If you live in a clean air area then the smoke control act may very well effect you and your oven. So before you go and build an oven in your garden and spend possibly thousands of pounds on it please make sure that you are in the clear.
It has taken me more than 18 months and quite literally tens of thousands of pounds to get clarification on how the law may apply to an oven in domestic use.
The clean air act says in brief that it is an offence to emit smoke from the chimney of a building or to use an un licenced fuel in an un exempt appliance.
Early discussions with defra excluded wood burning pizza ovens in the garden as it was felt that wood burning ovens would fall under the same legislation as a bbq or a chimenea and as a result you could only be prosecuted for creating a nusciance to your neighbours ie smoking them out.
It is quite clear that a bbq or a chimenea can not be called a building, but an oven on the other hand has a chimney and when built in could be considered a building and as a result quite clearly could fall under the clean air regulations .
Early in 2009 one of my customers built one of our ovens into a housing in his garden, the neighbours were an unappreciative bunch and complained to the local environmental officer who deemed the oven to be non compliant and he was offered the choice of removing the oven with a warning or face a 1000 pound fine each time he used it.
As a result of this injustice I deemed to put all of our ovens through the smoke control testing thinking that it would cost a couple of thousand pounds and take a couple of months . I was mistaken and it seems that as the first person to put wood burning ovens through the tests defra now have to re write the rule book but after getting my local MP involved I am happy top say that from the 6th of April 2011 the Dingley dell range of commercial and domestic ovens will be on the statute as the only uk made wood burning ovens that have this exemption and 1 of only 3 manufacturers world wide.
Over the last year I have seen many ovens on sale claiming to have exemption under some european certification some of these companies are quite large organisations so Please beware these ovens are not exempt and with more people wanting to have wood fired ovens in their gardens the regulations will just get enforced more and more stringently .
When you buy an oven from us you are buying more than 11 years of dedication and development our ovens are not cheap, they are a high quality product that has stood the test of time in through the vagaries of our very unique English weather.
I have spoken to so many people that have tried to build their own oven from scratch and who have admitted that it cost more than one of ours and took much longer to build than they thought it would but worst of all they are illegal and they could face prosecution for using it.
At Dingley Dell you will get an oven that you can install and use the same weekend and once installed you will not be open to prosecution for using it .
Below is the link to the clean air website where you will find a list of all the exempt appliances if your supplier is not on this list the oven is not exempt you will also find a link to the clean air areas so you can see if you are going to be open to prosecution for using an nonexempt appliance.
This list has just been updated 6th april 2011 here is the link to the government legislation website .If the oven that you are looking to install is not on this list it is not exempt so beware.
You will find our ovens under the name Bushman wood burning pizza ovens
Ps this info will be required especially if you are looking to install an oven into a commercial premises.
If you have any questions on this info please do not hesitate to call me I will be happy to help and advise .