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 Maxiflame Plus, 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, though will burn more efficiently in a wood burner or a multi-fuel stove.

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

Multi-fuel Stoves

Multi-fuel stoves have a raised grate for ash to run down the dust pan and are suitable for burning either smokeless fuel or firewood. As smokeless fuel is reliant on a source of air coming from below to burn efficiently, multi-fuel stoves will include an extra air vent in front of the ash pan compartment. House coal is not recommended for use in multi-fuel stoves unless approved by the manufacturer due to the volatile emissions that they generate.

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, Maxiflame Plus, 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

Roomheaters

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: Maxiflame Plus, 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

There are a wide range of pizza ovens, whether it's a modern portable pizza oven or the traditional brick pizza oven. These are designed to absorb huge amounts of heat! For best results, kiln dried hardwood will give pizza ovens the fuel that it craves to offer the best flavour. The pizza oven heating time usually takes up to an hour, but once at optimum temperatures it should only take up to two minutes to cook a pizza.

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 Maxiflame Plus 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: Maxiflame Plus (fire pits with a grate) Newburn (fire pits with a grate)

Chimineas

Chimineas are made of a wide range of materials, usually from clay but sometimes of stainless steel, copper and cast iron. Flaming Logs are ideal for starting off chimineas, then once you've got a red glow flowing you could 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

 

Wood-fired Hot Tubs

Poineered in Sweden, wood-fired hot tubs are becoming more popular with consumers across the country following the volatile 2022 energy costs. These clever designs include a wood stove to help maximise heat combustion and minimise thermal energy loss without the need of electrical components. There is also the added bonus of the wood burning aroma which you wouldn't get with an electrical hot tub.

Ideal Fuels: Premier Logs

 

Gravity Feed Boilers

Considered one of the best stoves in the 70s and 80s, freestanding gravity feed boilers were a very cost effective way to source central heating. Trianco was the most common make; these included a hopper above the firebox and a lever to feed anthracite grains/beans into the boiler. A thermostatically controlled fan assisted with combustion to provide domestic hot water and central heating. These have been discontinued for at least a couple of decades, demand for anthracite grains/beans has diminished as a result.

Ideal Fuels: Anthracite Grains

 

Ecodesign

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. Smokeless fuel and kiln dried logs will burn more efficiently in an Ecodesign appliance, you will use considerably less.

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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