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Knowledge Base Fuels for Stoves

3. House Coal

House coal or bituminous coal is the most traditional fuel for open fires. It is a naturally occurring mineral and is not subject to any processing. It is ideally suited to open fire as it burns freely and does not require poking. It has a gross calorific value (the amount of heat released during combustion for a specified amount) of about 7.5kW/kg. Bituminous coal is not suitable for use in Smoke Control Areas; however there are certain exempt appliances that are able to burn certain specially sized Bituminous coals within Smoke Control Areas.