Smokeless Coal: Your Questions Answered

Eddies Smokeless Fuels remains one of Ireland's very best coal companies. For decades we have supplied clients all over Dublin with a range of coal products.

Due to the ever-evolving regulations surrounding burning solid fuels, smokeless coal has become one of our main products. While smokeless coal may not be a new product, it certainly inspires a variety of questions from our customers. To make this information more accessible to our customers, we've compiled the most common questions below.


What is smokeless coal?

Smokeless coal is a type of fuel that's commonly used for heating homes and other spaces. As the name suggests, it doesn't produce as much smoke as different types of coal. This is because it's made from a specific type of coal called anthracite, which has a high carbon content and low impurities. To make it smokeless, they process the anthracite to remove any volatile components that could make it smoke more.


Smokeless coal is an excellent option for people who want to heat their homes without worrying about excessive smoke or soot. It's often used in areas with smoke control regulations, where there are limits on the amount of smoke that can be produced from burning fuel. Overall, smokeless coal is a cleaner and more efficient choice for home heating.


What is smokeless coal made from?

Smokeless coal is a type of coal that's often used for heating homes and other spaces. It's made of a kind of coal called anthracite, known for its high quality. Anthracite has much carbon and doesn't have as many impurities as sulfur and ash. That's why it's a good choice for making smokeless coal.


To make smokeless coal, they process and treat the anthracite to remove anything that could make it smoke more. That way, when you burn it, you don't get much smoke or soot from your chimney. This is especially helpful if you live in an area with smoke control regulations. Overall, smokeless coal is an excellent option if you want cleaner burning fuel for your home.


What is the best smokeless coal for open fires?

When choosing the best smokeless coal for open fires, there are a few factors to consider. One important consideration is the heat output, as you want coal that will provide enough warmth to heat the room. Another factor is the burning time, as you want to avoid adding more coal to the fire constantly.


Some popular brands of smokeless coal for open fires in the UK and Ireland include Taybrite, Phurnacite, and Homefire Ovals. These coals are known for their high heat output and long burning time, making them an excellent choice for open fires. However, it's important to note that the best smokeless coal for your specific needs may vary depending on factors such as the size of your fireplace and the ventilation in the room.

If you're unsure which smokeless coal to choose, it can be helpful to consult with a supplier or professional heating engineer who can advise based on your specific needs and circumstances.


How long does smokeless coal last?

The burning time of smokeless coal can vary depending on a few factors, such as the type of coal, the fire's size, and the room's ventilation. However, in general, smokeless coal is known for having a longer burning time than other types of coal.


On average, a single bag of smokeless coal can last anywhere from 12 to 24 hours, depending on the fire's size and the room's ventilation. Some types of smokeless coal, such as anthracite, can burn for extended periods.


How to light a smokeless coal fire?

Lighting a smokeless coal fire is different from burning other types of fires. Here are some steps you can follow to light a smokeless coal fire:
1. Clean the fireplace or stove: Before you start, make sure the fireplace or stove is clean and free from debris. This will help ensure good ventilation and make it easier to light the fire.
2. Build a fire: Start by placing some kindling or firelighters at the bottom of the fireplace or stove. Then, add a layer of smokeless coal on top. Make sure the coal is arranged in a way that allows air to circulate around it.
3. Open the damper: Make sure the damper or air vents are open to allow air to flow through the fireplace or stove. This will help the fire start and burn more efficiently.
4. Light the fire: Use a lighter or match to light the kindling or firelighters. As the fire starts to burn, it should ignite the smokeless coal.
5. Add more coal: Once the fire burns steadily, you can add more smokeless coal as needed. Make sure to add it in small amounts to avoid smothering the fire.
6. Monitor the fire: Keep an eye on the fire as it burns, ensuring it stays within the fireplace or stove and doesn't spread to other materials. Adjust the air vents to control the heat and provide good ventilation.


Do you still have questions on smokeless coal, or would you like to place an order? Then please get in touch with us today.


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