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In choosing our new wood burning stove for our boat, do we need to buy a Defra approved stove or can we use the non approved versions?

Asked by: Raymond Fowler  | 9.35am, Sunday 21 May


WW says:

A DEFRA approved stove is a stove that is designed to burn wood without producing smoke so it can be legally used within a smoke controlled area. This is usually done by ensuring that there is always enough air to ensure complete combustion even when the stove is shut down. Burning damp wood or non smokeless fuel will however produce smoke.
Boats do not come within the Clean Air Act probably because they were deemed not to be permanent fixtures like buildings; if however a boat is permanently moored it is generally neighbourly not to produce too much smoke.
So you do not need to fit a DEFRA stove, but it is important to pay close attention to the fitting of the wood burner on the boat; the details of which are summarised in a diagram available on the Soliftec website.

Rupert Smedley  | 5.54PM, Tuesday 23 May

One disadvantage of a DEFRA approved stove is that it cannot be shut down entirely, this could mean that it may not be able to keep the fire in overnight. It potentially makes it safer as the fire will always burn efficiently producing less CO gas.

Rupert Smedley  | 10.09AM, Wednesday 24 May

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