Why has the Government placed restrictions on the use of wood-burning stoves?

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Why has the Government placed restrictions on the use of wood-burning stoves?

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In February 2020, the Government announced that owners of wood burners, stoves and open fires will no longer be able to buy house coal or wet wood. Wet wood — also known as green or unseasoned wood — is often found in bags of logs sold in DIY stores, garden centres and petrol stations. It also includes branches and fallen trees that people collect for themselves, although there will be no realistic way of preventing people from continuing to collect these.

Sales of wet wood in units of less than two cubic metres will be phased out from February 2021, and larger units will be sold with advice on how to dry the wood before burning. The new legislation does not, however, ban wood or coal-burning stoves.

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