Solid Fuel Appliances

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 Smoke 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.

Last updated: September 2013 

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