Wherever you live, it’s important to understand any local regulations in place. If you live in a town or city, it’s more than likely that you live in a Smoke Control Area. Read on to find out more.
Smoke Control Areas, or sometimes referred to as Smoke Control Zones, were implemented in the 1950s and 1960s to help tackle the growing pollution following the Industrial Revolution.
Most towns and cities tend to be considered Smoke Control Areas, which means you must meet the smoke emission standards for these areas. You can find out if you live in a Smoke Control Area by contacting your local council.
If you live in a Smoke Control Area, you can only burn authorised smokeless fuels on a multi-fuel appliance. To find out which smokeless fuels can be used, head to the DEFRA website for a full list.
You can enjoy burning wood in a Smoke Control Area, as long as you use a DEFRA-exempt appliance which enables you to do so.
When you purchase your new wood burning stove, your Local Expert Retailer will be able to advise if your appliance is DEFRA-exempt or not. Stovax & Gazco offer the largest range of DEFRA-exempt stoves and fires in the UK, meaning there is an option to suit almost any home.
Even if you have a DEFRA-exempt stove, it is important we all do our part to minimise emissions and improve air quality where possible. We recommend:
Read more about burning right to improve air quality here.
If you have any further questions on choosing a DEFRA-exempt stove for a property situated in a Smoke Control Area, speak to your Local Expert Retailer for more guidance.