Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find some FAQ’s we get asked by our customers about smokeless coal, heat logs and the UK smoke control areas.
What is smokeless coal?
What are the benefits of using smokeless coal?
What are heat logs?
How long do heat logs usually last?
Can I use my wood burning stove in smoke control area?
If you have a DEFRA Approved wood burning stove or multi-fuel stove, you can burn firewood that is dry and seasoned with a moisture content of 20% or less to prevent excessive smoke. You cannot burn wood such as old pallets or fencing which will release dark smoke and toxins. To find out if you wood burner or multi-fuel stove is DEFRA approved you can check here: https://smokecontrol.defra.gov.uk/appliances.php.
What fuels can I burn in my home fire if I live in a smoke control area?
What is a Smoke Control Area?
What fuels are prohibited in Smoke Control Areas?
The burning of bituminous coal, wood, oil, manufactured solid fuel, and any other fuel not specifically authorised by the local authority is prohibited in smoke control areas.
You can find a full list of approved fuels for England on the DEFRA website: https://smokecontrol.defra.gov.uk/fuels.php?country=england.
What are the penalties for burning prohibited fuels in a Smoke Control Area?
The penalties for burning prohibited fuels in a Smoke Control Area are severe and can include fines.
If you are found to be burning an unauthorised fuel, you can be fined up to £1,000. Additionally, in England you may have to pay a penalty of up to £300 if your local council decides your chimney releases too much smoke! Read more about smoke control area fines.