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Research highlights the air-quality benefits of Wood Pellet Stoves.

The University of Leeds has presented research which massively highlights the benefits to air quality from using wood pellet stoves compared with traditional multi-fuel stoves. Its findings are significant, demonstrating a 95% reduction in particulates emitted by pellet stoves.

air pollution benefits of wood burning stoves

It’s thought that over 60,000 premature deaths occurred in Europe in 2010 due to residential heating with wood and coal – an increase of 23% since 1990. Exposure to wood smoke can cause a range of ailments, many with the potential to contribute towards or lead to fatality including respiratory illness, and decreased lung function. 

Although many are switching from LPG, gas and oil to renewable biomass, this can still increase some air pollutants. Many woods, particularly treated woods, chipboard and coated woods can release increased levels of Nitrogen Oxides, heavy metals, dioxins and further toxins. And the research estimates that 70% of emitted woodsmoke re-enters the home!

In 2014 over two hundred thousand stoves were sold in the UK, and 67% of them were multifuel. So as the trend for stoves increases, what can be done to ensure that emissions are as low as possible?

The research shows that switching to wood pellet stoves would be a key contributor towards reducing harmful particulates as they produce 95% fewer emissions than traditional stoves. A significant number!   Coupled with initiatives including no-burn days and better eco-labelling, there is much that can be done.

Take your first steps towards fewer particulates by contacting our team on today. 

Source: Supergen Bio Energy Hub accessed 250719