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I live in Scotland, the ban is being considered here also. My home is remote and built around a central fireplace over 2 storeys with a backboiler central heating system. I currently get my coal by the tonne - 40x25kg bags on a pallet - the last lot I got was £260 for house coal doubles. The same supplier has a smokeless coal for £470/tonne which provides up to 20% more heat. The UK government's claim that smokeless coal works out cheaper doesn't stand up at first glance.As so often, the government is lying, I use smokeless fuel because my stove won't handle ordinary coal but in the past I have compared the two with open fires and any suggestion that manufactured smokeless is cheaper is sheer nonsense. If you think how it is manufactured , how on earth could it be? .
I live in Scotland, the ban is being considered here also. I hope the Scottish government sees more sense.
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