What You Need to Know About Smokeless Fuel

Smokeless fuel isn't literally smokeless but it produces much, much less smoke than the traditional solid fuels. As a result, some smokeless fuel brands have thus also been approved for Smoke Control Areas.

Natural Vs Manufactured Smokeless Fuels

There are two types of smokeless fuel that have been authorised for Smoke Control Areas - natural such as anthracite and manufactured fuels which are mostly made from coal such as coke (brand name coalite). However, it is important to keep in mind that not all smokeless fuels which are labelled as such are authorised for Smoke Control Areas. To check which smokeless fuels you are allowed to burn in your country, please visit the DEFRA website where you can find a list of all manufacturers and fuels that are authorised for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Advantages of Burning Smokeless Fuel

Even if you don't live in a Smoke Control Area, burning smokeless fuel offers several advantages over the traditional solid fuels such as coal including:

- Lower cost. Although smokeless fuel is more expensive than the traditional solid fuels, it is actually less expensive to burn. This is due to the fact that it is much more efficient; some brands have an efficiency of over 60 percent as opposed to coal which reaches only about 28 percent. As a result, you need to burn much less to get the same amount of heat.

- Less re-fuelling. In addition to being more efficient, smokeless fuel also burns longer than coal. The time between re-fuels varies greatly from one brand to another but it is possible to find smokeless fuels that last 40 percent longer than natural coal.

- More environmentally friendly. Though not entirely smoke-free, smokeless fuel produces a lot less smoke than the traditional solid fuels. But besides producing only a fraction of smoke produced by other solid fuels, it is also producing a lot less carbon dioxide which makes it much more environmentally friendly.


Please keep in mind that smokeless fuel can be burned only in multi-fuel stoves. If you own a stove that was made for burning wood logs, you are highly recommended not to burn anything but logs otherwise you are risking a potentially unrepairable damage to your appliance. In addition, burning fuels which haven't been specifically approved as suitable by the manufacturer can void the guarantee. Please read the stove's manual to determine whether it can also be used to burn smokeless fuel. If you no longer have the manual or if you have any questions about which fuels are suitable for your stove, please contact the manufacturer.