Coal & Smokeless Fuel Q & A

Q: What is the difference between house coal doubles and trebles?

A: The term doubles and trebles is used to describe the size of coal. Doubles is the smaller size measuring approximately 32x50mm which are ideal for smaller open fireplaces and the trebles generally measure from 50x90mm - ideal for larger open fireplaces.

Q: Why is house coal being banned in England?

A: House coal is being banned by the government in order to combat air pollution.

Q: When will house coal be banned?

A: The sale of house coal will be phased out as of 1st May 2021, then will be banned comepletely by 1st May 2023.

Q: Can I still purchase house coal between 1st May 2021 and 1st May 2023?

A: Yes, but you won't be able to purchase from outlets such as supermarkets, garages or garden centres. Only from Approved Coal Merchants like us, and they will have to be in open 25kg bags or in open 50kg sacks tipped out into your shed or bunker.

Q: Unsealed 25kg bags are too inconvenient and I don't have a shed or bunker. What are my options?

A: We can provide a bulk bag free of charge to tip 50kg loose sacks into. Feel free to request it with your order.

Q: Why do Approved Coal Merchants get a two-year extension?

A: This gives coal merchants the chance to clear their stocks and to give regular house coal users the chance to gradually switch to approved Smokeless Fuels.

Q: What are Smokeless Fuels?

A: Smokeless fuel is a type of manufactured solid fuel which gives off minimal amounts of smoke compared to traditional house coal. They are also adaptable for use with various appliances.

Q: Where are your Smokeless Fuels from?

A: We always source the best available British fuels, and always look to cater for all budgets. Anthracite is from Wales, Homeflame & Maxibrite are from South Wales, Newburn is from Teeside and Homefire Ovals & Taybrite are from North Lincolnshire.

Q: Which smokeless fuel should I switch to on an open fire?

A: Newburn, Homeflame, Homefire Ovals and Dual are all suitable for open fires.

Q: Will it be against the law to burn house coal after 1st May 2023?

A: There has been no legislation placed on burning house coal after 1st May 2023 as long as you are not in a Smoke Controlled Area.

Q: How do I know if I am in a Smoke Controlled Area?

A: You can view a list which shows the status of local authorities with respect to Smoke Control AreasBreckland, South Norfolk and Mid Suffolk have not declared any Smoke Control Areas. 

Q: Which smokeless fuel should I burn in a closed appliance?

A: It depends on the type of appliance you own, and your own preference. The smokeless fuels we supply have their own attributes -

- Anthracite is a natural long lasting fuel brought in from the Welsh mines. Ideal for use in cookers and boilers, it creates a long lasting fire bed with high heat and low flame.
- Dual is easy to light, clean burn, low CO2 emission, high heat output, beautiful red glow and very low ash.
- Homefire Ovals is premium performance! High heat, long lasting, attractive flame, clean burn, beautiful red glow, low CO2 emission, slumbers well overnight, low ash.
- Homeflame is ideal for use in multi-fuel stoves with a long flame, long burn and low CO2 emission.
- Maxibrite is a cleaner alternative to Anthracite, ideal for Agas.
- Newburn is high performance and cost effective with high heat and low ash.
- Taybrite is easy burning and slumbers well overnight.

Please view the Appliance & Fuel Guide if you are not sure which fuel is suitable for your appliance.

Q: Does the size of smokeless fuel matter?

A: It depends on visual appeal. Larger sized briquettes such as Newburn and Homefire Ovals give a more authentic look for an open fire or a stove with glass on the door, there are larger gaps for better air flow. A smaller sized briquette of similar quality however, will last a touch longer because of smaller air gaps.

Q: How should I store my coal/smokeless fuel?


A: If you order it loose then ideally in a bunker or in a dry corner of your shed. If you order in pre-packed bags store them either in a garage/shed or under tarpaulin. Store away from prolonged spells of direct sunlight as this will cause the bags to become brittle. If you open a bag at least a day or two before use this should give your coal/smokeless fuel sufficient enough time to get the air to be dry enough for your fire.

Q: Wet bagged smokeless fuel? Can I still burn it?

A: Whilst we make every effort to ensure that no rainwater gets into our pre-packed smokeless fuel products, this may occasionally happen. We advise you not to burn smokeless fuel when it is wet. However, its quality will not be affected and it soon dries out, airflow is the key! If you require your smokeless fuel to be bone dry then you could use a couple of buckets in a rotation system to help give them the air to dry. Alternatively, you could open a pre-packed bag a few days before use to air it. You could also open the lid of your bunker ajar for air. They dry out quite quickly in the sun too!

Q: Do you do summer prices?

A: Yes, summer quantity discounts on our coal & smokeless fuels have now kicked into play till 1st October. We will deliver your discounted order during the first week of October at the latest as long as you've placed your order before the end of September. Stock up big in the summer and save money!

We also have other Special Offers which might be of interest.

Q: Why are summer discounts not showing on your product list?

A: Individual prices remain the same, but quantity discounts have dropped down further. If you click on a product then view Quantity Discounts, you will see that 250kg worth will see a significant reduction, as will 500kg and 1000kg loads.


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