Can you burn coal in a log burner? What fuels you can use in your stove

small log burning stove with log store beneath
Can you burn coal in a log burner? The clue is in the name... (Image credit: ACR Stoves)

Can you burn coal in a log burner? It is question commonly asked by those who find they have a stash of unused house coal lying around and are wondering whether they can use it up in their new wood burning stove.

However, it is important to be aware of not only the effect burning the wrong fuel in log burning stoves could have on their overall operation and performance, but also of whether or not using it could pose a health risk or be breaking any laws.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.