Appliance & Fuel Guide

Some solid fuel appliances can be very similar in appearance, and different appliances perform at their optimum with different fuels. All appliances are explained, along with the ideal fuels to use:

Open Fireplaces

These usually include an open grate, an air vent below and a fireguard with the sole purpose of heating the room where the fireplace is located. House coal doubles are ideal for small and medium open fireplaces and house coal trebles are ideal for medium and large/Victorian style open fireplaces. However, house coal are not permitted for smoke control areas.

The upcoming May 2023 ban in England on the sale of house coal has raised questions about alternative smokeless fuels. We also supply Homeflame, Newburn, Homefire Ovals and Ecoal 50 which are all ideal for open fireplaces. Although Anthracite, Taybrite and Phurnacite can burn well enough on an open fire, there are cost effective alternatives.

Firewood is suitable for open fireplaces - you could mix coal or the ideally listed smokeless fuels with firewood if you prefer.

Ideal Fuels: House Coal Doubles, House Coal Trebles, Homefire Ovals, Homeflame, Newburn, Ecoal 50
Suitable Fuels: Premier Logs, Blazeaway Long Burn Logs, Seasoned Firewood

Multi-fuel Stoves

Multi-fuel stoves are suitable for burning both smokeless fuel and firewood. A multi-fuel stove has a raised grate for air to get to smokeless fuel from below and for ash to run down the dust pan. You could mix firewood with smokeless fuel if you prefer. However, we don't recommend the use of house coal in multi-fuel stoves unless approved by the manufacturer. This is because not all multi-fuel stoves are designed to cope with the emission that house coal generates. As multi-fuel stove designs have evolved significantly over the last ten years or so, it is highly unlikely that house coal would be suitable for a modern day multi-fuel stove.

Some models include a back boiler which supply heat to a hot water and central heating system. There are a wide range of fuels which are suitable for a multi-fuel stove.

Ideal Fuels: Homefire Ovals, Homeflame, Newburn, Ecoal 50, Taybrite, Maxibrite, Premier Logs, Blazeaway Long Burn Logs (small stoves), Flaming Logs (small stoves), Seasoned Firewood
Suitable Fuels: Anthracite Small Nuts, Anthracite Large Nuts, Phurnacite, Blazeaway Long Burn Logs (medium stoves), Flaming Logs (medium stoves)

Wood Burners 

Wood burners contain a flat bed. As firewood is more reliant on air coming from above, they will burn more efficiently on a bed of ash in a wood burner. For optimum performance and to optimise the lifespan of your wood burner, we highly recommend Premier Logs! Some wood burner models include a back boiler which supply heat to a hot water and central heating system.

Coal and smokeless fuels are not suitable for wood burners, they will not burn efficiently. A wood burner should only ever be used to burn wood.

Ideal Fuels: Premier Logs, Seasoned Firewood, Blazeaway Long Burn Logs, Flaming Logs


Some roomheaters can be very similar in appearance to a multi-fuel stove. Roomheater stoves are designed with the sole purpose to supply heat to be circulated to a hot water and central heating system, with the added bonus of a real fire inside your home. Common makes include Rayburn and Parkray. These are designed to run on smokeless fuels. Phurnacite offers the best results, though Homefire Ovals and Ecoal 50 can also burn well enough in a roomheater appliance.

Ideal Fuels: Anthracite Small Nuts, Anthracite Large Nuts, Maxibrite, Taybrite, Phurnacite
Suitable Fuels: Homeflame, Newburn, Homefire Ovals, Ecoal 50

Solid Fuel Cookers

Whilst the primary purpose of cookers is for cooking, some cookers also provide central heating and hot water. Common manufacturers are Aga and Rayburn. Anthracite large nuts are ideal for Aga cookers because of the long lasting fire bed that they create. Alternatively, Phurnacite offers premium performance for all cooking appliances.

Ideal Fuels: Anthracite Small Nuts, Anthracite Large Nuts, Maxibrite, Phurnacite
Suitable Fuels: Taybrite, Premier Logs

Solid Fuel Boilers

Soild fuel boilers come in a wide range of makes and appearances, with the sole purpose of providing a central heating system with enough heat to heat the entire home. Solid fuel boilers can either be located in a living room, kitchen or a boiler room. These are usually heated by smokeless fuels, though firewood are also suitable for boiler appliances.

Ideal Fuels: Anthracite Small Nuts, Anthracite Large Nuts, Taybrite, Phurnacite
Suitable Fuels: Maxibrite, Premier Logs, Seasoned Firewood

Pizza Ovens

For best results, kiln dried hardwood will give pizza ovens the fuel that it craves. Flaming Logs and Premier Logs are both ideal for pizza ovens.

Ideal Fuels: Flaming Logs, Premier Logs

Fire Pits

Flaming Logs are perfect for small fire pits. For larger fire pits - Flaming Logs and Premier Logs both work well, then once you've got a solid base going you could include seasoned firewood. If your fire pit has a grate at the bottom and you're looking for that prolonged red glow you could add Homeflame or Newburn smokeless fuels to the mix. Other smokeless fuels (although suitable) are best utilised for closed appliances. House coal meanwhile will give off a lot of smoke to begin with, so is not advised in a group gathering. Avoid poorly seasoned firewood!

Ideal Fuels: Flaming Logs, Premier Logs, Seasoned Firewood, Blazeaway Long Burn Logs
Suitable Fuels: Homeflame (fire pits with a grate) Newburn (fire pits with a grate)


Flaming Logs are ideal for chimineas also. Once you've got a red glow flowing you could then add Premier Logs or Blazeaway Long Burn Logs. Seasoned firewood could also be added once you've established a solid base, though will smoke if you apply them too soon.

Ideal Fuels: Flaming Logs, Premier Logs, Blazeaway Long Burn Logs, Seasoned Firewood

Gravity Feed Boilers

Big in the 70s and 80s, gravity feed boilers were a very cost effective way to source central heating. Only Anthracite grains and Anthracite beans should ever be used to feed the gravity feed boiler.

Ideal Fuels: Anthracite Grains


New soild fuel appliances as of 1st January 2022 will be required by law to be Ecodesign ready. However, you will not need to modify or replace your existing appliance.

Fire & Chimney Safety

In order to keep the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney fires down to a minimum we offer this advice -

- Do not store logs or other flammable materials next to your stove
- Avoid firewood above 30% moisture
- Do not leave roaring fires unattended
- Use a fireguard on an open fire when necessary
- Empty your ash pan regularly
- Have your chimney swept at least once a year, at least twice a year if you burn house coal or seasoned logs and at least four times a year if you burn poorly seasoned firewood
- Use smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Have a stove maintenance check once a year


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