/ smokeless coal and stoves
I burn a mixture of coal and wood in an open fire. If I buy a stove can I continue to burn these two fuels together?
Many people do, and seem to be happy with the results. There are one or two points to consider though.The most important is that mixing fuels can significantly shorten the life of the boiler if your stove is equipped with one. Much of the coal now imported into the country has a high sulphur content. Burning wood inevitably produces water vapour. Mix these two things together and you get sulphurous acid which will condense onto the nearest cold object it reaches - typically the boiler.
There may be other reasons
I have just had a new multi fuel stove with clip on boiler fitted. The advice from the supplier and the fitters is to burn a mix of wood and ordinary house coal mixed with thermalite or other mad-made coal. Works a treat.....
>...or other mad-made coal.
I've thought about that stuff but it costs quite a bit to get it shipped up from the west country. (sorry)
Yeah ukc really is a treat with these kinds of things, plumbing, random building questions, physics etc. It all comes crashing down with politics but it does redeem itself sometimes!
> >...or other mad-made coal.
> I've thought about that stuff but it costs quite a bit to get it shipped up from the west country. (sorry)
> Oops - it was late when I posted that and didn't proof read!! We're not all mad down here but it sure helps if you are!!!!! (from one who knows!)
A late-comer to this thread but here's a warning: my neighbour has a Dovre 250 stove (we have two of the same) and she came round to ask if I could have a look at it. She said that the night before it had been roaring and very hot and she couldn't turn it down. I found the cast-iron baffle plate melted like chocolate and collapsed into the grate and two liner bricks broken and the whole stove choked with reddish dust. I asked her when she had last had the chimney swept and what fuesl she was burning and the ansers were "Errrrr...." and "Coal". Worked out that she had had a chimmney fire, which had generated so much updraft that the intense heat of the coal had melted the baffle plate and the red dust was soot dust. It took me an hour to get the baffle plate out and then all the dust and it cost her £170 for new parts.
Moral of the story: sweep at least twice a year and don't burn coal alone; it burns too hot.
I remember going through a few throat plates and grilles when there was more coal burned.
Are you in a smoke control area? The whole district where we live is covered by smoke control areas whether urban or rural
Cannot recommend the above site enough . Excellent for information on woodburners,open fires etc. Lots of registered installers will lots of good advice and experience also use the site for help with more technical questions
In short burning the correct dry fuel will make the appliance and flue liner(if fitted) last longer. It will also reduce risk of chimney blockage(wet wood)
Best source of good very dry wood is pallets,not as dense as hardwood so burns faster but free if you have a source :)
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