Ready to Burn

What does Ready to Burn mean?

You may see the Ready to Burn logo and certificate on some of our products but might not be sure what it means.  

Ready to Burn legislation came into force in England on 1 May 2021. This new law will ban the sale of the most polluting fuels used in homes; wet wood and house coal.

This scheme is backed by the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in support of The Air Quality Regulations 2020 (England).


Wood sold in volumes of up to 2m³ should be Ready to Burn certified as having a moisture content of less than 20%.

DEFRA have appointed Woodsure Ltd as the Certification Body to administer the Ready to Burn Scheme.  They are a non-profit organisation. Their independent experts work alongside other national bodies as well as retailers, installers and sweeps to promote the benefits of quality wood.  

Manufactured Solid Fuel

A “manufactured solid fuel” means a fuel produced from coal, plant-derived materials, wood, waxes or petroleum products with other ingredients.  These are typically called Ovals or Ovoids.

The DEFRA Ready to Burn certification scheme for manufactured solid fuels is run by HETAS.  HETAS is a non-profit organisation supporting cleaner and safer choices for the use of biomass and other solid fuels, appliances and associated technologies. To be certified as Ready to Burn, manufactured solid fuels must meet specified limits for smoke emissions and sulphur content.

Purchase with Confidence

Solid Fuel Hub customers can be confident, combined with our Approved Coal Merchant status, that the fuel being sold meets emission requirements by looking for the Ready to Burn logo along with the manufacturer name and unique Ready to Burn certification number on our certified products.

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