Depending on where you live, you may have access to wood and coal to heat your home during winter. If you have a coal stove, you may wonder if it is safe if you can also burn wood in it. Here’s what you need to know.

Can You Burn Wood In A Coal Stove?

Burning wood is a great way to heat your home but it can also be dangerous if not used properly. One of the most common questions people have is whether or not they can burn wood on a coal stove. The answer is yes, with some caveats.

If your coal stove was designed to burn wood effectively, you could burn it in it. However, if your coal stove is newer than 2015, it is actually illegal to burn wood in it other than starting a coal fire, of course. According to emissions regulations, a stove can only burn wood if it produces less than 4.5g/hr, which simply put it can not smoke.

Coal burns hotter than wood, so if you try to burn coal in a wood stove, you risk damaging your wood stove. Coal Stoves are made with much heavier steel than wood stoves and will have a longer lifespan.

Why Would I Want To Burn Wood In A Coal Stove?

You might want to burn wood in a coal stove for a few reasons. You may have plenty of wood on your property you wish to utilize; it’s free heat. The prices of wood and coal fluctuate, and it is nice to be able to use the fuel that is currently less expensive.

While coal does have a nice flame and is enjoyable to sit and watch. Sometimes, however, the smell and flame of burning wood have no replacement. In addition, the light and sound of a crackling fire can be calming.

What Are The Best Types Of Wood To Burn?

Select a type that will produce enough heat when choosing wood for a fire. Softwoods such as pine or cedar are not ideal for fires as they don’t make as much heat, and you will find yourself loading the stove very often.

Hardwoods such as oak or maple are better for fires as they provide more heat and are less likely to produce as much creosote. If you are unsure what type of wood to use, consult a professional who can advise you on the best type for your specific needs.

So there you have it! You can burn wood in a coal stove as long as your stove is designed for it, and legally, it must have been manufactured before 2015. Burning wood has a few advantages over coal, including being more renewable and less expensive. Just be sure to use hardwoods like oak, maple, or hickory.