In the past, many towns and cities of the UK suffered with terrible smog. The Clean Air Act was one of several government measures introduced to help reduce smoke pollution and improve the quality of the air that we breathe.
Some parts of the UK are now designated smoke control areas (also known as smokeless zones). In a smokeless zone you can only burn fuel on the list of ‘authorised fuels’, which does not include ordinary wood fuel such as seasoned or kiln dried logs. Your local authority will be able to tell you if your property is within a smokeless zone.
Coal and wood can be burnt in a smokeless zone in some exempt appliances. Click here for more details about exempt appliances. The manufacturer’s guidelines must be followed in relation to which fuels can be used in the appliance.