The article describes the behaviour of coke in the blast furnace. Factors, which cause weakening and degradation of coke lumps at temperatures above 1300°C have been analyzed. On the basis of preliminary testing of samples taken from a blast furnace at different distances from the tuyère outlet and tests for thermo-abrasion ξ, the advisability of using the pre-tuyère chamber for the assessment of coke quality at high temperatures has been indicated. Thermodynamic calculations for the determination of the chemical composition of the products of reaction of coke ash mineral substances with elementary carbon and air, as well as the behaviour of coke at high temperatures under inert gas conditions are presented. The number of compounds forming from coke ash components during heating in a stream of gases of highly differential reductiveness reflects the complexity of the physicochemical phenomena.