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Smoke control zones: explained

Reduce the harm to your environment with smokeless fuels

Promoting sustainability and caring for the environment is at the forefront of everything we do at B&Q. We want to inspire our customers to make small changes to the way they live, so that they can enjoy better homes and healthier lifestyles.

As part of this initiative, we are proud to be part of the Ready to Burn scheme. By encouraging our customers to buy smokeless fuels, we can help reduce the harmful impact that smoke emissions have on our homes, and most importantly, our environment.

Reduce the harm to your environment with smokeless fuels


DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) has put together a list of authorised fuels and exempt appliances, which may vary depending on your whereabouts in the UK. To find out which fuels you can burn if you reside in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, have a look on their webpage.

What fuels can I burn in a smoke control area?

If you’re not located in a smoke control zone, it should still be in your best interest to help the environment by opting for smokeless fuels. The Government is seeking to encourage retailers and consumers to switch to smokeless fuels and RTB wood or manufactured logs, regardless of their residential location. By making small changes, we can collectively make a big difference to the world we live in, and the quality of air that we breathe.


We stock a range of smokeless fuels, kindling and fire logs at B&Q. See our list below for a brief overview of what you can buy, along with their features and benefits. RTB wood and smokeless fuels are the same price, or sometimes even cheaper than regular fuels, so there’s no reason not to buy them!

Ecoal Smokeless Solid Fuel

Ecoal Smokeless Solid Fuel

Recommended for getting your fire off to a roaring start, Ecoal50 is a revolutionary smokeless coal which is produced from 50% renewable materials and a blend of naturally smokeless mineral fuels. It burns 38% hotter than house coal, lasts significantly longer and emits up to 40% less carbon dioxide than house coal. This revolutionary fuel emits 80% less smoke than house coal so can be used in all parts of the UK including smokeless zones.

Homefire Ecoal Smokeless Solid Fuel

Homefire Ecoal Smokeless Solid Fuel

This solid fuel is easy to use, quick and convenient with no need for kindling or firelighters. It is recommended for open fires and multi-fuel stoves, burns 38% hotter than house coal and lasts significantly longer. It uses less fuel to achieve the same heat output, which means less refuelling.

To use, simply light the bag with a match. All of our Ecoal emits 80% less smoke than house coal so can be used in all parts of the UK including smokeless zones.

Homefire Heat Logs

Homefire Heat Logs

Made from 100% recycled wood, these Homefire heat logs provide an ultra-high energy output. With no additives or chemicals, these logs make the perfect fuel for those looking to reduce their impact on the environment. Providing a great alternative to standard seasoned firewood, they’re also 100% clean with no additives or chemicals – just compressed wood and waste sawdust! Certified as dried to less than 20% moisture content, and less moisture means it burns hotter. Ideal for open fires, multi-fuel stoves and chimeneas.

Homefire Kindling Pack

Homefire Kindling Pack

This premium dry kindling wood comes from a sustainable source, and helps to ensure that the fuel lights and the fire gets off to the best possible start. It comes in a water-resistant plastic bag which keeps the dampness out and ensures that your kindling is easy to store. This product has a low impact on the environment, as trees are replanted or allowed to regenerate naturally. Suitable for use on open fires, in stoves, boilers and barbecues.

Solid Fuel Coffee Logs

Solid Fuel Coffee Logs

These eco heat logs are made from used coffee grounds that have been collected from coffee shops around the UK, and then recycled and turned into this new wonderfuel. By opting for coffee logs you can help reduce greenhouse gases and divert waste away from costly landfills. This fuel is carbon neutral and even contains 20% more energy than wood! Perfect for heating stoves and fires.


To find out whether you’re living in a smoke control area, you will need to get in touch with your local council.

Remember, whether you live in a smoke control zone or not, YOU can help to improve our air quality and the state of the environment by choosing smokeless fuels and RTB wood.