Some parts of the country are smoke control areas, where you can only use certain types of fuel.
Find out if you live in a smoke control area
Contact your local council to see if you live in a smoke control area. The environmental services department will be able to help you.
What you can burn in smoke control areas
In a smoke control area you can only burn:
- low volatile steam coals
- authorised fuels
Oil and kindling
You can use oil or other liquid fuels in specially designed fireplaces. Kindling can sometimes also be used - but ask your council first as there are different rules in different areas.
Barbecues and chimineas
You’re allowed barbecues and chimineas, but if your barbecue lets smoke out through a chimney of a building - like a summerhouse - it’s only allowed if it uses gas or electricity.
Exempt appliances that can burn banned fuels
Some boilers, cookers and stoves are allowed to burn banned fuels, which include:
- wood chips and pellets
There’s a list of exempt appliances on the Defra website.
You’re allowed garden bonfires in smoke control areas but you need to follow the rules on bonfires.