Wood fuel and home heating


Date to be announced
This course runs from 9.00am to 5.00pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.

Learn how to heat your home efficiently and sustainably using wood fuel.

What will the Wood fuel and home heating course cover?

This one-day course is suitable for beginners and will cover the basics of wood fuel home heating. Andy has been running this course in various forms for some time and has seem dramatic changes in technology and interest, but the course derives from a few basic rules that frequently seem to be forgotten.

He also seeks to dispel many popular myths about wood burning stoves including which wood burns best, use of the chimney damper, how long to season firewood, is arboricultural waste timber sustainable? and much more.

The term “wood fuel” now encompasses several technologies; traditional split logs, woodchip and wood pellet. Each of these systems will be discussed during the course with focus put on those of most interest to the group. The course will include the possible benefits of fuel autonomy, carbon, local economies, and sustainability.

By the end of the course participants will have gained an understanding of:

  • Woodlands and firewood production, buying firewood and continuous supply management
  • Woodshed design and storage
  • Moisture content and drying
  • Types of stove and technologies
  • Pellet and chip systems and hot water systems
  • Integration with other renewables
  • ….and more

A taste of what you’ll learn

Watch Andy describe the course on Youtube

Who is the Wood fuel and home heating course for?

This course is open to anyone aged 16 or over.  It is for anyone who would like to learn how and why wood fuel is desirable and helpful. This course will be suitable for those interested in wood fuel systems as well as those who are already using wood fuel but would like to recap or improve their existing systems, knowledge and uses.

Brighton Permaculture Trust aims to meet the needs of participants with physical disabilities and leaning difficulties. If you have any issues which you feel may affect your ability to attend or participate in this course/event, please contact us to discuss them prior to booking.

Learning methods and outcomes

As part of the course, participants will learn techniques for efficient wood fuel home heating, fuel storage and use. Several scenarios are discussed so that the participants can align the theory with a practical application in their own home. Course participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate, which will be sent via email after the course.

Course tutor

Andy Reynolds is a long-term practitioner in low impact living, and has been running the family home on wood, solar and wind for several decades. He is the author of Heating with Wood and runs a YouTube channel to provide open source ideas and information. A copy of Andy’s book will be given to participants as part of this course.

Mischa Hewitt will be assisting. Mischa was one of the project managers of Earthship Brighton, is the author of the book Earthships in Europe, and has an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies (Distinction) from the Centre for Alternative Technology. He is a building consultant, domestic and non-domestic energy assessor, and has worked on many eco renovation projects.


Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex)
South East England

Get directions to Stanmer Park.

If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.

Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.

Recommended resources

No reading is required prior to the Wood fuel and home heating course. The resources listed here are recommendations only:


Fees include tuition, refreshments and information sheets.

  • £197.50 – Sponsored/organisation rate
  • £197.50 – Individual income more than 25k/yr
  • £160 – Individual income 18-25k/yr
  • £122.50 – Individual income less than 18k/yr
  • £85 – Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility)

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.

See the  cancellations and refunds policy.

Booking the Wood fuel and home heating course

Booking is essential, as most of our courses/events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.

Please do not book unless you are able to pay for your place.

Paying for your place

Please read this section carefully.

When you complete the booking process, you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you haven’t received that email within the next few hours, please contact us immediately, as this email contains vital information regarding your booking.

You can pay when you book your place using a credit/debit card or PayPal, or you can tick the ‘Pay later’ box (in the Event Fee section), which gives you the option to pay by BACS or send us a cheque after you have booked. If you choose to pay later, you will have 7 days to pay for your place. Bookings that remain unpaid on our system for longer than that will expire. You will receive notification of this expiration by email. If you then decide you want to come, you will need to contact us to see if there is a still a place available for you.

If you are booking within two weeks of the course, or the course is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay later. Instead, you will need to pay immediately at the point of booking using a credit card or PayPal.

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