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    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2017
     
    Not before time, why hasn’t it already happened.

    Research has now shown that wood burners are causing a lot of pollution, this has been my opinion for many years.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/29/wood-burning-stove-ban-will-not-be-enforced-against-householders
  1.  
    I'm going to stick my neck out here. My reckoning is because it was seen as "green". Calculated one way, it is carbon neutral, so it got plenty of encourgement as a responsible thing to do. That created a tipping point where people who kind of wanted a wood burner were able to easily persuade themselve that it was not only a nice thing to have in your living room (which it is) but was also a good thing to do.
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2017 edited
     
    Posted By: dimengineerMy reckoning is because it was seen as "green".
    Of course - another easy answer chased by government, put it alongside:

    - diesels
    - district heating
    - condensing boilers
    - CWI (wow - 60mm of insulation!)
    - smart meters

    All skirting the real issue and at best are "make work" until someone grasps the nettle and does the job properly (if ever).
  2.  
    I'm not quite sure why condensing boilers ar eon your list. They genuinely are a lot more efficient than old school items. CWI ditto. Isnt it better (on the whole) to have it in than not?

    Care to expand on your thoughts?
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2017
     
    A condensing boiler might lift you from 80% efficient to low 90s, depending on your original boiler of course. An improvement, but no where near what we need.

    Cavities are generally not wide enough to accommodate enough insulation.

    Both solutions may actually be required, but this is a problem that cannot be solved by a checkbox approach. It has to be holistic, and far, far more ambitious. If you believed Government, you'd think a house with CWI, any old double glazing (apparently U values don't matter) and a condensing boiler is adequately insulated.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2017
     
    Insanity
  3.  
    Posted By: tonyNot before time, why hasn’t it already happened.

    Research has now shown that wood burners are causing a lot of pollution, this has been my opinion for many years.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/29/wood-burning-stove-ban-will-not-be-enforced-against-householders" rel="nofollow" >https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/29/wood-burning-stove-ban-will-not-be-enforced-against-householders


    Really should be a non story as PM 2.5 is easy to clean from any wood burning appliance.

    http://www.biomasscenter.org/images/stories/PM_Emissions_electronic.pdf

    Its not helped by the North South divide where the North has Smoke controlled areas as part of its industrial heritage whereas the South never got around to putting the controls in. Hence we have cleaner air in the North than the South and cleaner stoves installed in the North.
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