As a fuel source, anthracite has many distinct advantages over its better-known alternatives (gas, oil, electricity, wood, wood pellets, and propane). The cost of anthracite can be significantly lower than alternative heat methods mentioned above. After switching to anthracite, many users report saving up to 50% on their heating bills. Anthracite is a clean-burning and smokeless fuel source.
Anthracite’s low sulphur and high carbon content makes it a clean-burning fuel. It produces virtually no smoke or polluting emissions, a major problem with wood burning stoves. Even small quantities of ash left over from burning anthracite can be used. The ash is excellent for aerating soil and as a binding agent for the manufacture of building materials.
For supplemental heating via a coal stove or fireplace insert, anthracite is easier to use than wood, unlike a wood stove which needs to be refilled often, a modern anthracite stove heats evenly without tending often.
Another bonus with anthracite is that there is very little ash to be disposed of with no creosote build-up in the chimney. Unlike wood-burning fireplaces or stoves, annual maintenance is minimal.