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Understanding the Impact of Wood Burner Emissions: Monitoring Dust in Communities


In recent years the use of log burners has attracted a lot of attention from Air Quality groups. While the evidence for & against log burners are varied, it is certainly compelling enough to require careful consideration. Local authorities across the UK have undertaken air quality monitoring to see the potential impact in their regions.


Understanding the Issue:

Old wood burners emit various pollutants, including particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Particulate emissions from wood burners can be a significant concern due to their adverse effects on both human health and the environment. These emissions primarily consist of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and coarse particulate matter (PM10).


Monitoring Air Quality:

To address the impact of any potential wood burner pollution, a Local Authority in Essex has purchased two DustSens Dust monitors to measure real-time particulate levels across their community.

The DustSens is an excellent fit for this purpose it’s a robust air quality monitor that is plug and play. The monitoring stations utilise advanced sensors and a heated inlet to measure pollutant concentrations accurately and it has indicative MCERTS for both PM10 and PM2.5. Data collected from these stations are then analysed using our user-friendly web based cloud portal to identify trends, hotspots of pollution, and potential sources, such as wood burner usage.


By monitoring air quality proactively, authorities can implement targeted interventions to mitigate pollution and protect public health.

Community Engagement:

Engaging the community is crucial in addressing air quality concerns related to wood burner pollution. Public awareness campaigns can educate residents about the health impacts of poor air quality and the importance of responsible wood burner usage. Additionally, community involvement in monitoring efforts, such as citizen science initiatives, empowers residents to contribute to data collection and decision-making processes.


Monitoring air quality is crucial for mitigating the impact of wood burner pollution on public health and the environment. The DustSens Dust monitor offers an excellent solution for tracking particulate matter in communities. Its portability allows for effortless relocation to new monitoring sites, while its robust sensors and heated inlet guarantee accurate data collection. Moreover, it holds an MCERTS certificate, ensuring reliability and compliance to legal requirements. With data accessible through web-based software, monitoring air quality has never been more convenient.

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