If have one of the many solid fuel stoves on the market today, there are several different options open to you for choosing fuel. Solid fuels can either be classified as biomass or as mineral fuels. Coal and smokeless fuels fall under the banner of mineral fuels. Biomass fuel generally means wood, and although there are others that fall into this category they are not very commonly used.
Which is the best fuel to choose?
Most people tend to go for biomass solid fuel, most often because one of the items to fall under this banner is wood. You can get this as solid wood, i.e. logs, or as pellets if you wish. Typically speaking you should find a supplier and get the fuel delivered to your home on a regular basis. It will then need to be appropriately stored so as not to get wet or damaged.
It is important to note though that waste wood is not ideal to burn in a solid fuel appliance. This is because you never know if it is safe to burn; wood can be treated, stained and waxed, all of which makes it unsuitable for stoves. So always find a proper supplier of fuel for your stove.
Being good to the environment
Before you choose your fuel, find out if you are living in a Smoke Control Zone. If you are, you can only burn wood if you have a stove that is exempt and able to burn smokeless fuel, so check this aspect before you buy anything.
It is also wise to ensure your stove is properly maintained and cleaned. Proper sources of wood or pellets are also required to ensure there are no harmful emissions generated by your stove. Ensure you know exactly what to do and when; not only will the stove be safer, it also ensures you get the best degree of heat from it.
So you can see it is worth finding out more about solid fuels so you can pick the right one for your appliance, whatever one you have bought.