With manufacturers racing to introduce their latest clean wood-burning or multi-fuel stove it is easy to see why the industry has been swept away with the hype. Many people thinking about buying a stove are likely to have heard of the term DEFRA and how it is extremely important for country. However, that does not necessarily mean that they understand the term, or know what it means.

In the 1950s and 1960s smog was a huge issue due to the domestic and industrial burning of coal. This smog has been blamed for the early deaths of hundreds of people within the UK. In response to this the government issued the Clean Air Acts of 1956 and 1968, which granted local authorities the power to create smoke control areas. This meant that domestic properties within this area were banned from making smoke emissions, and industrial companies could not burn anything that would produce grit, dust, fumes or dark smoke.

Since then, many areas within the UK are now smoke controlled, especially within major towns, cities and industrial areas. The introduction of these zones vastly decreased smog and made gas a popular source of domestic heating.

However in recent years the price of fuel has gone through the roof meaning that more and more people cannot afford to heat their home through gas or oil. This has triggered an interest in alternate energy sources.

Since the 50’s manufacturers have come a long way in the production of solid fuel stoves. This popular heating device which was once no more than a small box with a fire inside has progressed through the years to become the clean burning heater we use today. Manufacturers have managed to develop advanced combustion systems to help increase efficiency and reduce emissions.

People that use clean burning stoves have also benefited from reduced fuel bills due to the stove using more of the fuel for heat whilst kicking less back out into the environment.

Anyone living in a smoke control zone can still use a solid fuel heating system within their home, so long as they pick one of two options. The first option is to burn only authorised smokeless fuel, whereas the second is to use a DEFRA approved stove.

DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) is solely responsible for all legislation relating to smoke control areas, and holds a master list of wood burning and multi-fuel stoves that comply with legal guidelines.

A DEFRA stove is one that has been independently tested and proved to burn wood clean enough to stick to the strict standards set for smoke emissions.

For the latest range of BFM-Europe’s DEFRA approved stoves visit our website at: www.portwaystoves.com