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Air Quality


Ecodesign Ready stoves reduce emissions by 90%


Air quality is important to us all. Environmental scientists have identified pollutants that can have a negative impact on our health. One of the most high profile and widespread sources is diesel engines. Even though wood burning stoves are a relatively low source of emissions the SIA is committed the reducing the emissions from wood burning stoves even further.

Independent research conducted by Kiwa Gastec on behalf of the SIA has shown that modern clean burning stoves, designed to meet the new Ecodesign requirements will reduce particulate emissions by 90% compared to an open fire and 80-84% compared to an old stove.

This confirms the European wide understanding that Ecodesign stoves will stoves will lead to improved air quality. DEFRA is using the introduction of Ecodesign to reduce emissions from wood burning in the UK.

The stoves were tested at their nominal operating level and when turned down to reflect the burning cycle of a stove at start and finish.

Open fires and oId stoves have increased emissions when turned down at all whereas the emissions from Ecodesign stoves reduce when turned down. The 84% reduction is during the turn down period, when traditionally the possibility of emissions is at its highest

Kiwa Gastec tested an open fire, a stove from 10 years ago and a stove designed to meet the stringent emission levels in Ecodesign. The tests covered the emission of particles, other carbon gases (OCG) and NOx, which all showed significant reductions.

Stove Test Results

The Results Speak for Themselves
Ecodesign Ready Stoves are significantly cleaner burning

Independent research conducted by Kiwa Gastec on behalf of the SIA has shown that modern clean burning stoves, designed to meet the new Ecodesign requirements will reduce significantly emissions compared to an open fire and a stove of 10 years ago.

The tests covered the emission of particles, other carbon gases (OCG) and NOx from an open fire, a stove from 10 years ago and a stove designed to meet the stringent emission levels in Ecodesign. The results are summarised in the graphs below:


Comparison with Ecodesign Stove


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