Many parts of the UK , especially London are smoke control areas where you can’t emit smoke from a chimney unless you’re burning an authorised fuel or using exempt appliances, eg burners or stoves.
The fine can be up to £1,000 if you break the rules. – Lucky for you that all our fuel is permitted.
You can check your area to see if you are in a smoke controlled area here: https://www.gov.uk/smoke-control-area-rules
What you can burn in smoke control areas
In a smoke control area you can only burn fuel on the list of authorised fuels, or any of the following ‘smokeless’ fuels, unless you’re using an exempt appliance:
- low volatile steam coal
Oil and kindling
You can use oil or other liquid fuels in specially designed or adapted fireplaces.
Kindling can sometimes be used but ask your council because there are different rules in different areas.
Exempt appliances that can burn unauthorised fuels
A good choice for those in an exempt area are any DEFRA approved stove.
DEFRA approved stoves will have satisfied even more stringent emission tests for air quality. Their air wash technology along with the stoves efficiency make the stoves a worthy investment.
Unauthorised fuels, such as wood, can be burned in exempt appliances such as some boilers, cookers and stoves.
Always follow the manufacturer instructions for guidance on what fuel can be used in the appliance.
Outdoor ovens, burners and barbecues
You can use outdoor barbecues, chimineas, fireplaces, pizza ovens or smokers.
You’re allowed garden bonfires in smoke control areas but you need to follow the rules on bonfires.