Solid fuel appliances, such as wood
burning stoves, are becoming more popular. If you operate such an
appliance, or are thinking about getting one, it is important to
understand what is required.
Firstly, consider if you are in a
Control Area. If you are you will need to ensure you use an
Exempt Appliance or Authorised Fuel. It is an offence to acquire an
"unauthorised fuel" for use within a smoke control area unless it
is used in an "exempt" appliance.
Installation of a heating
appliance, or modification to a chimney, must be carried out in
accordance with Building Regulations. There is also a requirement
that Building Control Consent is obtained for such work unless the
work is carried out by a Competent Person. For solid fuel and wood
burning appliances a Competent Person is someone who is registered
with a scheme operator, such as HETAS.
It is important to operate any
appliance in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Improper installation, maintenance or operation of a solid fuel
appliance may cause a serious risk to health.
The Council often receives the
complaints relating to smoke from solid fuel appliances. We advise
you talk to your neighbours before you start using such appliances.
This can help to prevent future disputes.