Experts warn that trendy “eco-logs” for wood-burning stoves made from coffee, bamboo or straw actually pollute more than conventional firewood
- Trendy logs can be purchased for use in traditional wood stoves
- They are made from the remains of the process of manufacturing plant goods
- They are labeled as “renewable” because they are made from waste products
- However, research shows that burning them violates new emission regulations
According to new research results, trendy “logs” for wood stoves made from coffee, bamboo, wine and other products are more environmentally harmful than conventional firewood.
New laws banning the burning of coal and damp wood at home are due to come into effect May 1st.
However, protocols in which plant residues are used have escaped the ban as they are considered “renewable” fuel.
According to new research, trendy “logs” for wood stoves made from coffee, bamboo, wine, olives and other products are more environmentally harmful than conventional firewood
The new legal limit for smoke emissions in solid fuels is 5 grams per hour and a sulfur content of 2 percent.
However, research found that a 100 percent olive trunk had a rating of 17.6 grams per hour when burned.
Experts warn that consumers could run the risk of unknowingly breaking the law and fined up to £ 1,000 for burning the fuels in a smoke-free area, despite the fact that the logs are legal to sell.
The researchers found that people who load wood twice or more in the course of a session are exposed to a pollution peak up to four times higher than those who do not refuel at all in the course of an evening. Image from a picture agency
Trendy wood burners triple the level of harmful pollution particles in homes
Wood burners pose a hazard to children and the elderly and, according to a study, should be sold with a health warning.
Researchers from the University of Sheffield placed pollution detectors in 19 houses for a month, collecting data every few minutes.
Wood burners were lit for four hours at a time, and during operation the level of harmful particles was three times as high as when they were not lit.
These particles have been linked to a number of health problems and can damage the lungs – especially in young and old people.
The burners were all “smoke-free,” meaning they met government standards that will be required by 2022.
Commenting on the legislation, Tim Minett, CEO of CPL Industries, a manufacturer of smokeless fuel, said: “The legislation is designed to improve air quality in England by reducing the popular PM2.5 (fine particulate) emissions and SOx emissions. Emissions (sulfur oxides) are reduced Solid fuels that are used in households and gardens.
“However, by the eleventh hour, several fuels were exempted from legislation and considered renewable because of their composition, rather than because of their air quality performance.”
While HETAS, the industry’s fuel supplier, has confirmed that these products do not bear the HETAS approval stamp, the fuels are not banned and are still available to consumers for purchase.
Mr. Minett added: “This legislation has focused too much on the composition of fuels that it can be classified as renewable energy without considering important issues such as air quality.
“These fuels are much cheaper to make and sell, with consumers naturally tending towards cheaper products but unknowingly causing high levels of air pollution.
“Not only does the government need to address this legislation and the exemptions that apply, but it is also important that consumers are better informed about the purchases they have made and the hidden implications.”