Choosing the Best Smokeless Fuel for Your Chiminea

Chimineas are a wonderful way to keep warm in the evenings, no matter the season but are you struggling to cope with the amount of smoke that your chiminea is making? Traditionally chims are built to minimise smoke output regardless of the type of fuel used but by using a smokeless fuel and ensuring your chiminea is sheltered from the wind, you should be able to reduce the amount of smoke produced.

Some of these fuels may also be used on BBQ’s / Multi Fuel Stoves & Biomass Boilers – but please check compatibility before purchasing 🙂

Smokey & Smokeless Fuels

Some fuels produce more smoke than others, for example;

A damp log that has been sitting outside during rainfall may contain more than 50% moisture. Placing a wet fuel on a fire means the fire has to burn through all the moisture before it starts producing a high level of heat. This results in a lot more smoke and a less efficient burn.

On the other hand, a smokeless fire log that has been properly cured should have 10-20% moisture and will burn a lot more cleanly, producing little to no smoke.

Examples of smokeless fuels are: Anthracite, coke, charcoal & hexamine tablets (which you may be familiar with if you’ve ever been to a festival), heat logs made from sawdust, beech wood and oak or pine woods are also low smoke fuels. There are a number of low-smoke coals available on the market as well.

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Sheltering Your Chiminea From the Wind

If you’re struggling to figure out how to stop a chiminea from smoking then please read the helpful hints below.

You should always try to situate your chiminea with the hole facing away from the wind, high winds not only increase the amount of smoke produced from your chiminea but increase the speed at which your fuel will burn (making it more expensive to run). In the U.K. you’ll find that the wind most commonly blows Westward so place your chiminea facing towards the East. You may also want to invest in a windbreaker if this isn’t an option.

If you haven’t purchased a chiminea yet and are simply researching the best smokeless fuels before buying, then why not visit our page covering our favourite chimineas for the season.

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Top 4 Best Smokeless Fuels

We’ve picked a small selection of 4 smokeless fuels for you to choose from. Each of these fuels are highly rated and come in a variety of sizes to suit your needs.

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Flamefast Fireglow Instant Firelog

These simple to use and environmentally friendly firelogs are affordable and work as a fantastic smokeless fuel for your chiminea. Simply light the paper around the wax coated log and these will provide heat for over two hours. Supplied with a box of Tigerbox safety matches.

Available in packs of : 1  (£5.99/ea) | 2 (£3.50/ea) | 15 (£1.66/ea) | 30 (£1.43/ea) | 60 (£1.35/ea) | 90 (£1.34/ea) | 120 (£1.30/ea) | 150 (£1.25/ea)

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Brazier Smokeless Coal

For those of you with chimineas that can handle “coal” style fuel. These smokeless coal packs provide up to 24% more heat, up to 80% less smoke and can last up to 40% longer than traditional coal while producing 25% less Co2!

Available in packs of : 10kg | 20kg | 100kg | 200kg | 500kg

Last updated on 22nd January 2018 9:38 pm
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Premium Grade Large Lumpwood Restaurant Cooking Charcoal TheLogHut

If you like cooking in your chiminea, then we highly recommend this premium cooking grade charcoal from TheLogHut. This restaurant grade charcoal burns longer and hotter than standard BBQ charcoal and is suitable for use in a smoke control area. Also comes with a white woven sack to store your charcoal.

Available in the following sizes : 12kg | 24kg | 36kg | 48kg

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Tigerbox® Premium Eco Wooden Heat Logs & Smokeless Ovals Long Lasting Coal

These massive packs of eco smokeless heat logs work in fire pits or chimineas and the smokeless coal ovals are perfect for commercial users, or those of us who have a large fuel storage area that may also have a biomass boiler installed. All sizes include free delivery and are HETAS approved.

Available in the following sizes :
135 Blazers Logs + 240kg Smokeless Coal | 270 Blazers Logs + 480kg Smokeless Coal
175kg Kiln Dried Logs + 240kg Smokeless Coal |  350kg Kiln Dried Logs + 480kg Smokeless Coal
288 Heat Logs + 240kg Smokeless Coal | 576 Heat Logs + 480kg Smokeless Coal


If you have any other recommendations, suggestions or comments on any of these fuels then please leave them below!

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  1. Reply
    Chris Prendiville 3rd December 2017 at 7:52 am

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this article plus the rest of the website is also
    really good.

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