DEFRA approved multi-fuel stoves for use in smokeless zones

Eco-technology and multifuel stoves

Coal burns best on a raised cast iron grate with air being drawn through it. Multi-fuel stoves (those capable of burning both wood and smokeless coal) normally incorporate this feature, with the lower air intake providing the necessary air supply into the heart of the fire, ensuring a clean efficient burn.

The high efficiency levels (70%-82%) and low smoke emissions from a DEFRA stove exempt the stove from those banned under UK Clean Air Act (1993), enabling it to be legally used for burning both fuels in designated smoke control areas.

Normal house coal is unsuitable for burning in DEFRA approved multi-fuel stoves, but all manufacturers readily state approved smokeless fuels in their operation manuals.

We are an independent Birmingham based family business with over 25 years experience in the specialist fields of woodburning stoves, fires, flues, and chimneys. We are registered HETAS engineers and experienced project managers. We are pleased to carry out site visits and surveys and happy to discuss any specific projects or requirements clients may have.

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Cottage Fires and Woodstoves
Showroom Open Thursday, Friday and Saturdays:
1257-59 Pershore Rd
Birmingham B30 2YT
Tel 0121 458 6550


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Professionally installed woodburning and multi- fuel stoves are required by law to comply with Building Regulations and Health and Safety legislation.

Use an approved and registered HETAS Heating Engineer or other competent installer to carry out such work.

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Due to the terms of our Insurance Policies, we are unable to provide any technical information or assistance, except by full site visit and survey.