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What is smokeless fuel?

We're regularly asked questions about our smokeless fuels, so we put together this quick guide for you to enjoy!

What is smokeless fuel?

Smokeless coal is a solid fuel that has been developed and manufactured, using a combination of naturally occuring materials, to emit less than 5 grams of smoke per hour when burnt. Our laboratories carry out extensive testing to make sure that it the smokeless coal meets the required standards, without losing any of its heat and longevity. Smokeless fuel emits, on average, 80% less smoke and up to 25% less carbon dioxide than ordinary house coal.

The Clean Air Act

Smokeless fuels are manufactured to comply with The Clean Air Acts of 1956 and 1968, which were introduced to combat the high levels of smog caused by burning house coal.

Smoke Control Zones

To combat the high levels of pollution, Smoke Control Areas were introduced in the majority of large towns and cities in the UK. Under the Clean Air Act it is an offence to emit smoke from the chimney of a building, from a furnace, or from any fixed boiler located in a designated Smoke Control Zone.

Am I in a Smoke Control Zone?

Visit the Defra website to find out if you are in a Smoke Control Area. You will normally have to contact the Environmental Health or Protection department of your Local Authority to be certain. Whether you are in a Smokeless Zone or not, you will still see the many benefits of burning a smokeless fuel.

How is smokeless fuel made?

Smokeless coal is manufactured using a combination of naturally occurring materials, and is rigorously tested to ensure that it meets the required Clean Air standards, without a detrimental effect on the quality of the fuel. We are constantly improving our smokeless fuel, to make sure it is as efficient, and as environmentally friendly as it can be.

Is smokeless fuel better for the environment?

Smokeless fuels produce up to 80% less smoke and up to 40% less C0₂ when burnt, compared with traditional coal. Smokeless fuels contain natural binders and materials, which can help to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint left by burning solid fuels.

Where can I use smokeless fuels?

Smokeless fuels are extremely versatile, and can be used in a wide range of open fires and closed appliances such as multi-fuel stoves, room heaters, and cookers. Whereas traditional coal could damage a multi-fuel stove, smokeless fuel will actually be more efficient.