This is a common question. The simple answer is No.
House coal and smokeless coal should not be burned in a wood burner. The main difference between a wood burner and a multi-fuel stove is the design. Wood burners are designed to burn Logs.
In a wood burner the wood is placed on the floor since wood needs air from above to initiate combustion. Coal on the other hand, requires air from above and below. Multi-fuel stoves have a raised grate where fuels are placed.
Therefore, I would recommend one to only burn wood or wood based products like briquettes in a wood burner.
Hardwood is generally denser than softwood. Hardwood is also heavier than softwood. But what does that translate to in heating a home? Apart from aesthetic differences, Hardwood because of its nature burns slower, perhaps slightly less hotter than softwood. Therefore, your burning time of Hardwood will be longer meaning fewer refills required. Softwood on the other hand, burns quickly producing slightly greater heat. However, it’s easier to light softwood and it helps get the temperature up quickly.
It’s all a matter of individual taste. We sell both Hardwood and Softwood to cater for these tastes. Check out our Firewood section.
Stack the logs.
Logs should be stacked as soon as possible. Stacking should be done length-wise and possibly close to a wall but not against it. The base of the stack can be an old pallet or any old long wood. This will prevent ground water soaking into the logs.
Cover the top only.
Always cover the top of the logs and angle the cover such that when it rains water does not form a pool on the cover. It also helps to have a little air gap between the cover and the logs. Do not cover the sides. This will help dry the logs better and prevent the logs from ‘sweating’.
Leave sides open
You do not need to cover the sides of the stack. This will allow wind to get through and this will allow the drying process to continue. Ideally, one side should either face the wind or sun direction.
If you received your order in Jumbo bulk bags. Its best remove the logs from the bags unless the bags are ventilated ones. This will prevent the logs from forming sweat condensation, which then drips off on to the logs undoing all your good work.
Store logs in near the fireplace
Storing logs near the fireplace for 2-3 days before burning them allows them to dry even further. This will in turn help you get the best out of your fire.
If you do have a multi-fuel stove then it’s easier to come close to achieve this than if you have an open fire or wood burner stove. The reason for this because it’s not easy to achieve this by burning wood alone unless of course you keep adding fuel at regular intervals overnight. You will need to burn good quality coal or peat briquettes which we do now have available online. Simply add good quality smokeless coal like Excel or peat briquettes and close the top vent but open the bottom vent. I would not recommend burning coal on a stove that is designed to burn wood only but peat briquettes should be fine.
With the logs almost burning out simply add good quality smokeless coal like Excel or peat briquettes and close the top vent but the bottom vent.