At Orchard Ovens we take pride in ourselves as being a pioneer of the introduction of wood fired ovens to the UK in 2002.  Over the past two decades we have supplied and installed many thousands of Valoriani wood fired ovens across the UK for residential customers, celebrity Chefs and A-Listers. Right from the start we worked closely with the manufacturer Forni Valoriani and DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) to ensure our ovens met UK environmental compliance requirements.

All Forni Valoriani ovens imported and supplied by Orchard Ovens in the UK are DEFRA  Licensed and have been awarded a clean air exemption certificate due to their low emissions ratings. These UK specified ovens are unique to Orchard Ovens as the sole UK distributor for Refrattari Valoriani Srl.

They qualify as exempt fireplaces under statutory instruments:

2007 No. 2462, Clean Air England, the smoke control areas (exempted fireplaces) (England) Order 2007, that allows our range of ovens to be operated within smokeless zones across the United Kingdom.

When operated correctly and as advised by us, all Valoriani ovens are carbon neutral.


To comply with the UK DEFRA smoke exemption certificate for your Valoriani oven, you must burn properly seasoned or kiln dried hardwood logs with a moisture content of less than 20%. This can be ordered from all good stockists or by going to:


  1. Please check the Government website as many oven manufacturers claim DEFRA Licensing but do not have it.
  2. Using a smoke cleansing device such as a “smoki” or burning artificial log substitutes does not constitute DEFRA compliance.
  3. Local Authorities are empowered to close down or remove any Non DEFRA Licensed oven.


Help is here when you need us:

As a team of wood fired oven owning enthusiasts and being passionate about our customers having the best experiences with their ovens, we are very happy to share our knowledge and experiences of operating a wood fired oven under all sorts of conditions.

If you need further assistance in getting the best out of your oven, please do call or drop us an email and one of our team will be happy to help.

If you are enjoying your oven please tell us by leaving a review on our website, it will be great to hear from you and you will be entered into our monthly draw for an Orchard Ovens pizza stone.

Call or email:

TELEPHONE: 01772 250000


Further help and support is also available here: https://




This information is provided as a guide only. Orchard Ovens accept no liability for damage caused to an oven or for the spoiling of food cooked in it by failure to follow the guidance as written or our direct support as may have been given.

Orchard Ovens – 2021