Finding out that you live in a smoke control zone can really throw a spanner in the works when it comes to fireplace owners and stove users. After all, they were introduced as part of the Clean Air Act of 1956 in order to reduce pollution following the Great Smog of London and many are still in operation today. In order to avoid a hefty fine for burning unauthorised fuels, it is important that homeowners research which fuels are considered smokeless and are therefore suitable to use. Read on to find out more about smokeless fuels…


Due to its very high carbon content of around 98%, anthracite is a variety of coal that can be classed as smokeless. After all, this figure means that it contains fewer volatile materials in comparison to other coal types and will therefore not give off a thick smoke when it is burned. With this said, it is not the most suitable variety of coal for burning as it can be difficult to ignite.


Since it does not emit any kind of smoke when it is burned, gas is considered a smokeless fuel. In fact, more and more homeowners are choosing to implement it in their homes because it can be connected to the main gas supply and is therefore easier to use. With this said, gas is an expensive fuel and it is important that property owners are aware of the risks as, just like coal and wood, gas also releases carbon monoxide when it is burned.


Although they are generally more expensive in comparison to bituminous coal and regular firewood, many homeowners use smokeless fuels because they benefit the environment and help reduce the amount of toxic gases that are being released into our atmosphere. After all, this was the intention of the government when smoke control zones were introduced over 60 years ago.

Here at Pearson Fuels, we believe that it is out responsibility to ensure that our readers are equipped with all the information they need to burn a safe and legal fire. After all, the fines for using unsuitable fuels in a smoke control zone can reach £1,000 which is why it is important to contact your local council sooner rather than later. Luckily, we supply a range smokeless coal, including our smokeless premium ovals. Get in contact with a member of the Pearson Fuels team find out more information today!