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Are woodburning stoves really eco-friendly?

Woodburners have recently hit the headlines as potential causes of poor air quality – but is this a fair criticism? Sofia Delgado looks at how to ensure your appliance has the minimum impact on our environment
The wallmounted NEO 3W by ACR Stoves has side glazing to give a panoramic view of the flames and costs £1,545

Stoves have long been popular in British homes. Their appeal is rooted in design and energy efficiency. A woodburner’s real flames offer a focal point in the room and satisfy the need for a cosy feel during the winter months, as well as potentially helping you save money by lowering household bills.

For years these appliances have been hailed as ecofriendly, gaining a big following among the environmentally conscious. However, they have recently been at the centre of controversy due to criticism by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. The former MP has called for a ban on burning wood in the capital to minimise the pollution levels faced by the residents – but is he right to do so?

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Get your self-build or renovation project started with advice & inspiration from Build It magazine. Here's what to expect in the January issue: • How the Rogers built an Arts & Crafts-style modern home • The latest on smart home technology • Are woodburning stoves eco friendly? • Heating options for renovations • Avoiding grand designs disasters • Plot Watch: Did they get planning consent? ...and much more!