Carry On Burning! Why New 2022 Ecodesign Rules DON’T Affect Woodburner, Multi Fuel Stove or Open Fire Owners

2022 has been hailed as big year for woodburners, multi fuel stoves and open fires – as it’s the point at which new Ecodesign standards come into force in the UK.

However, with so much misunderstanding around what it actually means, the time has come to set the record straight.

So here are the facts upfront:

⁃ You CAN still use your woodburner, multi fuel stove or open fire after January 1st, 2022

⁃ You CAN have a woodburner, multi fuel stove or open fire installed after January 1st, 2022

⁃ You WON’T be banned from using any woodburner, multi fuel stove or open fire at all from January 1st, 2022

So you can ignore what you think you’ve read in the press or online. Ignore what your mate told you down the pub. And ignore what a well-meaning neighbour may have mentioned in passing.

When it comes to this, they’re all wrong, wrong, wrong.

Now we’ve got that all out of the way, let’s look at what Ecodesign actually means.

Put simply, these new rules relate to minimum efficiency and maximum emissions requirements for heating appliances. These are for all heating appliances, not just wood or coal burners.

In practice, the regulations don’t impact on users or even installers really for that matter.

They do place a duty on manufacturers though. The new rules stipulate their newly-available products, placed on the market after January 1st, 2022, must conform to Ecodesign standards.

And, as we understand it, those appliances in the production line before January 1st wouldn’t need to conform.

Of course, many manufacturers have been producing 2022-compliant stoves for quite a few years now. But that was purely down to them and not mandated by law.

Not withstanding all this though, the following can still be legally installed and used in the UK post-January 1st, 2022.

⁃ Second hand woodburners and multi fuel stoves, with the appropriate CE markings, adherence to Smoke Control Area laws etc

⁃ Period/second hand cast iron or tiled open fires

⁃ Period/second hand fire baskets (used for larger open fires)

So, as you can see, all the publicity and talk around 2022 is a bit of a non-event for wood and coal users.

And to be honest, coupled with the government changing the law around the sale of wet wood and housecoal, the whole thing has been a bit of a communications dog’s breakfast.

At best, customers know things are changing, but don’t quite know what. At worst it’s led some to wrongly believe solid fuel appliances are being banned from sale.

But the good news is that, regardless of when your current woodburner, stove or open fire was installed, you now know you can carry on firing it up during the cold nights – both this year and for many winters to come.

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