Some fear that the fires are a danger to health and the environment.
And a Billingshurst man stoked up anger when he called on people to stop using them and suggested that the fires were merely ‘a fashion statement.’
Robert Bishop maintained that it was impossible to follow Government Covid advice and open windows because of smoke from neighbours’ wood fires.
And they maintain that wood is a renewable source of energy, unlike oil or gas.
However, Asthma UK says burning wood gives off tiny particles that can get into the airways.
A spokesman said: “Breathing them in can make your airways inflamed, bringing on asthma symptoms”.
Carrie Cort, founder of Sussex Green Living “If you’re using a wood-burning stove, make sure it’s well maintained, and that you’re using dry woods.”
The British Lung Foundation also cautions the use of wood-burners. A spokesman said: “Burning wood and coal in a stove or on an open fire releases particulate matter, which has shown a range of adverse health impacts, including decreased lung development and function, exacerbation of asthma, allergy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary fibrosis, and increased risk of lung cancer.”
Carrie Cort, founder of Sussex Green Living, said: “Open fires and wood burning stoves are not eco … unless you coppice and burn your own wood. If everyone went to wood stoves there would be more air pollution and less forests. We import from Europe a lot of the wood pellets for wood chip boilers so there are big transportation issues too. She continued “Open fires are not very efficient, wood burners are much more efficient, however both do cause small particles of air pollution which find their way into the body’s lungs and blood. Using a fire or log burner from locally coppiced or fallen trees when the wood is dry, occasionally is OK”.
The solid fuel standards agency HETAS says that new legislation is being introduced soon that will ban the use of wet wood with a new ‘Ready to Burn’ scheme which comes into force in England in May this year.