With more and more people coming back to the warmth of a real fire, our aims are:
We get lots of questions about which types of fuels are best suited to certain fires, so we've put together this page to help as a guide.
Further down we have also added some information you may find useful including some important safety guidance.
Please contact us if there's anything else you'd like to know before or after making a purchase, we are always happy to help. One of our employees (now part time!) is a qualified Fuel Technologist who has been has been in the coal trade for over 50 years, so you can be sure of expert advice.
There are now a vast range of Multi fuel stoves & Log Burners available on the market. Some are supplied ready for burning both coal & logs, others need a multi fuel kit fitted (usually a simple, removable grate) installed before burning coal. Log burners suitable only for burning firewood products as they do not have a grate to allow burning of coal.
Some models have a back boiler, designed to supply heat to your central heating and hot water. Most models can burn a vast range of different fuels but please check your manual or with the stove manufacturer if unsure.
These stoves are designed to supply heat to your central heating and hot water system, whilst also adding the warmth of a real fire to your home. Usually designed to run on Smokeless fuels. Typical types are Parkray, Rayburn and trianco.
Solid Fuel Cookers can provide three functions: Central heating & hot water, Cooking and added warmth to the kitchen. Designed to burn a range of Coal products and Firewood. Popular manufacturers are Raybyrn & AGA.
Usually open grates with no doors, Open Fires are used for the sole purpose of heating the room in which the fireplace sits. Some back boiler models are available to supply heat to your central heating / hot water.
As the name implies this self feeding boiler is specifically designed to supply heat to your central heating and hot water. Trianco are the main manufacturer and these boilers burn only two types of Fuel – Anthracite Grains / Beans.
Many people are surprised by how many different types of coal there is and they all have different properties.
With a new stove it is often best to try the different types of coal in small quantities first as all stoves are have different characteristics and will burn certain types of coal better than others. Chimney design can also be a factor.
These are a manufactured Smokeless Fuel (also known as ovoids) made mainly from Anthracite. They will burn easily overnight on almost all Multi-Fuel stoves and burn completley to a powder-like ash.
Traditional mined coal
More suited to a deeper fire grate, Anthracite is a very clean burning coal and has a Low ash content. Slow burning with a low flame. The best choice if you need to keep your fire in for prolonged periods due to the clean burn and low ash content.
This is a traditional mined coal.
A very economical option for Multi Fuel Stoves. Provides a good heat with a lively flame. Can burn overnight depending on stove type. The best option if overnight burning is not a priority.
Traditional mined coal
We stock mainly Trebles (Large Lumps 2 - 5" approx). Our house coal is free burning and provides an excellent heat with a large flame and low ash. Burns lively. Not suitable for overnight burning.
Traditional mined coal
Suitable only for Gravity Feed Boilers. Anthracite is a very clean burning coal and has a Low ash content. Slow burning with a low flame.
Please click here for all the information you require on different types of firewood and their burning characteristics.
We strongly recommend that you have a Carbon Monoxide alarm fitted if you burn Solid Fuels. Don't place it too near to your appliance - it should be in a place where it will wake you up if asleep.
To ensure Safety and Maximum performance from your appliance you need to have your chimney swept regularly (At least once per year - more frequent for some appliances.)
If you live local to the Swansea area – please visit our Chimney sweep / stove installation for recommended tradesmen or click to contact us.
Avoid storing any flammable materials, especially kindling, fire lighters and newspaper too close to your fireplace.
In the event of a fire/chimney fire:
Defra are the government body who deal with Smoke Control Areas and legislation.
HETAS is the official body recognised by government to approve solid fuel domestic heating appliances, fuels and services.
The Solid Fuel Association is funded by solid fuel producers and distributors and was established to encourage greater awareness of the benefits of domestic solid fuel heating among the general public.
Operating as an advice centre, the Solid Fuel Association welcomes communication on all matters concerning the use of solid fuels both from domestic consumers and professionals such as heating installers and architects.