This website provides news and information on woodfuel in Scotland. It incorporates http://www.scottishwoodfuelnews.org.uk.
This is not a commercial website and depends entirely on voluntary time. Please contact us by email regarding corrections or updates. To see policies to help logfuel, see below.
We’re adding some bits to the website to help pay for it:
1. Order form for the new booklet – The Logburners’ Handbook – Part 1. From Tree to Stove – go to More Information Page
2. Opportunities for suppliers to advertise – email if interested
3. Promoting the advisory, information and woodland management services offered by our associated group of consultants
This won’t affect the basic information provided by the website, which includes the most comprehensive listing of firewood suppliers in Scotland, and has been used by 9,000 visitors over the past year. Please be patient while the changes are made.
What Government and local authorities need to do
Policies to help logfuel deliver its potential to provide rural employment, save householders money, help manage woodlands properly and reduce CO2 emissions.
1) All new public buildings in rural areas to have woodfuel heating
2) Ban oil heating by 2020
3) All new houses in rural areas to be fitted with a log store/ chimney and stove
4) Provide grants, RHI payments or loans for domestic logstoves
5) Comprehensive support to improve the log fuel supply chain, including:
(a) information for the public on sourcing quality log fuel
(b) easy-to-access grants for contractors to set up and increase capacity
(c) training for contractors in harvesting, processing and marketing woodfuel
(d) voluntary quality assurance scheme for contractors including hard/soft wood and wet/dry wood
(e) advisory officers to promote and provide information on log-fuelled woodstoves in rural and peri-urban areas
6) Research into size of log-fuel industry to monitor growth and developments and propose Government response if necessary
Better insulation is the most effective way of reducing heating bills and CO2 emissions, and so should be an even higher priority than woodfuel, but logfuel is the most carbon-efficient method of domestic space heating (woodchips are best for larger buildings).