How to choose which solid fuel to use
The range of products we offer target a variety of different solid fuel users. This guide provides information to help you pick the most suitable solid fuel to use in your home.
Do you live in a smoke control area?
The first consideration is whether you live in a smoke control area. If you live in a smoke control area, our approved smokeless fuels range are the ideal solid fuel to use. Where your home does not fall into a smoke control area, any of our solid fuel products can be used.
As well as our manufactured briquette smokeless fuel range, we also offer Welch Anthracite Small Nuts. This naturally formed coal is mined in South Wales and is an approved smokeless product.
How do I know if I’m in a smoke control area?
Many parts of the UK are designated as smoke control areas where smoke emissions from chimneys are banned. There are certain exemptions, for example when using an ‘exempt appliances’ which includes some burners or stoves.
To find out if you live in a smoke control area, you should contact your local council. Their environmental services department will be able to help you.
In a smoke control area, you can only burn fuel on the list of authorised fuels. Our Approved Smokeless Fuels range are all authorised for use in Smoke Control Areas, so you can buy with confidence knowing that you are compliant with the rules.
Further information on Smoke Control Areas is available on the government website.
What type of heating appliance do you have?
Next, consider the type of appliance or heater that you have. Whether you have an open fire, closed multifuel stove, boiler or cooker appliance affects which products should be used.
The below flowchart indicates the different products available for use on various heating appliances. You can also filter our product listing by your appliance type to view suitable solid fuels to use.
Preference on size of product
The product size refers to the size of the briquette or coal lump. When burning on an open fire, larger products are recommended. When using a cooker appliance, smaller products are preferred. A range of product sizes can typically be burnt on multifuel stoves and boilers.
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British Coal Doubles
Anthracite Small Nuts
Specific product qualities
Our product pages include specific details on each of our products. If you have any questions on our range, please contact us.