Happy Friday everyone albeit another cold one and we’ve still got a while before it starts to warm up. We’re definitely weather challenged in the UK don’t you think? It’s such a British pastime discussing if it’s too hot or too cold. Either way, I do wish Spring would hurry up and get here. If you’ve been hibernating inside, (as I have), you might find today’s post an interesting one. We’re looking at heating our homes with eco-friendly designed stoves by Contura.
Ecodesign Ready Stoves by Contura
If your heating has failed you this winter and/or needs updating an Ecodesign ready stove may be just what you are looking for. There have certainly been some significant technological advancementswhen it comes to stove manufacturing. Companies such as Contura are striving to ensure that their designs not only look great but protect you and the environment from harmful emissions that some outdated heat sources create.
Using a modern, clean-burning, an Ecodesign-ready stove can reduce emissions by up to 90% compared to a traditional open fire.Contura
Knowledge Is Key…
You may already be aware, that there’s an Emissions regulation scheme for stoves and space heaters that has to be implemented by 2022. Reassuringly, Contura has been fully committed to the Ecodesign project from the outset. Four years ahead of schedule, all Contura stoves already operate under the Ecodesign limits.
Why Consider An EcoDesign Ready Stove?
We’re increasingly aware of how air quality effects not only our environment but our health too. Making the right choices when using wood burners, stove owners can ensure that we are all doing our bit to protect the environment and our health.
UK air quality is a growing and worrying issue, however, we can significantly reduce the level of emissions from burning firewood simply by replacing open fires and old wood burners with Ecodesign Ready stoves. This is where the ‘quick win’ in emissions reduction can be made.Contura
Contura, have put together some pretty cool facts and tips to reassure that using a wood burning stove correctly can help actually minimisetheir impact on the environment.
Wood Burning Stove vs Open Fire – The stats:
- An Ecodesign ready wood burning stove reduces particulate emissions by 90% compared to a traditional open fire and 80% compared to a 10-year-old stove.
- Two logs will burn for up to one hour in a wood burning stove, compared to only 15 minutes on an open fire.
- Compared to open fires, Ecodesign Ready stoves reduce the emission of…
- Organic Gaseous Carbon compounds (OGCs) by 70%
- Nitrous Oxide (NOx) 34%
- Carbon Monoxide (CO) by 33%
- Optimum wood moisture content for efficient and clean combustion is 12-20%.
- Migrating from an open fireplace to a flue connected to a stove will halve the deemed air loss from the room.
- 80% of the heat generated by a wood burning stove is convected and radiated into the room, compared to only 20% in the case of an open fire.
- Only burn wood on an Ecodesign Ready stove – Look for the Ecodesign Ready label or consult with your dealer.
- Use kiln dried wood if possible or wood with a moisture content below 20%. Purchase the best wood you can afford from a recommended supplier. Look out for the Woodsure ‘Ready to Burn’ label which guarantees a moisture content between 12 and 20%.
- Hardwood species such as ash, beech or birch will burn the cleanest, longest and with a nice bright flame.
- Ensure your chimney is swept and stove maintained annually.
- Follow the lighting instructions in the product manual and maintain the correct combustion temperature in the stove.
- Only ever use an approved, low sulphur smokeless fuel on an open fire.
You can read more information on Ecodesign Ready stoves by clicking here.
What is An Ecodesign Stove?
Ecodesign Ready stoves have been engineered to burn wood more completely. Without sounding too technical that means the combustion air in the fire boxof the stove reignites the combustion particles before they can leave the stove. This technology reduces particulate emissions by 90% compared to open fire and 80% compared to a stove of 10 years ago. This ultimately leads to significant reductions in CO, NOx and Organic Gaseous Carbon compounds (OGCs). The bottom line, fewer emissions, cleaner air and a healthier home for you and your family.
The Right Fuel
Sourcing the right fuel to ensure clean-burning helps keep a stove’s emissions to a minimum. Surprisingly, there’s no current legislation on the types of fuel available to buy for wood burning stoves. My advice is to try and purchase from accredited British suppliers where you can.
Woodsure is the UK’s leading woodfuel accreditation scheme which recently launched a new Ready to Burn initiative. This great scheme offers a certification mark to suppliers who can ensure that their logs have a moisture content below 20%. All you have to do is look out for the Ready To Burn label and/or check with your supplier.
Consider opting for kiln dried wood, and species such as ash, beech or birch, burn particularly well. Good quality wood with the right moisture content (between 12 and 20%) will generate the correct heat, the correct flame and will not emit black or grey smoke.
Long Term Environment Benefits…
Whilst there’s yet to be a replacement scheme put into place to upgrade old stoves, it is good to bear in mind that by opting for an Ecodesign Stove, you’ll be helping to reduce the carbon footprint.
Burning wood provides a sustainable and renewable energy
Contura is Europe’s leading manufacturer of wood burning stoves, offering an extensive range of classic and contemporary wood burners; from traditional insert stoves suitable for existing fireplaces, to freestanding statement models made with innovative materials such as soapstone.
Starting at £1,295, Contura stoves are premium yet affordable. Award winning, timeless Swedish design means the products complement or enhance any style of home, whilst also offering outstanding performance, maximum efficiency, practicality and ease of use.
You can find out more about Contura’s stoves here.
Have a lovely weekend and stay warm folks!