The traditional Christmas gathering around an open fire is under threat by a government investigation into whether the increasing popularity of wood-burning stoves and traditional open fires is damaging people’s health.
Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, is to launch a consultation in the New Year which will examine pollutants caused by wet wood and smoky coal.
Its findings will feed into the Government’s clean air strategy, which is being published in the Autumn.
A source told The Telegraph that the consultation will be “very open” and rather than recommending specific policies will invite submissions about the problem.
But it is feared that if his department backs tighter restrictions on the burning of wood in homes it will have a huge knock-on effect on families who have spend hundreds of pounds on the fashionable