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Guide to Ready to Burn Fuels

Guide to Ready to Burn Fuels.

Do you know what you’re allowed to burn on your stove or fireplace? You probably feel like the rules and regulations are changing by the minute! The Government have recently introduced a new legislation, called the Ready To Burn Legislation. Carry on reading to find out more…

What is the Ready to Burn legislation?

From 1st May 2021 you will no longer be able to buy traditional coal or wet wood to burn on your wood burner or stove. Which is why we’re happy to have the ClearSkies seal of approval on our Eco design ready Woodburners and be members of the SIA.


The regulations are broken down into several parts which cover various fuel types such as wood, manufactured solid fuels and coal.

The regulation has been introduced as wet wood, which is defined as wood that has a moisture content of more than 20% and traditional house coal which produces smoke and harmful particulates when they are burnt.

The sale of bituminous coal (whether pre-bagged or loose) is completely banned. However, an ‘Approved Coal Merchant’ can continue to sell coal directly to consumers during a two-year grace period, which ends on the 30th April 2023.

These new regulations only apply to England.

What does the Ready to Burn legislation mean for stove and fireplace owners?

If you have a wood burning or multi fuel stove, you need to make sure that you’re buying fuel that carries the ‘Ready to Burn’ mark. The Ready to Burn mark means that the wood has a moisture content of no more than 20%.

The Ready to Burn mark is run by Woodsure Ltd, a not-for-profit, DEFRA appointed Certification Body. It’s the job of Woodsure to administer the Ready to Burn mark and to ensure that all wood sold after the 1st May 2021 complies with the Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standard) (England) Regulations 2020.

Commenting on the introduction of the legislation and the Ready to Burn mark, Woodsure Chairman, Bruce Allen, said:

“This new legislation is incredibly positive for all concerned. The banning of polluting wet wood and house coal in England will promote real change with dry wood and smokeless mineral fuels being the only ones left on the market, available for purchase and use.

“Crucially there will be a requirement for a Ready to Burn Certification scheme with its clear logo giving customers and sellers a clear indication of what fuel is actually ready to burn and therefore can be purchased legally. This, along with modern clean low emissions appliances will make a huge difference to the environmentally responsible use of solid fuels and wood for stoves and boilers.

“This is a significant step to reducing particulate emissions and better air quality. Businesses that are already Woodsure Ready to Burn are already supplying firewood that meets such requirements and are well placed to be ready for May.”