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A smokeless coal guide to up your blaze game and fire finesse.

A close up of smokeless coal in a fire grate with an added graphic overlay on top

We can interpret the world as continuous chain of cause and effect. Something happens, creating new set of circumstances. Then something happens within this fresh situation, creating yet another landscape – and so on and so forth. The same theory can be applied to the rise of smokeless fuel and smokeless coal.

 

Where did smokeless coal come from?                                  

From the open fire to the cooker to the multi-fuel stove: no one can deny the increasing popularity of smokeless coal throughout the UK. But why does it exist? Where did it come from? Let’s create a super brief Newtonian causal chain to explain things. Regular coal fuelled the industrial revolution. The insatiable thirst for progress created some seriously epic pollution in London The government stepped in, creating the Clean Air Act to reduce the level of emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels. Finally, in response to the new legislation, some clever person invented smokeless coal and here we are. Ok that’s the Readers Digest version – you can fill your boots of curiosity here

So now you have a bit of a gist related to smokeless coal. It’s time to delve a little deeper. We want you to make the best decisions when it comes to both your fuel and heating you home. That’s why we are here with this handy guide to smokeless coal. We will breakdown the basics, giving you all the knowledge you need to choose for yourself. Before we continue we need to clear something up?

 

Is smokeless coal being banned? 

We can throw an infinite number of ‘No’s in your direction. In recent changes to the Clean Air Act the government is phasing out the sale of regular house coal and wet wood, in order to lower pollution levels. Smokeless coal has avoided for the sword of Damocles because it meets the new criteria pertaining to emission levels. So relax your open fire, room heater and more are all gravy for some smokeless coal and fuel action.

 

How is smokeless coal made?

If you are living out your life smack bang in the middle of a smoke control area you are probably aware of smokeless coal as it is, of course, authorised for use in smoke control areas. Even if you don’t live in a regulated area, you might want do your bit for the environment and go smokeless. Let’s get into it.

There is one main difference between regular house coal and smokeless coal: Anthracite. Hold up Lex Luthor! This isn’t some new rock that will have Superman going to the toilet in his tights – although the name suggests otherwise. Anthracite AKA hard coal or black coal is super hard, super compact and super dense material. In fact, Anthracite has the highest carbon content, the smallest amount of impurities, and the highest energy density of all types of coal. Maybe you could merk Superman after all.

Smokeless coal has an anthracitic base, meaning it has a higher density and contains less volatile components than normal coal. Smokeless coal is usually made by mixing Anthracite and other natural binding agents into a powder. The mixture is then placed into moulds and pressed into briquette-type shapes at extremely high pressures. Add all these factors up and smokeless coal delivers around 80% less smoke. The common misconception is that smokeless must be highly synthesised and full of chemicals to remove the smoke. This just isn’t true. Smokeless coal is a natural product. It is just produced from an alternate anthracitic carbon base.

 

A close up of freshly lit smokeless coal burning in a fireplace.

 

Why use smokeless coal?

You don’t need to be Captain Planet to see that Smokeless coal is more eco and environmentally friendly than house coal. Think 80% less smoke, up to 20% less carbon dioxide, fewer emissions overall and fewer internal volatile components.  So yes, smokeless coal is defo a more sustainable choice. Thank you Anthracite and all things Anthracite-based.

Doing your part to help the planet is awesome. And what’s even more awesome is the fact that sustainability doesn’t mean a compromise on performance – quite the opposite in fact. Thanks to the potency of the anthracitic base, smokeless coal burns both hotter and longer than it’s traditional cousin, delivering a 5-6 hour burn time in standard fire tests and increased temperatures too. The high carbon content also means less ash, so cleaning your appliance is easy and doesn’t have to be done as often. To summarise smokeless coal has minimal toxic smoke a higher heat output and a longer burn time. Say hello to more efficiency. And as we all know, ultra efficient fuels reduce our carbon footprint – so once again Mother Nature is getting a little helping hand.

Finally smokeless coal is more versatile than regular coal. In other words you can burn it in a wider array od appliances form multi-fuel stoves, open fires and room heaters. More choice and more freedom can only be a good thing in our book.

 

Is smokeless coal safe for BBQ?

We know our key demo. So we know that the BBQ brains are kicking in at this point. It is a good question. The answer is no – however as with many things, there are subtle shades of grey. Basically BBQing with regular coal is a very bad idea as it contains toxic impurities that will permeate your food and therefore your system. Now yes, smokeless coal does contain a massively reduced amount of impurities, however some still remain so it’s best to just stick to charcoal. However you can use smokeless coal in your multi-fuel stove and cook off that heat no problems.

 

Can I burn smokeless coal in a multi-fuel stove?

Talk about bashing you over the head with the world’s most obvious segue way. To answer the question we have already answered, and to quote Barak Obama, ‘Yes we can!’ Smokeless coal’s high heat output, clean burn and extended burn time all make it a perfect fuel for your multi-fuel stove.  Conventional house coal leaves behind a plethora of soot residue and tar. These nasties can damage your flue, stove and stove glass. Smokeless coal leaves minimal ash and no other visible traces. Let’s goooooo!

 

Can I burn smokeless coal in an open fire?

We have already answered this question. It’s a full throttle yes. However sometimes it is good to get into the granular on those things. Knowledge is a powerful weapon in the battle of life after all. When you look at it: smokeless coal has been specifically designed for use in fireplaces and open fires. The word ‘open’ holds the comprehensive key. If a fire is open, this means that emissions can travel through an open path. Therefore, if you are burning smokeless coal in the grate or fireplace, then there is simply less smoke moving through said ‘open’ path. We aren’t trying to define the merits of Satrian existential philosophy here. It’s just common sense and good old-fashioned science.

 

A close up product shot of three Big K smokeless coal bags in a row

 

Where can I buy smokeless coal? Big K leads the way!

When it comes to charcoal, we are obsessed with quality. The same applies to our winter fuel. We have put all our energy and focus on delivering the best possible smokeless coal. Here’s a run down of what to expect from these amazing lumpy lovelies.

 

Big K Smokeless Coal

£7.99 – £15.00

  • Medium sized pillow shaped coal pieces
  • Consistent shape and density in every piece
  • 5-6 hour burn time in standard open fire test
  • Authorised for use in smoke control areas
  • Produces 80% less smoke than coal
  • High heat output
  • Ideal for open fires, cookers, room heaters and multi-fuel stoves

No need to wax lyrical here. Just firing off a series of bullets direct to your cranium. It’s up to you to decide whether our smokeless coal is the right fit for you.  Looking to bulk up and make a saving? We admire your vision. And yes indeed: we have you covered. It’s pallet time baby! 10kg and 20kg Smokeless Coal bags are also available in pallet deals – save up to 30% on 10kg bags and 35% on 20kg bags.

All good things must come to an end. And we are fast-approaching the end of our verbal meanderings. Now is probably the time to ask the question: what does it all mean? In life there a few if any definitive answers. However we can defo throw our two pence into the rhetorical ring on this. Basically there are two primary and simultaneous benefits to burning smokeless coal. One is environmental and the other is performance based. So basically it’s a win-win whatever way you look at it. Yes it’s up to you to make your own decision. However every once and a while it’s nice when the decision is already made for you. Take it easy and we will see you in the digital word cornucopia soon!

A smokeless coal guide to up your blaze game and fire finesse.

A close up of smokeless coal in a fire grate with an added graphic overlay on top

We can interpret the world as continuous chain of cause and effect. Something happens, creating new set of circumstances. Then something happens within this fresh situation, creating yet another landscape – and so on and so forth. The same theory can be applied to the rise of smokeless fuel and smokeless coal.

 

Where did smokeless coal come from?

From the open fire to the cooker to the multi-fuel stove: no one can deny the increasing popularity of smokeless coal throughout the UK. But why does it exist? Where did it come from? Let’s create a super brief Newtonian causal chain to explain things. Regular coal fuelled the industrial revolution. The insatiable thirst for progress created some seriously epic pollution in London The government stepped in, creating the Clean Air Act to reduce the level of emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels. Finally, in response to the new legislation, some clever person invented smokeless coal and here we are. Ok that’s the Readers Digest version – you can fill your boots of curiosity here

So now you have a bit of a gist related to smokeless coal. It’s time to delve a little deeper. We want you to make the best decisions when it comes to both your fuel and heating you home. That’s why we are here with this handy guide to smokeless coal. We will breakdown the basics, giving you all the knowledge you need to choose for yourself. Before we continue we need to clear something up?

 

Is smokeless coal being banned?

We can throw an infinite number of ‘No’s in your direction. In recent changes to the Clean Air Act the government is phasing out the sale of regular house coal and wet wood, in order to lower pollution levels. Smokeless coal has avoided for the sword of Damocles because it meets the new criteria pertaining to emission levels. So relax your open fire, room heater and more are all gravy for some smokeless coal and fuel action.

 

How is smokeless coal made?

If you are living out your life smack bang in the middle of a smoke control area you are probably aware of smokeless coal as it is, of course, authorised for use in smoke control areas. Even if you don’t live in a regulated area, you might want do your bit for the environment and go smokeless. Let’s get into it.

There is one main difference between regular house coal and smokeless coal: Anthracite. Hold up Lex Luthor! This isn’t some new rock that will have Superman going to the toilet in his tights – although the name suggests otherwise. Anthracite AKA hard coal or black coal is super hard, super compact and super dense material. In fact, Anthracite has the highest carbon content, the smallest amount of impurities, and the highest energy density of all types of coal. Maybe you could merk Superman after all.

Smokeless coal has an anthracitic base, meaning it has a higher density and contains less volatile components than normal coal. Smokeless coal is usually made by mixing Anthracite and other natural binding agents into a powder. The mixture is then placed into moulds and pressed into briquette-type shapes at extremely high pressures. Add all these factors up and smokeless coal delivers around 80% less smoke. The common misconception is that smokeless must be highly synthesised and full of chemicals to remove the smoke. This just isn’t true. Smokeless coal is a natural product. It is just produced from an alternate anthracitic carbon base.

 

A close up of freshly lit smokeless coal burning in a fireplace.

 

Why use smokeless coal?

You don’t need to be Captain Planet to see that Smokeless coal is more eco and environmentally friendly than house coal. Think 80% less smoke, up to 20% less carbon dioxide, fewer emissions overall and fewer internal volatile components.  So yes, smokeless coal is defo a more sustainable choice. Thank you Anthracite and all things Anthracite-based.

Doing your part to help the planet is awesome. And what’s even more awesome is the fact that sustainability doesn’t mean a compromise on performance – quite the opposite in fact. Thanks to the potency of the anthracitic base, smokeless coal burns both hotter and longer than it’s traditional cousin, delivering a 5-6 hour burn time in standard fire tests and increased temperatures too. The high carbon content also means less ash, so cleaning your appliance is easy and doesn’t have to be done as often. To summarise smokeless coal has minimal toxic smoke a higher heat output and a longer burn time. Say hello to more efficiency. And as we all know, ultra efficient fuels reduce our carbon footprint – so once again Mother Nature is getting a little helping hand.

Finally smokeless coal is more versatile than regular coal. In other words you can burn it in a wider array od appliances form multi-fuel stoves, open fires and room heaters. More choice and more freedom can only be a good thing in our book.

 

Is smokeless coal safe for BBQ?

We know our key demo. So we know that the BBQ brains are kicking in at this point. It is a good question. The answer is no – however as with many things, there are subtle shades of grey. Basically BBQing with regular coal is a very bad idea as it contains toxic impurities that will permeate your food and therefore your system. Now yes, smokeless coal does contain a massively reduced amount of impurities, however some still remain so it’s best to just stick to charcoal. However you can use smokeless coal in your multi-fuel stove and cook off that heat no problems.

 

Can I burn smokeless coal in a multi-fuel stove?

Talk about bashing you over the head with the world’s most obvious segue way. To answer the question we have already answered, and to quote Barak Obama, ‘Yes we can!’ Smokeless coal’s high heat output, clean burn and extended burn time all make it a perfect fuel for your multi-fuel stove.  Conventional house coal leaves behind a plethora of soot residue and tar. These nasties can damage your flue, stove and stove glass. Smokeless coal leaves minimal ash and no other visible traces. Let’s goooooo!

 

Can I burn smokeless coal in an open fire?

We have already answered this question. It’s a full throttle yes. However sometimes it is good to get into the granular on those things. Knowledge is a powerful weapon in the battle of life after all. When you look at it: smokeless coal has been specifically designed for use in fireplaces and open fires. The word ‘open’ holds the comprehensive key. If a fire is open, this means that emissions can travel through an open path. Therefore, if you are burning smokeless coal in the grate or fireplace, then there is simply less smoke moving through said ‘open’ path. We aren’t trying to define the merits of Satrian existential philosophy here. It’s just common sense and good old-fashioned science.

 

A close up product shot of three Big K smokeless coal bags in a row

 

Where can I buy smokeless coal? Big K leads the way!

When it comes to charcoal, we are obsessed with quality. The same applies to our winter fuel. We have put all our energy and focus on delivering the best possible smokeless coal. Here’s a run down of what to expect from these amazing lumpy lovelies.

 

Big K Smokeless Coal

£7.99 – £15.00

  • Medium sized pillow shaped coal pieces
  • Consistent shape and density in every piece
  • 5-6 hour burn time in standard open fire test
  • Authorised for use in smoke control areas
  • Produces 80% less smoke than coal
  • High heat output
  • Ideal for open fires, cookers, room heaters and multi-fuel stoves

No need to wax lyrical here. Just firing off a series of bullets direct to your cranium. It’s up to you to decide whether our smokeless coal is the right fit for you.  Looking to bulk up and make a saving? We admire your vision. And yes indeed: we have you covered. It’s pallet time baby! 10kg and 20kg Smokeless Coal bags are also available in pallet deals – save up to 30% on 10kg bags and 35% on 20kg bags.

All good things must come to an end. And we are fast-approaching the end of our verbal meanderings. Now is probably the time to ask the question: what does it all mean? In life there a few if any definitive answers. However we can defo throw our two pence into the rhetorical ring on this. Basically there are two primary and simultaneous benefits to burning smokeless coal. One is environmental and the other is performance based. So basically it’s a win-win whatever way you look at it. Yes it’s up to you to make your own decision. However every once and a while it’s nice when the decision is already made for you. Take it easy and we will see you in the digital word cornucopia soon!