In an attempt to save money, we often fall into false economical traps which end up costing us more in the long run. Buying cheaper products that run out faster, break sooner, or simply don’t work at all, leads to us paying more to replace the cheap products we bought in the first place.

The same happens with home fireplaces. Lots of customers try and save money by purchasing cheaper, non-approved solid fuels to burn in their home appliances. Although they are expecting to cut down on their costs, more often than not, those cheaper fuels end up damaging their appliances, leading to costly repair bills.

Non-approved fuels appeal to consumers with the promise of saving them money. But in order to do this they need to cut corners on quality.

The Risks

Non-approved fuels are cheaper per bag, but due to a high Petcoke content, these non-approved fuels burn extremely hot, leading them to burn out quickly. The extreme temperatures produced by the Petcoke also damage appliances as well as chimneys and flues.

Using these types of fuels will invalidate any warranty you have on your new stove, so if they do damage your appliances, you will have to pay for all the repairs out of your own pocket.

Cheap fuels have an extremely high sulphur content; this will lead to poor air quality in your area. And if you live in a smoke control zone, you can be faced with fines and prosecution for using them.

Use of Petcoke briquettes is unsuitable for nearly all home stove appliances as it can result in damage to grates, flue liners as well as other components on the fuel bed area, which can rack up repair costs totalling hundreds of pounds.

If you are unsure about which is the best fuel to use in your home appliances, contact Pearson Fuels coal merchants today where we can advise you on the ideal solution.