Rick Standley (47) and my partner, Emma (37) live with our son, Joe (9) in Glengarnock, a small community in North Ayrshire. We are trying to minimise our footprint on this beautiful planet that we share with you all. We have installed a wood-burning stove in the front room that complies with Smokeless Zone Regulations - yes, even in a rural idyll there ARE Smokeless Zones!
We aspire to installing a second stove upon which we can cook and heat hot water but feel confused by the information and advice which we can access because it conflicts.
Has anyone out there had a similar experience? Can you help us navigate through this maze? We have no desire to pollute - then again we have even less desire to use hydro-carbons. We are surrounded by fallen wood: enough to provide us with enough heat to live well. It appears that as soon as one installs a back-boiler to heat a Domestic Hot Water Cylinder, no wood-burner can be passed as an 'exempt appliance' under the terms of the 1956 'Clean Air Act'.
We feel that recent developments leave the aspirations of this Act far behind and, while not intending to create difficulties for our neighbours, if we install an efficient wood-burning stove that will fulfill our objectives, we lay ourselves open to censure or prosecution DESPITE running a CO2=0 household!