Many believe that wood stoves are environmentally friendly, as they help to relax, and feel reassuring when you see a blazing fire, but in fact may pose a real health hazard.
Scientists have warned that stoves may put people at risk from emissions from burning wood, which is six times as much as pollution from a diesel-powered truck, which could damage health.
The researchers found that wood stoves produce fine particles known as PM2.5, the most harmful form of air pollution, linked to heart attacks, strokes, cancer and dementia.
Dr Gary Fuller, a leading pollution scientist at King's College in London, said the work was "urgently" done to reduce mania with wood burning stoves, as they put lives at risk.
Fuller warned that burning wood could produce about six times as much pollution as a modern diesel truck, or 18 times more than a modern diesel.
"Burning wood stifles the atmosphere in Britain, adding to the smoke particles from traffic and the industry that causes thousands of preventable deaths," Fuller said in his new book this month. "The smoke they produce is almost invisible, Especially when compared to the deadly smoke of the 20th century. "
The study found that wood smoke adds more polluting particles to the air. Fuller said the worst thing is that stoves "release their fumes in residential areas at a time when people are likely to be indoors."
The "modern danger of burning wood in urban areas" was first spotted in Paris in 2005, when doctoral student Oliver Faves measured air pollution in the city's park and observed a pattern that could not be linked to diesel fumes.
Vavaz continued his measurements for five weeks, concluding that every night, especially on weekends, the air was polluted by burning wood, and smoke added between 10 percent and 20 percent to pollute the city's particles.
In 2010, Dr. Fowler and his research team at King's College London put 20-mile sampling devices across London, proving that burning wood accounted for 10 percent of the particulate pollution that Londoners breathed during the winter.
Additional particulate contamination from wood burning was six times greater than the pollution of particles provided by low emissions.
Dr. Fowler said politicians were not interested in this issue until 2015, when a government study found that one out of 12 houses in the UK burned wood and produced 2.6 times more polluted particles than vehicle exhausts.
Previous studies have found that air pollutant particles caused 29,500 premature deaths in Britain in 2010 and that a short period of high air pollution in March and April 2014 caused about 1,650 additional deaths.
Scientists have discovered that wood smoke changes over time, as gases and particles interact in smoke and then make more pollution particles.
Scientists stressed the need for urgent action because "lives are at risk" as the British government unveiled plans in May to improve air quality but did not include a ban on wood stoves.