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Charcoal burners - do you need an EA exemption??

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Any of you wise charcoal makers know if an EA exemption is required for making charcoal on the site where the timber has been cut?

 

Im familiar with the D7 for burning green waste generated on site, but is there something similar if you’re making charcoal??

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36 minutes ago, kevinjohnsonmbe said:

Any of you wise charcoal makers know if an EA exemption is required for making charcoal on the site where the timber has been cut?

 

Im familiar with the D7 for burning green waste generated on site, but is there something similar if you’re making charcoal??

EA exemptions deal with waste, EA position statement said virgin timber is not waste.

 

Are you using waste to make charcoal?

 

Clean air act  refers to dark smoke, are you emitting dark smoke?

 

Combustion generally requires an environmental permit. There was an exemption for charcoal making prior to 2002 but I'm not sure about that now.

 

Of course traditional charcoal making is polluting and emits greenhouse gases

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It’s not me (honest Guv(no really, it’s not.))

 

Its a community wood nearby. They were considerate enough to put a warning post on local FB page but have had a number of:

 

”you have to inform fire brigade”

”I’m asthmatic”

 

etc, etc posts. 

 

Just wondered what others had experienced. I’ve used D7 for burning arisings before but this is coppice managed woodland. 
 

 

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49 minutes ago, kevinjohnsonmbe said:

It’s not me (honest Guv(no really, it’s not.))

 

Its a community wood nearby. They were considerate enough to put a warning post on local FB page but have had a number of:

 

”you have to inform fire brigade”

Always a good idea to save them wasting their time

49 minutes ago, kevinjohnsonmbe said:

”I’m asthmatic”

 

etc, etc posts. 

 

Just wondered what others had experienced. I’ve used D7 for burning arisings before but this is coppice managed woodland. 
 

 

If it's an earth burn or ring kiln it's exempt from environmental permitting as less than 1MW thermal input if not dark smoke there is no statutory nuisance, still a polluting way to produce charcoal though.

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All of which is interesting to me, since I've just bought a ring kiln and hadn't really considered EA regs. However, the chestnut coppice where I'd originally had consent to site it is tinder dry with dead leaf everywhere and a recent extensive fire now means any burning of any kind is suspended. Back to the drawing board

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