What is HETAS and why is HETAS-assured fuel better?

7th September 2017

Just how safe and efficient is the fuel you burn? It’s worth bearing in mind that not all fuels are equal - even though the packaging might suggest they are. That’s why you should always look for the HETAS stamp of approval. HETAS gives you confidence that your fuel is safe and efficient.

HETAS (Heating Equipment Testing and Approvals Scheme) is the only specialist organisation that approves biomass and solid fuel heating appliances, fuels and services. This includes the registration of competent installers and servicing providers.

HETAS is the official body for testing and approving appliances and publishes lists of approved appliances, fuels and equipment. This helps consumers, installers, retailers, designers and specifiers choose the most suitable system, while complying with all the necessary building regulations and safety standards.

It is important that you check that your fuel is quality assured by HETAS as this shows that your fuel will be of a consistent standard that matches a full description, declared at the point of sale.

Naturally, Wood Fuel Direct is Woodsure accredited by HETAS which means that our fuels are certified to be both safe and efficient. Our clean and versatile Hotties are available here, our Pizazz here, Ignite here and Barbies here.

To ensure satisfactory performance of domestic solid fuel and wood-burning appliances, you should use fuels that are of a suitable type and size. Good quality fuels are essential for safe and efficient combustion, as poor quality fuels waste energy and ultimately cost more.


All HETAS-accredited fuels, including those on Wood Fuel Direct, have undergone certification in accordance with the relevant standard, giving you confidence that your fuel is both safe and efficient for the type of appliance they have.

When you buy HETAS-approved fuel, you get the following:

  • Reassurance that they can choose a supplier that will deliver the right fuel for their installation, home and needs
  • Confidence that a product label is present which defines the essential features of the fuel in a consistent manner
  • The ability to make an informed choice between products from different suppliers


Customers using a HETAS-registered installer in England and Wales will receive a HETAS Certificate of Compliance (Building Regulation Compliance Certificate) from the installer on the completion of installation work.

This is your guarantee that the installation complies with all relevant building regulations. This information may be needed to validate your home insurance and will certainly be required when the time comes to sell your home.

The certificate must be completed and signed only by the HETAS-registered installer who undertook the work. HETAS will then notify the relevant Local Authority within 30 days of the completion of the works.

HETAS-registered installers are trained and approved to UKAS (the UK's National Accreditation Body) standards and can self-certify that their work complies with the relevant building regulations.

HETAS also works with enforcement agencies to tackle rogue installers and even offers a safety checklist to cover a few key points:

  • Proper ventilation
  • Regular cleaning and sweeping
  • Always use the right fuel for your appliance – as recommended by the manufacturer
  • Keep all combustibles, including logs, at a safe distance from the hot stove
  • Do not slow/slumber burn. Do not turn the stove down for the night
  • Never leave an open fire unattended without a spark guard
  • Always use a securely fitted fireguard when children are in the house
  • Be carbon monoxide safe
  • Get your stove serviced annually by a HETAS Registered Installer
  • We highly recommend that you contact your insurer about your new stove as it may affect your insurance policy


So you can put your feet up and relax knowing that your fuel is safe and efficient.