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Solid fuel heating

Did you know?

  • Particulate matter is the most damaging air pollutant*
  • Burning of wood and coal in the home is the largest single contributor

Burning the right fuel in the right way reduces

  • Air pollution
  • Risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Risk of chimney and house fires

To reduce carbon emissions, choose:

  • Wood briquettes from recycled waste wood
  • Wood from sustainably managed UK woodland

Manufactured solid fuel compared to traditional house coal is:

  • More energy efficient
  • Cheaper to burn

Coming soon - Home upgrade grant (2)

The Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) 2 is for off-gas grid homes i.e. those which are not heated using mains gas, such as properties that use the following for heating purposes:

  • Oil
  • Liquid petroleum gas (LPG)
  • Coal
  • Solid fuels
  • Electricity 

Keep checking the Home upgrade grant (2) page on the Bromsgrove Energy Advice Service website here for further details. 

*World Health Organisation

Fuel New Standard When


Small quantities (<2m3) 

'Wet wood' banned.

Moisture content 20% or less.

  • February 2021
  • February 2022 for small forestry operations

Large quantities (>2m3)

'Wet wood' to be sold:

  • With a warning that the wood is not suitable to be burnt without drying
  • With instructions for how to season the wood

Bituminous (traditional) house coal:



  • February 2021

Loose coal direct from approved coal merchants

Phased out

  • 2023

Manufactured solid fuel:

Existing standards for 'smokeless zones' extended to cover the whole of England.

Manufacturers will be required to prove:

  • Very low sulphur content
  • Only a small amount of smoke
  • February 2021
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