Fire Fuel

  • Summer Fuel Storage

    With summer upon us, your stove is more than likely out of use or not used as often. Consequently, fuel storage can become an issue. Here, we’ve selected some of our favourite fuel storage accessories to keep your fuel stored safety, yet stylishly, over the warmer months.

    De Vielle Black Coal Hod - £18.99

    De Vielle Coal Hod £18.99

    Our lowest priced storage accessory, the De Vielle Black Coal Hod has a strong but lightweight construction making it ideal for storing a large amount of fuel to keep your fire burning.

    Meanwhile, the hod’s two handles and angled top make it easy to transport and add the fuel into the fire over the winter months. Its simple black finish makes it the perfect fireside accessory for any style of room. This Coal Hod is also available with a galvanised finish.

    De Vielle Galvanised Coal Tub - £19.99

    De Vielle Galvanised Coal Tub £19.99

    Strong and durable with a convenient handle and lid, the De Vielle Galvanised Coal Tub allows you to store fuel over the summer months yet is also a practical way to transport fuel in the winter.

    Meanwhile, the tub has been galvanised to prevent rust and corrosion and offer a stylish twist on a traditional fireside accessory. The tub is also available in black to suit any style of home.

    De Vielle Black & Brass Waterloo Bucket - £29.99

    De Vielle Black & Brass Waterloo Bucket De Vielle Black & Brass Waterloo Bucket £29.99

    Thanks to its strong but lightweight construction, two handles, and angled top, the De Vielle Black & Brass Waterloo Bucket is ideal for conveniently storing and transporting fuel. Its open top design provides easy access yet is also a stylish design feature. Meanwhile, the bucket's simple black finish with brass handles make it a stylish yet practical fireside accessory.

    De Vielle Natural High Backed Log Basket - £34.99

    De Vielle Natural High Backed Log Basket £34.99

    With a high back to keep logs in place, the De Vielle Natural High Backed Log Basket is ideal for storing a large amount of logs to conveniently refuel your fire.

    Meanwhile, the jute liner and traditional wicker weave make the De Vielle Log Basket a stylish, decorative fire accessory that will add to the design of your fire in both the summer and winter months.

    De Vielle Log, Kindle & Match Holder - £59.99

    De Vielle Log, Kindle and Match Holders De Vielle Log, Kindle and Match Holders - £59.99

    With a matt black finish and decorative writing, the De Vielle Log, Kindle and Match Holders are a practical and stylish fireside accessory suitable for storing fireplace logs, kindle and matches over the summer months and stocking up fuel ready for the winter!

    If you’re looking for some practical yet stylish fuel storage accessories for over the summer months, shop our great range now!

  • Multi-Fuel vs Wood Burning Stoves

    Choosing between a Multi-Fuel and Wood-Burning stove can be difficult, but, our guide is here to help make your decision easier!

    Multi-Fuel Stoves

    Multi-Fuel stoves do exactly what they say: they burn multiple fuels, including coal, smokeless fuel and wood, making them ideal for those who want the flexibility to burn a variety of fuels, or for those who have limited access to certain fuels.

    However, different fuels burn differently. Coal requires air to reach it from below, while wood burns better on a small bed of ash, with air circulating from above. Consequently, multi-fuel stoves must be optimised to deal with this and ensure they can burn different fuels with equal efficiency and safety.

    With this in mind, it is ideal to look for a multi-fuel stove with a primary and secondary air wash control, such as the Firefox 8.1 Cleanburn Wood Burning / Multi-Fuel Stove featured below, so that you can control whether air circulates from above or below, depending on the fuel you are burning.

    Firefox 8.1 Cleanburn Wood Burning / Multi-Fuel Stove £421.99

    Wood-Burning Stoves

    Wood-Burning Stoves are a popular choice because the carbon dioxide released when burning wood is counter-balanced by the amount of carbon dioxide a tree absorbs when growing, making it a carbon-neutral, eco-friendly alternative to coal.

    Wood is also an easily sourced fuel and relatively cheap to source yourself. However, wood burns most efficiently and safely when it has been left to dry for around two years, meaning it can take up a large amount of space and be a time-consuming process. Alternatively, you can buy ready-dried wood, ideally with less than 20% moisture content, but this will cost considerably more.

    If you live in a smoke-controlled area it is essential to look for a stove that is Defra-approved, like the Tiger Inset Wood Burning Defra Approved Stove, then you can burn wood safely, legally and efficiently. If your stove is not Defra-approved and you live in a smoke-controlled zone, you will only be allowed to burn smokeless fuels. For more information on smoke controlled zones and Defra approval, read our article: What Is A Defra Approved Stove?

    Tiger Inset Wood Burning DEFRA Approved Stove £494.99

    Both multi-fuel and wood-burning stoves have a host of benefits and provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere for your home. Ultimately, the main deciding factor between the two is the type of fuel you wish to burn, the cost of this fuel and the availability. To find out more about fuel costs and availability, read our articles on Wood Fuels and Recommended Multi-Fuels.

    All stoves from Fires Direct, including wood and multi-fuel stoves have 10% off in our New Year Sale. Shop online today!

  • Briquette Benefits

    Stocking up on fuel is vital for staying warm this winter. However, many are concerned about the economical and environmental effects of burning fuels, such as wood and coal, and are therefore looking for environmentally friendly alternatives. This is where briquettes come in. Made from compressed wood shavings, sawdust, plants, charcoal, peat, cardboard or paper, briquettes have a host of benefits that could save you money and lower your carbon footprint at the same time!


    Because they don’t contain any polluting substances, such as sulphur, briquettes do not emit polluting gases or create excess smoke, and can therefore be burnt freely in smoke control zones and help to reduce combustion.

    As opposed to loose biomass, briquettes are concentrated and so reduce the risk of flyaway dust, which in turn reduces the risk of fires and explosions.


    Since briquettes are made from waste materials, such as paper, wood shavings, plants and peat, briquettes are a cheaper alternative to burning wood or coal, and, with a longer burn life, you can spend less money on refuelling!


    Thanks to its compressed form, briquettes have a lower moisture content, higher bulk density and lower ash content, all of which enable them to burn more efficiently, more controlled and slower to provide around two hours burn time and a higher heat output, depending on your stove.


    Briquettes are usually cylindrical, rectangular or cubical and relatively small in size, reducing waste volume by up to 90%. Unlike other fuels, briquettes are also non-hazardous and clean to touch, making them easier to handle, transport and store.

    With briquettes made from forestry waste, briquettes are more readily available and sustainable than traditional fuels. This also means you can also make your own briquettes with machines like the De Vielle Eco Briquette Maker, allowing you to use up waste items and ensure you never run out of fuel!

    De Vielle Eco Briquette Maker: £29.99

    Whether you’re making your briquettes with the De Vielle Eco Briquette Maker, or buying them from a trusted fuel retailer, briquettes are a cheaper and greener alternative to burning traditional solid fuels, so instead of worrying about fuel costs this winter, you can enjoy the flickering flames of your fire!

    Purchase any stove from Fires Direct and receive a free £50 fuel voucher for Coals2U, so you can stock up on fuel this winter.

  • Heating Your Home On A Budget

    Heating your home over winter can prove costly, however, by following these simple steps, you can save money and stay warm this winter.

    A Clean Chimney Is A Cheap Chimney

    Most importantly, having your chimney swept regularly ensures your appliance is safe by minimising the risk of chimney fires and protecting against any damage or dangerous gases, but, having your chimney swept also keeps your fire running efficiently to save you time and money! It is recommended you employ a chimney sweep at least twice a year if you are burning wood or bituminous house coal, and at least once a year when burning smokeless fuels.

    Meanwhile, cleaning the throat plate is vital to ensure there is a clear flue way for smoke to leave your appliance, making it safe and efficient.

    With a clean and safe chimney, you can avoid paying out for costly damages and your fire will burn efficiently, saving you money on fuel. For further information on cleaning your stove read our 5 Top Tips!

    TOP TIP: the best time to have your chimney swept are just before the heating season or after your fire has been out of use.

    Stove Maintenance Pays

    Regular maintenance of your stove helps you to avoid costly repairs in the long run. Small tasks like emptying the ash from your coal or wood burning stove helps to avoid ash build up, which can cause the grate bars to overheat, damaging your stove and causing unnecessary risk.

    Meanwhile, the rope seal on your stove door ensures no excess air seeps into the firebox, but, this rope is subject to general wear and tear. Replacing it regularly can help maintain optimum efficiency, safety and heat output to overall save you money.

    TOP TIP: to check the efficiency of your rope seal close the stove door on a piece of paper, then gently try to pull it free of the door. If the paper pulls free easily, it is likely your rope needs replacing.

    Find The Right Fuel For You

    Choosing the right fuel for your fire is essential to gaining maximum efficiency and value out of your fire. When choosing your fuel consider whether it is easy to ignite, its heat output and C02 emissions to fully decide which fuel is most suitable, and economical, for your needs and fire. Read our Multi-Fuel and Wood Fuels articles for further fuel recommendations and advice.

    Following these steps are quick and easy ways to keep your overall fuel and fire costs down. Plus, many of our stoves come with advanced technical features to help maintain the cleanliness and efficiency of your stove, so all you have to worry about this winter is enjoying the flickering flames of your fire!

  • Benefits of Smokeless Fuel

    Smokeless fuel has endless benefits for you, your fire and your bank balance! At Fires Direct we’ve put together some of the top benefits of using Smokeless Fuel so you can make the best decision for you and your fire and spend your £50 voucher for Coals2U, available when you buy any Fires Direct stove, wisely!

    Healthy Home:

    The most important reason for using Smokeless Fuel is the benefit it can have on you and your family. Medical research claims that solid fuel is less likely to cause hay fever, asthma and eczema, because the chimney removes polluted air and draws fresh air through the house. So, when combined with a well-ventilated home, smokeless fuels can be better for you and your family’s health!

    Broseley Serrano 7 SE Multi Fuel Stove £748.99

    Healthy Appliance:

    As well as benefiting your health, smokeless fuels are also better for your appliance! Coal or Petcoke Briquettes can burn too hot or clog your appliance with soot, both of which are damaging to your stove and could even invalidate your stove warranty. Smokeless fuels, on the other hand, are designed and approved for your stove and release heat in a more controlled way to avoid such damage.

    Not only this, but, smokeless fuels are known to produce a consistently higher heat output, and, can last up to 40% longer than house coal. Although coal may be cheaper to purchase, over time, smokeless fuel is more economical given that less fuel is needed to create your desired heat, and, you are less likely to pay out for damaged appliances, making it a value for money alternative to coal!

    The FireFox 12" Multi Fuel Stove £548.99

    Healthy Environment:

    Smokeless fuels are much kinder to the environment than traditional coal as they do not produce excess smoke when burnt, meaning they produce up to 80% less smoke and 40% less C02. This means that smokeless fuels comply with The Clean Air Acts of 1956 and 1968 which were introduced to prevent smog that was caused by the widespread burning of ordinary house coal, so, not only do smokeless fuels reduce your coal budget, they can also help to reduce your carbon footprint too!

    Tiger Clean Burn Multi Fuel DEFRA Approved Stove £411.99

    Smokeless fuels are made to the highest standards, and, unlike coal, can be used in a wide range of closed appliances, such as, multi-fuel stoves, room heaters and cookers, and open fires for a more efficient and healthy fire for you, your appliance, budget and environment! So, with a £50 fuel voucher available for Coals2U when you buy any stove from Fires Direct, now is the perfect time to stock up on smokeless fuel ready for the winter months!


  • Wood Fuels

    There’s nothing much more inviting than a warm, wood burning stove, and, with Fires Direct offering a free £50 fuel voucher for Coals2U when you buy any stove, now is the perfect time to get ready for those dark, cold winter nights. To help, we’ve put together our Wood Fuel recommendations to get your fire burning!

    Dry firewood, with less than 20% moisture, is best suited to keep your fire burning at maximum heat and efficiency. Dry firewood wastes less energy burning off residual moisture and uses less fuel to achieve maximum heat output and fire performance so your fire is more economical. The high temperatures produced by dry firewood also keep the inside of your stove clean and free from tar build up helping to prolong the life and efficiency of your appliance.

    Recommended Fuel: Kiln Dried Logs

    With a moisture content of less than 20% Kiln Dried Logs can be burnt immediately and will burn at a high temperature to create a long and natural flame. These are also safe to burn alongside other varieties of solid fuel and are available in various bag sizes to suit your needs and usage!

    TOP TIP: Wood is best burned on a bed of ash!

    To reap the benefits of a wood-burning stove just in time for winter, shop our excellent range now and claim your £50 worth of fuel from Coals2U!

  • Recommended Fuels: Open Fires and Multi-Fuel Stoves

    With winter fast approaching and a free £50 fuel voucher available for Coals2U when you purchase any stove from Fires Direct, now is the perfect time to stock up on fuel!

    We know it can be confusing choosing the right fuel for you and your fire, so, we’ve picked out some of the best fuels for Open Fires and Multi-Fuel Stoves.

    Open Fires


    Wildfire is a quality fuel for open fires that burns efficiently with an attractive flame and high heat output, but, has up to 20% less C02 than house coal! It is easy to ignite and has a long fire life, making it a high-performance alternative to house coal. It is not suitable for use on multi-fuel stoves or in smokeless zones.

    Open Fires & Multi-Fuel Stoves:

    The following are suitable for both Open Fires and Multi-Fuel Stoves.


    Homefire is the brand leading smokeless fuel for Open Fires and Multi-Fuel Stoves emitting 80% less smoke, 25% less C02 and burning for up to 40% longer than traditional house coal. It is easy to ignite giving a long fire life and attractive flame picture. It is also HETAS approved making it a safe, efficient and fit for purpose choice for your stove!

    Homefire Ecoal50:

    Made from 50% renewable material Ecoal50 burns 38% hotter and much longer than traditional house fire but produces up to 40% less C02 and 80% less smoke than traditional house coal. It is easy to ignite and has a long fire life with an attractive flame. The Homefire Ecoal50 is also HETAS approved and smokeless making it a safer, cleaner and greener smokeless fuel for Open Fires and Multi-Fuel Stoves!

    Homefire Ovals:

    Homefire Ovals emits 80% less smoke and 25% less C02 than house coal, yet emits 20% more heat and burns for up to 40% longer! With its attractive flame and HETAS approval, you can be assured that this is a high quality, yet value for money smokeless fuel perfect for your Open Fire or Multi-Fuel Stove.

    Still confused about which fuel is best for you? Use our handy comparison table!

  • Free £50 Fuel Voucher!

    You’ve got your stove, now claim your £50 of free fuel!

    After purchasing your stove, simply fill in the form and we will email you your unique voucher code to spend on any fuel available for purchase and delivery at Coals2U. So, whether it’s smokeless coal, house coal, firewood, kindling or firelighters that gets your fire burning, you can get stocked up for the winter months!

    Vouchers will only be issued after your purchase has been verified with the stove retailer. If you haven’t received your code within seven days, please check your junk mailbox or contact us.

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  • Love solid fuel and want a stove?

    Traditionally we all associate solid fuel with coal – many of us actually growing up with that open grate fire with a bucket of coal next to it. It has to be said that it is warm, great to sit by and comforting to sit and stare into the flames.

    Today the way forward for a more efficient and cleaner fire is to install a stove. Solid fuel options are wide and yes, you can still burn coal if you wish but it is not advisable. Coal is not the most efficient or the most economical.

    In many areas we have governments ‘The Clean Air Act 1993’ to abide by. This Act of parliament also protects us from other environmental air pollutants….black smoke from industry and residential misuse of fuel. This can often refer to the burning of coal.

    Consequently many residential areas now have a specific ‘Smoke Control Area’ ( This is to prevent or reduce air pollution and will prevent the use of coal and wood on open fires.

    If you live in one of these areas you will only be permitted to burn smokeless fuel products.

    Now for the GOOD NEWS!

    You are permitted to use solid fuels if you have an EXEMPT appliance.  The Statutory Instruments (Orders) contained in the Clean Air Act have made stoves, ovens and wood burners exempt. All good brands of these appliances will have passed tests to show that they are capable to burn smokey types of solid fuel but without emitting smoke.

    This is just another reason to buy your stove from a reputable retailer.

    Coal facts

    The coal with the highest carbon content is the best and cleanest type of coal to use.

    Top of the list as being best is Anthracite, second is bituminous coal, and third is sub bituminous coal and lastly lignite.

    Anthracite has least impurities so will produce most energy. For the environmentally conscious this means; the low sulphur content produces virtually no smoke or particulate emissions. It is also safer in some respects as it means the fire needs less attention and there is less risk of chimney fires.

    There are various forms of good smokeless fuel available under different manufacturer’s brands. The most common one to be found is a type of briquette – often rounded in shape.


    Household coal or smokeless solid fuel should not be used in a primarily Wood Burning stove. Multi fuel stoves are ok – the design of pure wood burning stoves is different!

    A pure wood burning stove has a flat floor – the multi fuel stove will have a raised grate. The reason for this is simple – wood requires air from above to burn well, whereas coal and other smokeless fuels need air from above and below. Also these solid fuels do produce more ash than wood and this will need to be cleaned out regularly.

    Do not use household coal on a multi fuel stove – it produces a volatile yellowish grey smoke and this can damage your chimney.

    CHECK your appliances manufacturers’ manual for indications of which fuel is best for your stove.

    I think it’s safe to confirm that before you buy you must discuss your purchase with the retailer. Choose a reputable company who has the necessary health and safety certificates . Before you contact them decide which type of fuel you will be wanting to burn, which will be the most economical and easiest for you to obtain.

    Then make your choice.


  • Turn up the heat – enjoy the flames!

    When you walk into a room you automatically look at the main focal point – and this is usually the fire. The flames of that fire draw your attention first, there is something mesmerizing about a flickering flame – have you ever wondered why?

    Like moths to a light: In the longer cold periods of weather we now seem to have, a warm fire automatically becomes the best place to be near and will make you feel welcome. Some prefer up to the minute contemporary looks, others the more traditional fire.

    Brilliant Fuel facts:

    What fuel should I use?

    Wood burning stoves are virtually carbon neutral and could account for 10% of the UK Government’s carbon reduction targets by 2020; with the potential to produce 25% of the government’s domestic renewable heat energy target by 2020 (Stove industry Alliance (SIA)). By replacing your decorative gas fire with a wood burner this reduces the carbon footprint of a house by 22%...and if you are replacing a fire run off LPG the figure will rise to 36%!

    Hardwoods are best like oak and ash – but the most important fact is that you should not burn any freshly cut up logs. They contain moisture and will reduce your stoves heat output so you will have to burn more wood. It will also smoke more and make your stove dirty!

    Multi fuel stoves are built to be able to burn either coal or wood. Its not advisable to burn both fuels at the same time, doing this you can damage the flue lining. This is because the sulphuric acid in coal and the moisture levels in wood decide to combine when burning together – this produces a sticky solution that will stick to the stove and gradually erode it.

    Choose smokeless fuel e.g. Anthracite –this obviously burns longer than wood – it is better for the environment and your stove and chimney as it produces less soot.

    Whatever you prefer whether it be real wood burning flames or the highly realistic flame effects from gas we are all drawn to flames. Once you settle by that fire and stare into the flames you cannot help but relax.

    Commercial benefits of real flames : No need to explain the benefits here – just think how many pubs, hotels, dining rooms, cafes etc have you been in recently and the centre of attention in there is a lovely warm flaming fire – albeit a free standing stove or a traditional fireplace. You can relax and feel at home!

    There are plenty of show rooms around but cutting out the middle man and buying your  fire stoves direct online is now the way to go. So all in all whatever look you want to achieve - contacting a reliable and competitive company to supply flame focused stoves and fireplace suites is a must.

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