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Need to stock up on solid fuel for the coming months.

 

Whats recommended these days?

 

looking for low ash, good heat, long lasting and value (not necessarily cheapest!)

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This year and last year we are using " New heat " KG Smiths, made at immingham. Its first class mid price very controlable, low ash and hot. Most products seem to change yearly we have found.

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I'm very happy with Excel nowadays. As said above, they do seem to change from time to time, but this has changed for the better. It meets all your criteria (which are pretty much the same as mine) plus it's pretty low on acrid fumes which many seem to have.

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Ideally choose your fuel according to the size of the stove and grate area. Generally if you put the larger ovoids on a small stoves with small grate area its liable to bad drawing and keep going out due to bottom air by-passing the coals through the big gaps between them, until it breaks up and covers the grate better anyhow.  Phurnacite is a nice small ovoids, burns well and hot.   For medium sized stoves something like Multiheat, Brazier, For the more common a bit bigger size stove like Morso, any of the smokeless stuff you fancy really, Excel, Taybrite, Newheat ect ect.

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Excell has been excellent this year on my Boatman stove. Good heat very low ash.

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Just felt the need to contribute here of my bad experience with Taybrite. Seems to take ages to get going properly, and even when there's a good glow throughout it doesn't seem to throw out much heat compared to other fuels I've used. The amount of ash is ridiculous, which I'm guessing contributes to the need to constantly be faffing about with it to keep it hot. I left it ticking over through the night and in the morning the ash had pretty much consumed every bit of glow left so there were whole ovals left unburnt amongst all the ash.

 

Did I mentioned the amount of ash? Normally a quick shuffle with the shovel and the majority of whats left falls through the grate to be emptied. It took a whole lot of shuffling to get rid of what Taybrite leaves behind. Oh well, only 5 more bags to get through, then I never have to think about it again.

 

On a more positive note, I've had past success with Excell from marinas. The best I've had so far have been coal merchant's own brand, or at least own packaged, ovals. A whole lot cheaper (£7 for 25kg rather than £11.50 for Taybrite) and much less work involved.

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12 minutes ago, Rumsky said:

Just felt the need to contribute here of my bad experience with Taybrite. Seems to take ages to get going properly, and even when there's a good glow throughout it doesn't seem to throw out much heat compared to other fuels I've used. The amount of ash is ridiculous, which I'm guessing contributes to the need to constantly be faffing about with it to keep it hot. I left it ticking over through the night and in the morning the ash had pretty much consumed every bit of glow left so there were whole ovals left unburnt amongst all the ash.

 

Did I mentioned the amount of ash? Normally a quick shuffle with the shovel and the majority of whats left falls through the grate to be emptied. It took a whole lot of shuffling to get rid of what Taybrite leaves behind. Oh well, only 5 more bags to get through, then I never have to think about it again.

 

On a more positive note, I've had past success with Excell from marinas. The best I've had so far have been coal merchant's own brand, or at least own packaged, ovals. A whole lot cheaper (£7 for 25kg rather than £11.50 for Taybrite) and much less work involved.

Although it’s so popular, I’ve never got on with Taybrite in my Squirrel for the reasons you give. It seems to be 50% cement powder. I’m presently burning Stoveglow with good results, though it tends to form a clinkery mass across the grate overnight which needs breaking up in the morning.

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6 minutes ago, BruceinSanity said:

Although it’s so popular, I’ve never got on with Taybrite in my Squirrel for the reasons you give. It seems to be 50% cement powder. I’m presently burning Stoveglow with good results, though it tends to form a clinkery mass across the grate overnight which needs breaking up in the morning.

Thirded. Its the one fuel I avoid like the plague.

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Not sure if different stoves burn it any better but I've never had any bother with any of the other fuels in mine. I might just try and sell it to some other poor soul who doesn't mind the attention it craves. 

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