Five top tips for free firewood

Foraged firewood is often wet wood, and will take at least two summers of seasoning before it is dry enough for use in your exempt wood burning stove

Burning wood in an open fire or non-exempt wood burner is prohibited in a smoke control area, and almost all of London is covered by smoke control areas.

Levels of small particle PM2.5 pollution can be three times higher in homes using wood burning stoves.

Pollution from domestic wood burning causes the equivalent of 284 deaths per year in London.

The Warmer Homes Advice Service, Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust all have advice on help with affordable heating.

Find out more about the health impacts of domestic wood burning here, or read what the British Heart Foundation have to say.

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