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How should I store my coal?

How should I store my coal?

Posted on 7 Jan 2021 By Coal Hut

Solid fuel fireplaces add a huge amount of character to any home, but where do you store all that fuel? And how do you keep it in good condition?


In this article, we’re looking at coal storage – one of the most important facets of owning a solid fuel fireplace.


Thankfully there are plenty of solutions for storing your coal indoors, outdoors, or wherever you have the space. When it comes to storing coal, sometimes it’s good to think outside the box... or the bunker!


How to store coal outside


Many people prefer to store their coal outdoors, especially when they need to keep a large supply. Here are a few ideas for storing your coal outside:

  • In a coal bunker - Coal bunkers placed around the back or sides of your house won’t interfere with the serenity of your garden. Coal bunkers provide the easiest storage option, constructed from materials like a hard plastic or galvanised steel, they’re easy to assemble, hard wearing, and have a large capacity.

  • In a dustbin - Repurpose an old dustbin or wheelie bin into your own no-cost coal bunker. If you’re using a plastic bin, you can even cut a hole at the base of the bin to let the coal pour through.

  • In a pile - Not the most attractive of options, but if you have the space, and don’t mind how it looks; you can pile a heap of coal outside. If you do store your coal in a pile, we would recommend keeping the height of the pile below that of a person.


How to store coal inside


It’s sometimes necessary to store coal inside, especially if you have little room outdoors, but it’s nice to keep a small supply of coal indoors anyway, to save you running in and out if you need to refuel your fire especially in these cold winter nights!


  • In a coal scuttle or bucket-  Coal scuttles and buckets provide an easy and attractive way to store a small amount of coal indoors. Most models are also designed with a lip that allows you to more easily tip coal on to the fire. 

  • In a storage chest/basket - If you want to keep your coal close, but out of sight, repurpose an old storage chest or basket. They will normally allow for a large amount of coal and can be painted or decorated to suit your living environment.

  • Plastic tubs-  If you’re on a budget, a simple large plastic tub will easily suffice as storage space for your coal. If yours is unsightly, just place it somewhere out of the way. For example, behind the sofa, in the kitchen, in the cellar, or under the stairs.

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