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Defra Approved Stoves
When shopping for your perfect stove, you may have heard the terms ‘DEFRA approved’ or ‘smoke exempt’ used, probably more than once. These terms are widely used within the stove industry and are becoming increasingly more relevant as stoves become more efficient and environmentally friendly. So, what is a DEFRA approved stove? There are many definitions out there, all with slightly different wording, which can cause confusion when researching stoves. To put it simply, a DEFRA approved stove is one which has been modified and undergone stringent testing and has been approved to be installed and used in smoke control areas. These areas are usually cities or built up urban areas where pollution and particulate emissions must be reduced to comply with the Clean Air Act 1993. Burning wood with very little or no oxygen supply will cause excess smoke, resulting in excess particulate emissions. A DEFRA approved stove will have a constant air supply, by preventing the air controls closing fully, ensuring a cleaner burn of the wood and significantly reduced particulate emissions into the atmosphere.
So, the next question is do I need a DEFRA approved stove? The answer is simple, if you live in a city or smoke control area then yes- it is illegal to use a non-DEFRA approved appliance in a smoke control area. If you live in a non-smoke control area, you do not need a DEFRA approved appliance as the legislation does not currently affect such areas, however, it is advisable to consider an approved appliance as this legislation is constantly being monitored and updated.
There is no visible difference between a DEFRA approved and a non-DEFRA approved appliance, rather the difference is inside the stove itself, usually on the air control unit. Some manufacturers have made the modifications permanent and cannot be adjusted, with others it is an extra kit fitted by the installer when the stove is installed. Here at Firebox Stoves, we have a wide range of the best DEFRA approved stoves to suit all budgets and we can provide you with expert advice on selecting the right DEFRA approved stove for you. We have a great range of DEFRA approved 5kw stoves, both multifuel and woodburning, perfect for heating your city home.