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The Woodsure approach attempts to minimise the practical and administrative demands upon producers and suppliers, thus helping to keep production costs down.

There are 5 main steps to achieving Woodsure Quality assurance:

  • Submit your application form and make payment
  • Produce your Quality Manual
  • Undergo a Woodsure audit
  • Successful product specification test
  • Your application is approved and you can now utilise the Woodsure benefits

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General application questions

I’ve applied, what happens next?

Once submitted, your manual is assessed and any shortfalls or clarifications should be addressed.

An audit is carried out to assess the company procedures, the fuel is then sampled and tested. If all meet the Woodsure requirements, the test results and audit are independently assessed to ensure the outcome is fair.

How do I compose an operation manual?

Once you have applied you must produce a manual. There are 3 ways depending on the type of supplier you are and how much fuel you produce.

If you produce less than 750t each year, you will be provided with a link to a questionnaire, once you have applied to Woodsure. Your answers to the questionnaire will form your manual.

If you produce more than 750t each year you will need to use the templates which Woodsure has created.
– Wood briquettes
– Firewood
– Chip

These templates are available on the application page.

If you don’t sell the fuel, i.e. you only use it in your own boilers, you will receive a link to an online form to produce your fuel quality manual. The manual is your procedures on how you produce a fuel and is what you will be audited to.

How frequently do I need to test my fuel?

Your fuel needs to be tested as frequently as you feel necessary to demonstrate that the quality of the fuel is controlled.

Moisture content can vary depending on how the chip is stored and how wet it was when chipped. Drying may continue after chipping and particularly in very dry weather could lead to issues with those burning the fuel in their boilers. It is good practice to monitor chip moisture content on at least a weekly basis.

For briquettes, it is a requirement to get a chemical analysis from a test laboratory.

Do I need to record the moisture tests?

Keeping a record of the moisture content (such as on delivery notes) assists in tracking when there is an issue. These test results are part of your monitoring system and can assist you to continually improve quality management processes and systems.

Should I provide my emissions certificate?

For self suppliers you will be asked for information on your emissions certificate which is part of your RHI application. If you cannot find your certificate you can look at the RHI EC List website for the make and model of your boiler.

If you still can’t find it, you may wish to contact your installer to obtain this information. Prior to 2014 this was not a requirement so it would be beneficial to state this in your quality manual.

I use waste wood. Do I need to apply?

To confirm if the woodfuel you are supplying is waste please refer to the Ofgem flow diagram to clearly define your fuel type Ofgem Flow Diagram. If following this flow diagram, your fuel is defined as a waste, you do not require Woodsure certification.

You may wish to still apply to Woodsure to utilise the benefits of the scheme.

Questions around fuel quality requirements

How do I define my fuel?

Your fuel must have a size and a moisture content. Both affect the efficiency of the boiler and without having both classified, you may well be adversely affecting air quality

How frequently do I need to test my fuel?

Your fuel needs to be tested as frequently as you feel necessary to demonstrate that the quality of the fuel is controlled.

Moisture content can vary depending on how the chip is stored and how wet it was when chipped. Drying may continue after chipping and particularly in very dry weather could lead to issues with those burning the fuel in their boilers. It is good practice to monitor chip moisture content on at least a weekly basis.

For briquettes, it is a requirement to get a chemical analysis from a test laboratory.

Do I need to record the moisture tests?

Keeping a record of the moisture content (such as on delivery notes) assists in tracking when there is an issue. These test results are part of your monitoring system and can assist you to continually improve quality management processes and systems.

Should I provide my emissions certificate?

For self suppliers you will be asked for information on your emissions certificate which is part of your RHI application. If you cannot find your certificate you can look at the RHI EC List website for the make and model of your boiler.

If you still can’t find it, you may wish to contact your installer to obtain this information. Prior to 2014 this was not a requirement so it would be beneficial to state this in your quality manual.

I use waste wood. Do I need to apply?

To confirm if the woodfuel you are supplying is waste please refer to the Ofgem flow diagram to clearly define you fuel type Ofgem Flow Diagram. If, following this flow diagram, your fuel is defined as a waste, you do not require Woodsure
certification.

You may wish to still apply to Woodsure for to utilise the benefits of the scheme.

Woodsure Quality Assurance Scheme

Becoming Woodsure Approved offers a range of practical, commercial benefits to anyone involved in timber production, woodland management, woodfuel production, or its supply and distribution.

Ready to Burn Scheme

The Ready to Burn certification scheme is backed by the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to support The Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020.

It is applied to wood fuels and Manufactured Solid Fuels (MSF).

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