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Stoves for Smoke Control Areas


Defra exempt stoves are designed and certified for use in smoke control areas in the UK. Wood is not a smokeless fuel but when burnt in a Defra exempt stove it meets Defra’s air quality requirements.


Defra Exemption has enabled homeowners living in urban areas to share in the lifestyle benefits enjoyed by those living in the countryside. Under the Clean Air Act only stoves than have achieved Defra Exemption can be used to burn wood in a smoke control area.

The particulate material (PM) emission limits for Ecodesign is 55% lower than for Defra Exempt stoves. This is why the Mayor of London has recommended the installation of Ecodesign Ready stoves, that are also Defra Exempt, (and most are).

See what the Lord Mayor is advising.

Ecodesign ready stoves must currently also be Defra exempt to be used in smoke control areas.

Click here to see verified list of SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves on the Hetas web site.
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