission recommends that wood fuel buyers seek reputable suppliers who guarantee that the fuel’s moisture content complies with the industry standard and the buyer’s equipment specification.
One such supplier Harrington Woodfuels Co. Ltd. based in Wythall in the West Midlands, is a family run business which operates under a simple philosophy – to make ‘truly good wood fuel’.
They are currently the only Woodsure /HETAS and Grown In Britain certified supplier of Kiln Dried Hardwood firewood in the central West Midlands carrying out random tests to ensure the moisture content of their final product is below 20%.
Professional arborist and forester, Matthew Downes who founded the company in 2010 recognised that the residue waste associated with his wood fuel production process could open up new possibilities for his business benefiting both the environment and local economy.
Read on to discover how EBRI helped Matthew explore new market opportunities for his business.