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AGA Stoves Has The Answer For Woodburning Stoves Fans Who Want The Most Environmentally-Friendly Solution

AGA Stoves has announced the latest additions to its popular range of cast iron stoves.


AGA Stoves has announced the latest additions to its popular range of cast iron stoves.
The new Ludlow and Stretton SE (smoke exempt) AGA stoves are designed to be installed in smoke control zones, such as town and city centres, and meet the strict requirements of the 1993 Clean Air Act.

Yet both boast compact and elegant designs.

The Ludlow SE is designed for medium-sized properties, with a nominal heat output of 6.5kW, which can rise to a maximum 9.7kW. User-friendly features include a ’cool touch’ handle, removable shaker grate, ash pan, fire fence, and front ash tray.

It can be easily fitted almost anywhere, thanks to its top and rear flue outlets.

Maximum efficiency is achieved thanks to the AGA Stoves Ludlow SE’s controllable ’air wash’ system. This uses air taken in through the top of the stove to wash down the front of the interior glass and keep it clean. In turn, this helps reduce fuel costs and keep emissions low.

The Stretton SE is designed to be easily fitted into a 16-inch (405mm) or 18-inch (460mm) fireplace. With a smaller output than the Ludlow SE, of 4.9kW, this model is also designed so that it can be left to burn overnight, resulting in a lovely warm room in the morning.

Features are the same as on the Ludlow SE, and are designed to make cleaning the stove as easy as possible.

“The Ludlow SE and Stretton SE are DEFRA-approved for burning wood, giving testament to their advanced combustion systems,” said Richard Fozard, Marketing Director of AGA Rangemaster.

“These stoves and highly efficient, and with gas and electricity prices continuing to rise, a wood-burning stove can be an economical alternative, or a useful compliment to, central heating systems.”

These two new models join a range which includes AGA’s Little Wenlock Classic SE, a wood-burning stove purpose-designed for small spaces which does not require an air vent in the room.

The high standard of manufacture of all AGA Living products ensures that they meet all Europe-wide health, safety and environmental protection legislation, and this quality is reinforced by a five-year parts and one-year labour warranty on all new stoves and range cookers.

To find out more about the full range of AGA cookers and stoves, visit

Smoke Control Areas, or Smoke Control Zones as they are sometimes referred to, have been designated by local authorities in many towns and cities in the UK, including virtually all of London, Manchester and Belfast. The North West, Midlands, South Yorkshire and North East of England as well as Central and Southern Scotland, all have large designated Smoke Control Areas.
Under the Clean Air Act local authorities may declare the whole or part of the district of the authority to be a smoke control area. It is an offence to emit smoke from a chimney of a building, from a furnace or from any fixed boiler if located in a designated smoke control area.

It is also an offence to acquire an “unauthorised fuel” for use within a smoke control area unless it is used in an “exempt” appliance (“exempted” from the controls which generally apply in the smoke control area). The current maximum level of fine is £1,000 for each offence.
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has powers under the Act to authorise smokeless fuels or exempt appliances for use in smoke control areas in England. In Scotland and Wales this power rests with Ministers in the devolved administrations for those countries. Separate legislation, the Clean Air (Northern Ireland) Order 1981, applies in Northern Ireland. Therefore it is a requirement that fuels burnt or obtained for use in smoke control areas have been “authorised” in Regulations and that appliances used to burn solid fuel in those areas (other than “authorised” fuels) have been exempted by an Order made and signed by the Secretary of State or Minister in the devolved administrations.
The local authority is responsible for enforcing the legislation in smoke control areas and you can contact them for details of any smoke control areas in their area. They should also have details of the fuels and appliances which may be used.


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