How Can Fuel Be Smokeless?

One of the most regularly asked questions we receive is “How can fuel be smokeless?” This makes sense when you think about it, burning any fuel will always result in some level of smoke and confusion is often caused.

In relation to solid fuel, ‘smokeless’ does not mean it will burn without smoke, it actually refers to the sulphur content which is released.

In order for a fuel to be sold as smokeless in the UK, it must contain less than, or equal, to 2% sulphur. This legislation was initially introduced in the UK in 1956 with the Clean Air Act. There have been a number of iterations of the guidelines since until it was finally consolidated into the policy we know it as today in 1993.

Any fuel sold as smokeless must be on the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) approved fuels list. To be included on this list, the fuel must go through a rigorous testing process by DEFRA in order to gain their recommendation for approval. Once this recommendation has be obtained, the fuel then goes before Parliament where it is discussed and authorised as ‘smokeless.’

All our smokeless fuels are approved and can be used across the country in controlled areas. They can also often be a great choice even if you do not reside in a smoke controlled area. Typically formed with anthracite as a base, smokeless fuels burn significantly longer than coal and provide incredible efficiency with great heat output.

If you have any questions regarding our fuels please do not hesitate to get in touch with our specialist team for expert advice.

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