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What Are The Best Fuel Options for an Open Fire?

What Are The Best Fuel Options for an Open Fire?

Posted on 17 Jan 2020 By Coal Hut

Buying fuel for your open fire can be a confusing process. There are so many options available, it’s hard to choose which one is best. There is so much to take into consideration that can sway your decision like the flame type, heat concentration, residual ash and of course, the cost. To help you out, we’ve put together this extensive guide to the best fuel options available from Coal Hut. Hopefully, this makes the choice a little easier...

Colombian Group 2 Coal 25kg

Let’s start with one of our favourites. A best-seller, Columbian Group 2 Coal is sourced exclusively from Colombian mines, it is considered by many as the premium house coal on the market. 

Colombian Group 2 Coal boasts large pieces that light effortlessly and burn with a natural high flame. It provides a concentrated heat and low residual ash making this coal perfect for use in both open fires and multi-fuel stoves. 

However, it’s worth mentioning that bituminous coal should not be burnt in smoke control areas.

Order your Colombian Group 2 Coal from Coal Hut today for UK delivery within 5 days.

Five Star Coal Trebles

Premier grade coals such as our Five Star Coal Trebles are selected for their high heat output. If you want to get extra cosy this winter, this is the coal for you. Five Star Trebles have a long burn time and low fluffy residual ash content which makes it the favoured coal for the traditionalists among us. 

Again, this coal is also suitable for open fires and multi-fuel stoves, but shouldn’t be burnt in smoke controlled areas. 

Order your Five Star Coal Trebles from Coal Hut today for UK delivery within 5 days.

Five Star Doubles 25kg

This is similar to the coal above except the pieces of coal are medium in size. Doubles refers to the size of the coal rather than quality. This a premier grade coal is selected for high heat output, long burn time and low fluffy residual ash content.

Get Five Star Double from Coal Hut today. 

Traditional House Coal Doubles and Trebles

Traditional House is a popular and extremely cost-effective option. Traditional house coal doubles and trebles both burn with an attractive flame and high heat input. 

Perfect for sipping red wine and eating a takeaway in front of on a Saturday night in this winter weather.  This coal is pretty much just a great all-rounder.

Suitable for use in both open fires and multi-fuel stoves. 

Order your Traditional House Doubles or Trebles from Coal Hut today for UK delivery within 5 days.

Singles 25kg

Singles” refers to the size of the coal pieces. These pieces tend to be between 14 and 22mm.

So, if you’ve got a small or medium open fire or perhaps a pot-belly stove, this coal is perfect. It’s often used with other fuels to extend the burn time, tame a roaring fire and maintain heat.

Order Singles from Coal Hut today. 

Slack 25kg

Slack is slightly different from the fuels we’ve talked about so far. Quality slack is unique in that it is very fine pieces of coal - perfect for banking down fires and maintaining burn time overnight.

We’ve found our customers often used to tame a roaring fire whilst maintaining heat. If you’re having friends or family round for a night of fun, food and drinks, you may want the fire burning into the small hours - you’ll be needing some Slack. 

Order Slack from Coal Hut today for delivery within 5 days. 

Homefire Smokeless Coal

Okay so, if you’re in a smoke controlled area then this one is for you… 

Our Homefire Smokeless Coal is a premium grade manufactured smokeless ovoid that offers you the quality and experience of a traditional fire whilst being suitable for use in smoke control areas.

Homefire doesn’t just provide good heat output but has an extended burn time and low residual ash. This coal can be used in open fires and multi-fuel stoves.

Order your Homefire Smokeless Coal from Coal Hut today.

Surelite – Ovals

Surelite - Ovals are a compact manufactured ovoid that sits neatly in the grate. Unfortunately, this one isn’t suitable for use in smoke controlled areas. Surelite - Ovals maintains heat output over a sustained fire life before burning to a tight fine ash.

Order your Surelite - Ovals from Coal Hut today for UK delivery within 5 days.

Glolite Smokeless Fuel 25kg

If value-for-money is what you’re looking for, then look no further than our Glolite Smokeless Fuel. These smokeless ovoids come in an oval shape making them extremely easy to light. They provide a sustained and controllable heat that burns to a fine residual ash. 

Glolite is an ever-popular smokeless fuel suitable for open fires and multi-fuel stoves that can be burnt in smoke control areas. Woohoo!

Order Glolite Smokeless Fuel from Coal Hut today. 

Wonderco Smokeless Fuel 25kg

A petroleum coke product suitable for use in smoke control areas. Wonderco Smokeless is all about a high concentrated heat output and a warm glow. Due to its high fire-bed temperatures, we recommend that it is blended with other ash-bearing fuels such as our kiln dried logs or our Glolite Smokeless Fuel.

Order Wonderco Smokeless Fuel today.

Lignite Briquettes 10kg

Lignite Briquettes are great for a long, cold winter. Bank up your fire with our lignite briquettes before retiring for the evening and next morning after shaking off the ash and stoking the fuel bed, you will have a warm base of embers ready for you to place on some logs or lignite briquettes. Your fire will be burning brightly again in no time. Perfect for those dark, gloomy mornings. 

Each bale of our lignite briquettes weighs around 10 kg and contains 18 individual briquettes (approx. 18cm x 6cm x 4cm). Perfect for open fires and multi-fuel stoves.

Lignite burns with a long flame and has a greater heat and burn time than traditional logs. 

Top tip: Alternating between our kiln dried logs and our lignite briquettes will significantly increase the longevity of your fire.

Get your order for Lignite Briquettes in today. 

Kiln Dried Hardwood Logs

Kiln Dried hardwood logs are the most efficient logs for wood-burning stoves and open fires.

Our logs have been dried in purpose-built kilns to below 20% moisture content, so they are ready to burn immediately. Easy to light with a warm inviting flame, satisfying heat output and a clean burn. Great for that atmospheric crackle in the evening. 

Suitable for open fires, all stoves, log burners, fire pits and chimineas. Our Kiln Dried Logs come already split in a range of convenient lengths. They are supplied in plastic bags approx. 43cm x 71cm. These logs are a pretty great all-rounder really. 

Order Kiln Dried Hardwood today. 

Heat Logs

Last but not least… Heat Logs! Made from compressed woodchip and sawdust sourced from sustainably managed forests, our Heat Logs have a compact uniform appearance, are easy to light, burn completely and provide a natural-looking flame.

Heat Logs are great for starting and building up your fire. We know lots of people struggle to get a roaring fire started under pressure - these are for you! There’s no expansion during burning, easy to stack, clean to handle and no soot. They couldn’t make life much easier!

Suitable for open fires, all stoves, log burners, fire pits and chimineas. Each bale of our heat logs weighs between 9 and 10 kg and contains 10 individual heat logs (logs are octagonal in shape, approx. 20cm x 7cm x 7cm)

So there you have it... An in-depth insight into coal for your open fire. Now all you have to do is choose the best one for you and order. Place your order with today and your open fire fuel will be with you within 5 days!