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'Smoke Control Areas' Are Warned About Burning Unauthorised Fuels


For those in a smoke controlled area (sometimes known as a smokeless area), there are strict burning rules and regulations that must be adhered to. offers advice to potential buyers and current owners on how to comply with this act and avoid a possible £1,000 fine.

Evesham, Worcestershire (PRWEB UK) 25 October 2012

As British Gas and many other providers plan to raise their prices, the cost of heating the house continues to rise and is forcing some people to look towards alternative methods of heating.

Currently, one of the most popular and efficient methods of alternative heating is a wood burning stove as they also provide atmosphere and stunning visual looks on top of a fantastic heat output. Despite this, there are some rules and regulations that need to be followed, especially in zones which are deemed to be ‘smokeless' or ‘smoke controlled areas'. This should be checked before installation as if affects what fuels can be burnt in the stove, unless a DEFRA exempt stove is purchased/installed.

According to the Clear Air Act of 1993, users found to be burning ordinary coal, garden waste or wood which aren't ‘authorised fuels' could be found guilty of breaching the act which can lead to a potential fine of up to £1,000. For those who aren't aware of what zone they currently reside in, DEFRA recommend contacting your local authority's Environmental Health or Protection department for further information.

The warning was originally issued to the stove owners in Rugby town centre; however, due to the lack of knowledge regarding smokeless zones, has decided to try and educate those who may not be aware of this act and help them avoid unwanted fines.

Paul Dickinson, Product Manager at offered the following: “A full list of authorised fuels can be found on the DEFRA website which we will provide a link to at the bottom. But this isn't your only option; a DEFRA exempt stove allows the owner to burn any fuel within a smoke controlled area. Obviously these stoves won't be your average cheap wood burners and instead they'll have a slightly heftier price tag attached to them – but considering the efficiency of new, modern stoves, it's still a much better investment than a regular heating system! Especially as over the coming year's gas and electric prices will continue to rise...”

As promised, a link to the DEFRA website which states exempt appliances, authorised fuels, information on smoke controlled areas and a bit of background into the act: is currently hosted on the new and constantly expanding Online Home Retail Network. The OHR network at present hosts around 50 separate websites which all sell a wide range of products; anything from spa baths and cordless grinders to toilet seats and camping equipment. Online Home Retail Limited originally started out as Plumbworld Ltd back in 1999 and since then it has been bought by the Grafton Group PLC in 2006 and received a major rebrand in 2012. The business now employs close to 60 people in its purpose built warehouse & offices, along with a turnover that is nearing £25 million a year.

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