You will often hear people talking about DEFRA approved wood-burning stoves. It is a commonly used phrase for appliances that you are allowed to used in smoke control areas. We even slip into using the terminology ourselves occasionally, but strictly speaking we are wrong when we do.
That is because there is no such thing as DEFRA approved stoves. What we are all talking about when we use that phrase are DEFRA exempt stoves. Splitting hairs? Perhaps, but there is a subtle differentiation.
To say something is approved by DEFRA implies it has their endorsement, that they are vouching for its quality. In fact, the appliances in question are exempted from the Clean Air Act.
Specifically, the stoves are exempted by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in accordance with changes made to sections 20 and 21 of the Clean Air Act 1993 by section 15 of the Deregulation Act 2015 (or section 50 of the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 in Scotland or by regulations made by Welsh Ministers in Wales).
Being exempt from a piece of legislation is not the same as having approval. So, when you are confronted with a so-called DEFRA approved stove, what you are actually looking at is a DEFRA exempt appliance: one that has been shown to burn efficiently enough that the gases it emits are acceptable in smoke control areas when the owner i using the specified fuel(s), operating the stove in accordance with the instruction and installation manuals and meeting any other conditions specified by DEFRA.
Our approved DEFRA stoves
So, we cannot bring you DEFRA approved stoves, but we can bring you some approved DEFRA stoves: woodburners that are exempted by DEFRA and also have a thumbs-up from Gr8Fires. Here are some of our favourite DEFRA exempt stoves…
Mazona Rocky 6 kW Smoke Exempt Multi Fuel Stove
Our best-selling stove is hugely popular for its timeless design, quality cast iron construction and bargain price tag. It also comes with the additional benefit of being DEFRA exempt. Have a closer look.
Dimplex Langbrook 5 SE Multi-Fuel Stove
The Dimplex Langbrook boasts an unusual, contemporary design. Those rounded edges and chunky feet create an eye-catching look, which you can enjoy even if you live in a smoke control area. Have a closer look.
Thorma Horby 10.5 kW Grey Wood Burning Stove
Make a big statement with the freestanding Thorma Horby, which is modern in styling and will create an impression in any room. Have a closer look.
Aarrow i400 6kW Flexifuel Multi Fuel Stove
Aarrow stoves are always sleek and stylish. This i400 is a cassette stove that can slot into a recess for a very tidy look. Have a closer look.
Aarrow Farringdon 5kW Wood-Burning Stove
We told you Aarrow stoves are sleek and stylish. The minimal Farringdon is another case in point. Have a closer look.
Mazona Portland Inset Multi-Fuel Stove
A versatile and well-priced inset stove that slots straight into a standard fireplace opening and works well with various styles of decor. Have a closer look. Also available in black and cream enamel versions.
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