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Defra’s Burn Better Campaign

If you use an open fire or stove, it’s important to know how to burn better.

When using the wrong type of fuels, such as wet wood or house coal, tiny harmful particles present in smoke are released into the air, which could damage your health and the health of those around you.

The good news is a few small changes to the way you burn can make a massive difference:

  • Always choose fuels that are cleaner to burn. Look for the ‘Ready to Burn’ logo on bagged fuel.
  • If you burn wood, make sure it’s dried properly. Freshly cut wood needs to be air dried for a minimum of 2 years or have a moisture content of 20% or less before it’s safe to burn.
  • Have a skilled tradesperson clean and maintain your appliance regularly.
  • Get your chimney swept at least once a year. This reduces emissions as well as the chances of chimney fires breaking out.

Taking steps like these will help you improve the air you breathe, helping to protect your health and the health of those around you.

To find out more about the steps you can take to burn better, visit