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Legislation on Firewood

March 8, 2010

At a recent West Sussex County Council event on the future of Bio Fuels in West Sussex, there was a speaker from HETAS, detailing an assurance scheme for wood pellets, chips and logs.

 This is a of certification of fuel, where suppliers would need to demonstrate various requirements based on evidence acceptable to the certified body.  Appropriate labelling would be required with details of the type of wood used in bags, details of the length of logs, and a moisture content of 22%.

The debate was getting quite heated about this from firewood suppliers, and the event leader had to curtail any further questions on this scheme. It costs a lot of money to belong to this scheme, which is not compulsory, but many of us felt later, after the event was over, what was looming on the horizon for legislation on firewood?!  In the meantime I think HETAS would need to do some homework with some issues that they have not thought about.

There may be a follow-up to this meeting in the future for domestic firewood providers rather than one based on commercial users.

Many thanks to John Lindfield for providing this report.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2010 9:43 am

    I received the following comment via e-mail…..

    Having just read your mail regarding firewood – how come I buy coke for the forge with no indications relating to size, heat efficiency or moisture content and a complete failure to mention stones etc that get mixed in with the coke. It sounds to me as though someone has got too much time on their hands if they have the time to start certificating firewood!


  2. April 17, 2010 9:50 am

    I asked John how he heard about the talk, his reply is copied below…..

    The talk about Bio Fuels and Wood Fuel was arranged by West Sussex County Council and the Forestry Commission and Julie Robson has replied to the Coppice Group about the meeting to us recently. The event was greatly oversubscribed and there was a waiting list to attend the event. I got to hear about it from the Forestry Commission.
    As mentioned by Julie Robson, a follow up for domestic users and logs and firewood will follow hopefully in the future, but date has been set that I have heard of.

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