A real fire or multi-fuel stove can make a huge impact in your home.
But it needn’t make a huge impact on the environment.
More and more people are rediscovering the joy of a real fire by opening up existing fires and chimneys, or investing in the new generation of multi-fuel stoves. Many of these people are choosing to use the latest smokeless fuels. For some people it’s because technological advances have made smokeless fuels more efficient and cost-effective than ever. Others are using smokeless fuel because they realise that a contribution to improving the environment, however small, is a step in the right direction.
Smokeless Fuel and the Environmen
Smokeless coal was developed to be used in smoke free areas across the UK, and to improve air quality in the urban environment. With coal, it’s not just smoke that’s an issue, it’s also carbon dioxide. On average, smokeless coals emit up to 80% less smoke, and 25% less CO2 than house coal.
Developing the very best Smokeless Coals
Smokeless fuels are constantly developing to ensure that they’re the best they can be. There is added renewable content to smokeless coal briquettes which makes them friendlier to the environment, without compromising their performance. Take a look at Ecoal50 – the most eco-friendly smokeless coal in the world.
Smokeless Fuel and You
Burning smokeless coal is much more cost effective than burning ordinary coal, and will actually work out less expensive over the course of a year. Using Homefire smokeless coal as an example, we’ve found that the heating efficiency on an open fire works out at 37%, compared with only 28% when burning traditional house coal. If you were to use Homefire on a multi-fuel stove, this figure would leap up to 65%.
Smokeless coal also burns for longer than house coal, so you spend less money to achieve your required heat, and spend less time refuelling the fire.
Better for the air, and for your family
According to medical research, solid fuels can have a beneficial effect on your health. Families who use solid fuels are less likely to suffer from hay fever, asthma, and eczema, as the use of a chimney draws fresh air through the house and removes ‘polluted’ air, thus creating a better ventilated home.