News from the Coal Federation: New coal and wood legislation comes into force on 1st May 2021.
House coal – Bituminous Coal – Domestic Burning
- If you already have your house coal delivered by an Approved Coal Merchant, nothing will change after 1st May 2021, they will still be able to deliver it to you until April 2023.
- After 1st May 2021 you will not be able to collect pre-packed house coal from your Approved Coal Merchant, they will only be able to deliver it to your home. Look out for the ACMS logo.
- From 1st May 2021 there will not be any house coal for sale to pick up and take home yourself. This covers all pre-packed house coal in poly bags sold through retailers (including merchants), supermarkets, DIY stores and garage fore-courts.
Manufactured Fuel – Briquettes or Ovoids
- From 1st May 2021 some manufactured fuels (known as briquettes or ovoids) will no longer be available and after that date only authorised manufactured smokeless fuels will be allowed for sale. In time these fuels will show the Ready Burn logo but the logo may not be on packaging right from the start. There is a wide variety of authorised manufactured smokeless fuels currently on the market.
- After 1st May 2021 wood logs sold in small quantities i.e. less than 2m3 will have to have a moisture content of less than 20% and must show the Woodsure Ready to Burn logo on the packaging.
- Wood sold in quantities of over 2m3 will need to be accompanied by guidance on how to season the wood before use.
Anthracite – Ffos-Y-Fran
- There is no change to the sale of anthracite as it is a naturally occurring smokeless fuel.
Footnote from David Smith TSU
Bituminous Coal – Heritage Steam Raising
The sale of bituminous coal for heritage steam raising purposes will not be banned from 2023 but it will only be sold and must be delivered in 50kg open sacks (as is often delivered currently to many rally sites) or by the lorry load. Inevitably it will be imported, mainly from Russia or Kazakhstan or Columbia.
In addition to the work Steve Oates of the HRA is undertaking in sourcing suitable steam raising coal I am also talking to specialised fuel wholesalers with a view to trialling alternatives to traditional bituminous household coal and anthracitic smokeless coal.
The alternatives includes BioCoal which although it is not yet suitable for open grate steam raising plant is being developed for that purpose by a number of research organisations around the world, including the UK. We hope to eventually be able to work closely with the UK organisations as the products become available for trialling.
We are researching the options available that could lead to a ‘carbon neutral’ road steam community. It is obviously very early days and there are not many models or templates available to us which can learn from at this point in time, but it is a topic that we shall need to have answers for in the future.