Authorised Fuels & Exempt Appliances

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Authorised Fuels

Authorised fuels are fuels which are authorised by Statutory Instruments (Regulations) made under the Clean Air Act 1993. These include inherently smokeless fuels such as gas, electricity and anthracite together with specified brands of manufactured solid smokeless fuels. These fuels have passed tests to confirm that they are capable of burning in an open fireplace without producing smoke. A list of fuels which are authorised for use in Smoke Control Areas is available from DEFRA.

Advice: There are safety risks from incorrect storage of fuels. All users should check with their supplier how to store fuel safely.

Exempt Appliances

Exempt appliances are appliances (ovens, wood burners and stoves) which have been exempted by Statutory Instruments (Orders) under the Clean Air Act 1993. These have passed tests to confirm that they are capable of burning an unauthorised or inherently smoky solid fuel without emitting smoke. A list of appliances which are exempt for use in Smoke Control Areas is available from DEFRA.

Advice: For safety reasons, care should be taken to ensure that all exempt appliances are correctly installed and properly maintained (including flues and chimneys). Only fuel for which the appliance is designed should be used.

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