Lighting a fire can sometimes be difficult and there are countless guides on the internet. HETAS has pulled together the best guidance available so you can get it right first time.
Choosing your firewood
Woodsure is the UK’s only woodfuel quality assurance scheme. Trust Woodsure certified suppliers for reliable, high-quality wood fuels.
The Woodsure website has a postcode search to help find your local firewood supplier. When purchasing firewood for immediate use always look for the Ready to Burn certification mark. This demonstrates that the moisture content of the firewood is no more than 20% and is ready to burn.
HETAS would always recommend you burn the best fuel available to you, choosing fuels that have been tested and certified. Don’t be tempted to burn scrap wood i.e. old fence panels, pallets, etc; these may have been treated with wood preserver when they were made, which can give off harmful fumes when burnt in any kind of volume.
Our top tips for choosing the right fuels are:-
When buying firewood or briquettes for immediate use, look for the Ready to Burn certification mark. These fuels will have a moisture content of no more than 20%. Wood sold in volumes up to two cubic metres in England must be Ready to Burn certified. This scheme is administered by Woodsure.
If you are sourcing your own firewood or buying in bulk (over 2 cubic metres) please ensure you have suitable means to dry the firewood until it is seasoned and ready to use.
If you burn manufactured smokeless fuels, check the Defra Authorised Fuels list for an appropriate fuel.