The popularity of stoves over recent years has rocketed, and, according to the industry body HETAS, the number of stove registrations increased 10-fold in the decade between 2004 and 2014, from 12,000 to 130,000 a year.

For many, wood-burning stoves are a more natural, and environmentally friendly way to heat their homes, but the government’s own statistics show that burning wood and coal in open fires and stoves account for more than a third (38%) of the UK’s primary emissions of PM2.5, compared to industry and road transport, which contribute 16% and 12%, respectively.

Public perception

 

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