What makes a stove Ecodesign?
What makes a stove ‘Ecodesign’ is that it’s engineered to maximise efficiency while minimising environmental impact. With a 70% increase in burning efficiency, these Ecodesign ready stoves produce fewer emissions, save fuel and benefit both your home and the planet.
To be considered an Ecodesign stove, the appliance must emit fewer pollutants to improve air quality and reduce the negative effects of wood burning on the environment. If you’re worried about longevity, don’t be!
Is Ecodesign the same as DEFRA?
Simply put, Ecodeisgn and DEFRA are similar concepts but separate things.
Ecodesign is a new approach to making fire-burning systems more environmentally friendly. They do this using technology that minimises the negative impact of combustion.
Manufacturers account for energy consumption, resource efficiency, waste generation, and emissions when creating Ecodesign products to ensure they’re environmentally friendly.
But who are DEFRA?
They’re a government department in the UK, and their main responsibilities include overseeing environmental protection. In short, DEFRA creates the rules and regulations, and Ecodesign implements these eco-friendly practices into product design.
What makes a log burner eco-friendly?
Ecodesign log burners are eco-friendly because their source of fuel is wood, which is carbon-neutral. Any CO2 released by the burning wood is absorbed by plants and converted into oxygen.
Ecodesign stoves heat wood at higher temperatures to reduce pollutants released into the atmosphere.
Burning wet or unseasoned wood is more damaging to the environment. For a log burner to be Ecodeisgn, it must use dry, well-seasoned hardwood or compressed sawdust logs and wood pellets. It must also have adjustable air controls to optimise combustion efficiency.
Some advanced Ecodesign wood-burning stoves also have catalytic converters that break down harmful substances, thereby preventing toxic emissions.
However, it’s not just about function. Many Ecodesign ready stoves are made with recyclable, durable materials to ensure a longer lifespan and reduce waste during manufacturing.
What are the Ecodesign requirements?
Ecodesign requirements are regulations that apply to various products, such as vehicles, electronics and appliances. These rules ensure they aren’t harmful to the environment and help restore the planet's health.
For a product to be considered Ecodesign, it must meet these regulations. For example, Ecodesign stoves must now have a seasonal efficiency of 65% to be allowed to be distributed across the UK.
They’re created with recyclable or biodegradable materials to reduce waste, and they must also be easy to take apart. Once the appliance has reached the end of its lifespan, it can be recycled without a problem.
To protect human health and the environment, toxic and hazardous materials must be avoided where possible, and packaging must also use recyclable materials to reduce waste.
All Ecodesign products must then undergo an LCA (life cycle assessment) to evaluate the environmental impacts before they are allowed to be manufactured and distributed.
Take a look through the Ecodesign range of our multi-fuel stoves to find the perfect one for you today. Help us contribute to a greener planet!