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Here at Denton Stove Centre, we recognise that the stove industry can appear confusing to a first-time buyer. After all, there are a variety of different stoves on the market to choose from and a number of expert terms used to describe them. Luckily, we have made it our mission in order to ensure that every client is paired with the most appropriate stove for their requirements. Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of history is the implementation of Smoke Control Zones. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about them and how they relate to the stove industry…

The Great Smog of London

In 1952, the city of London was affected by air-pollution that was so severe, it was dubbed The Great Smog. This 5-day period was caused by the combustion of coal that contained high levels of volatile materials and statistics suggest that around 12,000 died in the weeks that followed due to respiratory related conditions. This led to the creation of the Clean Air Act of 1956 which introduced Smoke Control Zones in order to tackle growing concerns regarding air pollution.

Why is smokeless fuel so popular?

One of the most notorious ways that Smoke Control Zones work is by regulating which fuels can and cannot be burned inside them. After all, smoke is a common cause of air pollution so it must be heavily monitored. As a result, the purchase of smokeless fuels like anthracite has soared over the years because it is the most effective smokeless coal on the market. In addition to this, it also provides a very dependable and efficient flame when lit and is burned in the exact same way as traditional coals albeit with a stronger air flow.

What is a DEFRA approved stove?

The fuels that a property owner can burn are not the only thing that is monitored in Smoke Control Zones as the appliances often have to be approved by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in order for them to be utilised. This means that the unit has been slightly modified by the manufacturer in order to control how much smoke it creates as a fuel is burned, ensuring that they comply with the Clean Air Act and can be used in Smoke Control Zones.

When it comes to choosing the most appropriate stove, it is important to find out whether the property in question is located within a Smoke Control Zone. After all, these are areas appointed by the government which means that local councils have the final say over the appliances that can be used and the fuels that can be burned in them. To find out more information about purchasing a DEFRA approved stove, get in contact with the best stoves Manchester has to offer and speak to a member of the Denton Stove Centre team today!

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