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Yorkshire Housing has been contacted by customers wanting to know if they will still be able to buy solid fuel from suppliers due to environmental issues.

We have therefore put a guide together based on advice from the Solid Fuel Association to help explain the government’s Clean Air Strategy, which was published last year.

Contrary to some media reports, the government doesn’t want to stop people using stoves and they do not intend to ban stoves either.

What they have said is they could phase out the most polluting methods, including action to ensure only the cleanest stoves are available for sale by 2022.

People will be encouraged to reduce pollution by using the correct fuel, keeping stoves maintained and using stoves at the right temperature by using the air controls.

Everyone can make a difference by the way stoves are used, whether by improving the maintenance of the stove and keeping chimneys clean, or burning only those solid fuels which have less than two per cent sulphur.

Wood that has less than 20 per cent moisture, which is usually described as seasoned or kiln dried wood, can also be used.

Manufactured solid fuels that contain less than two per cent sulphur and anthracite are known as authorised smokeless fuels and will also be approved by the Heating Equipment Testing and Approvals Scheme (HETAS).

These fuels will usually show the logo for the Approved Coal Merchants’ Scheme.

Wood that is seasoned or kiln dried will usually mention this on the packaging and there is an emblem to look out for, which is the Woodsure Ready to Burn logo (shown right).

On no account should wet wood be burned as not only will it produce many harmful particulates, but if a chimney has a flexible liner, then over time the particulates will ruin the liner.

Wet wood also does not produce as much heat because it takes a long time to burn off the moisture contained in the material.

Here are some links to further information:

Search for a solid fuel supplier

​Best fuels to use for appliances

Government smoke control areas

Government Clean Air Strategy 2019

Solid Fuel Association