#Wirral - Outlined smoke controlled zone
Many parts of the UK are smoke control areas where you cannot emit smoke from a chimney unless you’re burning an authorised fuel or using ‘exempt appliances’, for example burners or stoves. You must not buy an unauthorised fuel for use in a smoke control area, unless it is to be used in an exempt appliance. More info on Wirral Council Site here
hat is Smokeless Fuel?
Smokeless coal is a fuel that emits roughly less than 5 grams per hour of smoke when burnt. This equates to 80% less smoke and 25% less carbon dioxide than standard fuels. These factors combined also means that smokeless coal can burn for some hours longer than other fuel types.
Not only does smokeless fuel function far better than some other fuel alternatives, but it is actually far better for the environment! A common myth about smokeless fuel is that it is worse for the environment than other fuels, however, we can confirm smokeless fuel is a great fuel option for environmentally conscious households.
Smokeless fuels can give up to a third more heat than normal house coal and can also burn for up to 40% longer. This means that they can burn hotter for longer, meaning you need to refuel your appliance less often. Less refuelling also means that smokeless fuels can be more cost effective than your normal house coal.
This is where the myths about smokeless coal begin to spread. Many people believe that smokeless coal is composed of nasty chemicals that allow it to boast the smoke-free effect. However, smokeless coal is manufactured from non-volatile materials including Anthracite that allows it to burn without releasing a thick cloud of smoke.
Efficient - due to smokeless fuel’s ability to burn brighter, stronger and longer than other fuel alternatives, it makes it a fantastic money-saving option for households. Whilst the initial bag may cost you slightly more, you’ll find yourself replacing your coal far less often as it can burn for longer, offering you a more cost-effective fuel solution without compromising on quality.
Can be used in smokeless areas - if you live in a smokeless area but you still want to be able to use your stove, you’ll be pleased to know that smokeless coal can be used in designated smokeless areas. If you’ve just moved house into a smokeless neighbourhood, you can happily unpack your stove and use it to your heart's content!