The latest DECC Domestic Wood Use Survey has shown that wood usage is three times higher than previously believed.
52% of wood burning appliances are stoves and 40% are open fires.
The average weekly usage for a wood burning stove is 27 hours, while the average in London is 7 hours. The London average has given rise to the view that wood burning is recreational, when in fact the average weekly usage for stoves is one hour more than the average use for boilers.
The survey has also revealed that 70% of wood burning appliances in London are open fires, the worst way to burn wood from the point of view of heat generated, CO2 and particulate emissions. Modern clean burning stoves produce 90% fewer emissions and 14% less CO2 than burning wood in an open fire.
According to the clean Air Act wood should only be burnt in DEFRA exempted appliances in smoke control areas like London. Replacing these open fires with a modern clean burning stove would make an immediate impact on air quality in London
The DECC survey can be viewed by following this link.