Open Fire Fuel

Best type of fuel to use on an open fire

An open fire is a great decorative piece and a great source of heat that is quickly becoming more and more popular in homes across the country. However, the number one question that most people have after installation is this; what type of fuel is the best choice for an open fire? There are a handful of different fuel sources that are all great to burn on an open fire, but they each have their own set of attributes. Therefore, it’s useful to look over the benefits of each, to see which aligns most closely with your own open fire goals.


Coal is easily the most popular choice of fuel for open fires because of its rustic appeal, but it is also popular because it burns for a great deal of time. However, if you choose to use coal, be aware that you will need to sweep out your chimney twice a year.


The same is true of wood, which also gives off a rustic ambience. Many people prefer wood because they can source it on their own. Before burning, make sure that the wood does not have a chemical coating on it. The heat output is not as high as coal or other solid fuels, but when you combine them, the fire will stay lit for longer and still give off the perfect ambience. Wood does not create much pollution, making it another excellent choice.


Blocks, also known as instant fire, are very popular because they are easy to light and burn for quite some time. Both the ignition material and fuel are wrapped into the packaging, so all you have to do is light the block and then sit back and enjoy the fire for a few hours.


Turf, which is essentially just peat, has a historically rich history as it was the main source of heating in Ireland in the old days. The benefit of turf is that it is a smokeless fuel, and it is much cheaper than wood or coal.


Turf can also be purchased in briquettes, which are simply compressed turf that is formed into a block after shredding. It is convenient to have the bricks ready to go to be tossed into the fire, and of course they are also smokeless. In addition, it burns at a much slower rate than coal or wood, making it a great source for a longer fire – although it does not emit as much heat.