What Are DEFRA Approved Stoves?

What Are DEFRA Approved Stoves?

If you're considering upgrading your home heating system or simply looking to enhance your current setup, DEFRA approved or DEFRA exempt stoves may be a term you've come across. But what exactly are DEFRA approved stoves, and why would you consider installing one in your home? In this blog, we'll explore the world of DEFRA approved stoves, discussing their benefits, our top 5 DEFRA approved stoves, and why they are a popular choice for modern homeowners.

What Are DEFRA Approved Stoves?

DEFRA stands for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, a UK government department responsible for various environmental and agricultural issues. DEFRA approved stoves are wood-burning or multi fuel appliances that meet ultra low levels of emissions as set out by DEFRA. These standards are often achieved by a second phase of combustion, meaning that waste products in the form of flue gases are re burnt ensuring the cleanest waste products are terminated.

In simple terms, DEFRA stoves are stoves that are certified for use in smoke control areas, where burning wood is subject to stricter regulations to minimise the release of emissions into the atmosphere.

Our Best Selling DEFRA Stoves

At Stove Supermarket, we have a huge range of DEFRA approved stoves, including wood burning, multi-fuel, freestanding and more. See our top 5 favourites below;

  1. Portway Arundel Multi Fuel / Wood Burning Stove - Offering a 5Kw heat output, the Portway Arundel multi-fuel / wood burning stove is perfect for medium-sized living rooms. 
  2. Salamander Hobbit Eco SE Multi Fuel / Wood Burning Stove - the UK's smallest DEFRA approved and Eco Design 2022 ready stove. Offering a heat output of 4Kw, this brilliant little stove is perfect for small fireplaces, boats, cabins, shepherd's huts, garden rooms, tree houses/yurts, and every small space in between!
  3. Hamlet Solution 5 Widescreen Multi Fuel / Wood Burning Stove - a perfect choice for those looking for an affordable British built 5Kw multi fuel / wood burning appliance
  4. Esse 1 SE Wood Burning Stove - This stove gives you many of the features associated with more expensive stoves yet for a more affordable price.
  5. ACR Tenbury T400 Eco Inset Multi Fuel / Wood Burning Stove - The ACR Tenbury T400 Eco Inset Multi Fuel / Wood Burning Stove is the perfect solution to enjoy real stove ambience in a standard 16" fireplace opening.

Why Choose a DEFRA Stove?

Legal Compliance: If you live in a smoke control area, it's essential to use an approved appliance like a DEFRA stove to comply with local regulations. Using an uncertified stove to burn wood in these areas could result in fines and legal consequences.

Health and Air Quality: DEFRA stoves help improve air quality by reducing emissions. This is of huge benefit to the environment by emitting cleaner flue gases.

Cost-Effective: DEFRA stoves often offer cost savings through high efficiency burning and can also reduce fuel consumption, making them a practical choice for heating your home.

Environmental Responsibility: By choosing a DEFRA stove, you are actively contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions and promoting sustainable heating practices, which is essential for a greener future. Wood-burning stoves offer a low-carbon alternative to heating your home using fossil fuels. Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, which is returned to the atmosphere when their wood is burned. If you source your logs or wood pellets locally, a wood stove is virtually carbon neutral.


DEFRA stoves are an excellent choice for homeowners looking to enjoy the benefits of a wood-burning stove while remaining environmentally responsible and compliant with regulations. These stoves offer clean and efficient combustion, reduced emissions, and the potential for cost savings. Furthermore, they come in a variety of styles to suit your home's aesthetic. For more information, please contact our stove experts here.

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  • Carl Smith