It is all well and good purchasing a fuel however if you do not carry out the necessary storage measures, you may end up wasting your money. After all, you want to prioritise the products quality and efficiency and one way of doing this lies within the secrets of storage. Thankfully, the team Here at Pearson Fuels have decided to lend a helping hand since we know how much time research can take up; not to mention the trial and error that occurs afterwards. Here are a few ways to store coal and firewood in the home…

Storing Coal

The act of storing coal depends upon a few factors however the most important is the amount of space that you have available. Whether this is located inside or outside, you must have the necessary room and equipment in order to support the task you want to do. For outside coal storage, you must ensure that your coal is covered and remains dry. Sometime it is wise to invest in a coal bunker that will do this for you if you know that coal will be a long term investment. On the other hand, coal can also be stored inside a wheelie bin. If you do not have the necessary space outside or you only require a small amount of coal then it can also be store inside. The best location is a basement in order to keep the coal cold and dry.

Storing Firewood

Compared to coal, firewood requires a lot of care in terms of storage since wood can rot and lead to insect infestations. The main priority when storing firewood is keeping it away from moisture since this will cause both of these problems and make your firewood less efficient when you come to burn it. If you are storing it outside it should be lifted above ground away from the soil on a concrete surface and they should be stacked instead of piled on top of one another.

There are many reasons for purchasing firewood and coal. Some people use it to heat their homes during the cold winter months whilst others put it to work in terms of business and machinery. Whatever your story, the team here at Pearson Fuels want to ensure that you are able to store your purchase correctly and as the best coal merchants around, we decided to put this blog together! For more information, speak to a member of the team today!

Here at Pearson Fuels we often discuss coal in terms of mining and it’s benefits however in order for it to reach your home, it must be transported from the mines! There are a range of different ways that the fossil fuel can make the journey and it largely depends on the budget of the coal mine and the time frame in which it has to be delivered by. Here are a few ways that coal is transported…

What is coal?

Coal is a fossil fuel that was created millions of years ago during a process known as coalification. Originally plant matter that was decomposed; years of pressure and heat lead to the rock being formed. The material is hard and combustible which means that it makes a very efficient heat source. Whilst it is a great source of fuel, it releases a harmful gas known as carbon dioxide so the use must be carefully monitored.

The Methods

The non-renewable material can be transported or shipped using a range of different methods. In fact, statistics show that 1 billion tons of coal are moved from one location to another each year! It is no wonder that several methods must be put in place.

The process of transportation begins after coal is mined and it is ready to be shipped. Trucks often carry the loads to a nearby destination. On the other hand, conveyers may be used if the distance is very short. In almost 70% of transportation however coal will be moved by rail although this is a costly method as mining companies must take into consideration the cost of shipping the coal to the suppliers.

Those who are looking for cheaper transportation methods tend to opt for a barge or a ship. The final method is a slurry pipeline which connects the actual coal mine with the power plants that the coal will be required for. Since these pipelines can cross stateliness and between countries, it is an efficient transportation method.

Coal is used for many different things and is not only purchased for use in power plants. In fact, a large majority of coal is put to use inside the home in order to provide a natural source of heat. With summer slowly fading and the autumn chill just around the corner, it’s time to contact your favourite coal merchants and stock up today!

It is no secret that the use of coal is a wildly debated topic and the ways that burning it for power affects our environment is known by many. Despite this, the fossil fuel has been used for hundreds of years in the UK alone, particularly after the industrial revolution. Although our sources and coal mines will leave us with over 200 years’ worth of the material, there has been a lot of speculation on the different ways that we can help to reduce emissions and in this blog, the team here at Pearson Fuels are going to go over a few of them…

Fuel Switching

Although it isn’t a widely used process as of yet, the governments have been looking into using other types of fuel as a means to generate the power we require and since our supply of coal is non-renewable, the need for alternatives increases every single year. Other types of fuels we can use in order to reduce the emissions of coal that are releases into our atmosphere include natural gas. These, however, require coal boilers to undergo certain modifications in order for them to operate on natural gas rather than coal.

Improving Efficiency

We can also work to improve how well our coal plants work in order to ensure that fewer carbon dioxide outputs are released without sacrificing the output of power we receive. We can do this in many different ways, such as rebuilding steam turbines and electric generators, improve their controls and upgrading the actual coal quality itself by reducing the ash content so that we less heat would be lost within the ash.

Carbon Capture

By configuring coal plants with certain advanced technology, we can actually capture the carbon dioxide that is let off as a by-product before it reaches the atmosphere. This is known as post-combustion capture. It involves using chilled ammonia or firing the coal boilers with pure oxygen instead of air to make the process of capture carbon dioxide cheaper. Although neither of these have been implemented commercially, research suggests they could be very beneficial in the race to reduce coal emissions.

Although there is nothing wrong with using coal in small amounts in order to heat a fire, it is our responsibility to ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect and preserve our planet as the current generation on earth. After all, implementing the measures above is the first step in the bid to reduce global warming and other problems. For more information, get in contact with the best coal merchants around today!

We often look at coal from the perspective of its uses. After all, as long as the most powerful countries in the world keep supplying it, what else could we possible need to know? Here at Pearson Fuels, we want to change the way people view coal since there is a lot more to it than the United States mining in over 50 states. Here is the production of coal by country…

China

As the biggest producer of coal for the past three decades, China sits comfortably at the top of our list. In 2013 they produced over 3.7 billion tons worth of the fossil fuel, representing around 47% of the world’s total yield.

America

With around 922 million tons of goal being produced by the United States of America in 2013, the country represents around 13th of the world’s production, which is considerably lower than China. The US is one of the most powerful countries in the world, and also the second biggest consumer of the fossil fuel.

India

Many are shocked to find out that India generates a lot of the coal that is used within the world. In fact, in 2013, they produced around 605 million tons, beating many high contenders. In fact, India import stand at around 160 million tons, ranking number three in our list and globally.

Australia

It’s no surprise that Australia is a big place however the coal output there only reached 413 million in 2013, making it fourth on our list and in the world. Interestingly, the supersized country exports about 90% of coal that it produces, with almost 400 million tons being exported in 2012.

Here at Pearson Fuels, we like to think that we are the best coal merchants around. Whether you’ve got a problem with choosing the correct fire fuel or are looking into seasoning some firewood, we’re the people to call! For more information, speak to a member of the team today!

Seasoning your firewood is not as difficult as it sounds as long as you follow the basic guidelines. After all, firewood is an excellent way to lower your heating bill every month. However, before you run outside and start chopping down trees to burn, you have to know the facts when it comes to seasoning firewood…

Planning

The process of seasoning firewood is lengthy and takes a lot of time, which means that it is vital you plan ahead. Ideally, your firewood should be cut in the early spring if you are looking to use it during autumn however some prefer to season their wood a whole year before they use it.

Away From the Ground

The idea of seasoning is to remove the moisture from the wood and keeping your firewood elevated and away from the ground is important when it comes to reducing the amount of moisture it is able to absorb from the earth. Plus, it also reduced the amount of bugs and fungus that are able to get in contact with your firewood.

Take Advantage of the Sun

The sun is a natural kiln that we can use which means that leaving your stacked firewood under the heat of the sun will allow it to evaporate the moisture much quicker compared to leaving it in a cool area with lots of shade.

Here at Pearson Fuels, we are the experts when it comes to all things coal related which is why we are the best coal merchants around however we also have an excellent supply of imported firewood and logs too! For more information, speak to a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!

Due to more stringent laws put in place by the DEFRA (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Areas) about the use of smoky coals used in residential areas, the need to make the change to smokeless coals may be a necessary switch.

 

Rising costs in gas and electricity means more people than ever are making the shift to coals to heat their homes using open fires and coal burners, but strict rules are in place to make sure that residential areas are keeping levels of emissions at a minimum to protect the health and welfare of residents. Smokeless fuel zones are now in place all over the U.K. To find out if your home is included in one of these zones you can check online on the government website under the category DEFRA.

 

So what can we do to reduce these emissions? The answer is to change your usual house coals for smokeless coals. Smokeless coals emit 80% less smoke than the more common house coals as well as producing up to 40% less carbon dioxide. As well as being better for the environment these coals also help prevent health issues caused by coal smoke.

 

Although more expensive than regular household coal they burn at a consistently higher heat and can have up to a 40% longer burn time. This means the bags of smokeless coal will last you longer, even saving you money in the long run.

 

Smokeless coal has been consistently improving since the implementation of smokeless fuel zones, and further investment into the industry means that it can only improve further; making them even safer for the environment and residents as well as improving costs to consumers.

 

If you live in a smokeless fuel zone and own a coal burner and feel that a change to smokeless coal may be necessary for you, Pearson Fuels are coal merchants that provide smokeless coal at competitive prices that is suitable for different appliances.

Coal is a type of fossil fuel that has undergone a process known as coalification in order to become the material we know and recognise today. This process was a slow one and took hundreds of thousands of years which means that our supply of it is very limited. Though it is easy for people to recognise a piece of coal when it is presented to them, not many are able to define it by its characteristics. In part 2 of this two part blog series, we’re going to take a look at their chemical composition and forms…

Chemical Composition

The primary chemical that is found within coals composition is carbon. Older coals like anthracite and graphite have a higher percentage of carbon whereas it is not uncommon for younger coals like lignite to have trace elements of hydrogen, nitrogen and even oxygen. The amount of carbon found in coal is due to the pressure it was put under during coalification.

Forms

The youngest form is known as peat which is a vegetative soil matter. If it was compressed for millions of years, it would become regular coal that is harder. Lignite is the second youngest, with sub-bituminous falling behind in third place. The oldest form of coal is called graphite.

Now you know some valuable knowledge when it comes to identifying the key characteristics of coal, it’s time to get in contact with the professionals here at Pearson Fuels. As the best coal merchants around, there’s no better place to shop for your house coal!

Sometimes you may find that the chimney in your brand new home is beyond use and is even considered dangerous which means that it could be time to invest in a brand new chimney. Contrary to belief, there are actually two different types of chimneys on the market and the team here at Pearson Fuels are going to go over them…

Masonry Chimney

This type of chimney is created using brick, blocks or stone and mortar in order to form a creation that can be a single brick wide or multiple bricks wide. Regardless of this however, a chimney liner is necessary for this type of chimney in order to support it. It is particularly required in order to ensure that the chimney is able to ventilate properly. There are three types available; clay tile, metal and cast in piece; which each have their own unique advantages and disadvantages.

Metal Chimney

Coming in either double or triple walled designs, a metal chimney can actually be enclosed within a masonry chimney, wooden chimney or a side frame if one was looking to adhere to aesthetic qualities. The double wall design involves insulation placed between the walls while the triple wall design allows air to travel between the layers in order to cool a chimney or insulate it. Always consult a manufacturer before installing a metal chimney to ensure it is safe.

Here at Pearson Fuels, we like to believe that we are the best coal merchants around, which is why we decided to put together this blog on the different kinds of chimneys available! For more information, get in contact with a member of the team today!

There are many different forms of coal and due to this, it is possible for each type to be given its own use. Coal ash is formed from burning coal in power plants that are used in order to produce electricity and instead of throwing it in a toxic landfill, the material is used for various other purposes. Here is the lowdown on coal ash…

What is it?

Coal ash is material formed from burning coal and it includes a range of different by-products, such as:

  • Fly ash which is a fine powder that contains a high concentration of silica. It is made from burning coal in a boiler.
  • Bottom ash which is a coarse particle that is too big to carry into the smoke stacks and thus forms at the bottom of a coal furnace.
  • Boiler slag, which is a molten form of bottom ash. After it is cooled with water, it turns into pellets that have a glassy texture.
  • Flue gas desulfurization material, which is a material left over from the reduction of sulphur dioxide in a coal boiler. It can be a wet sludge type of material or a dry powdered material.

Why is coal ash reused?

Throwing away coal ash is not very wise as reusing it in different industries has a range of environmental and economic benefits. For example:

  • It can reduced the emissions of greenhouse gases, reduce the amount of disposal in landfills and prevent harmful effects on the environment.
  • The costs of coal ash disposal is reduced and a higher revenue can be gained from selling coal ash.
  • Coal ash has a range of industry benefits like improved strength and durability.

Although we don’t supply coal ash, we do have an exciting range of house coals and smokeless coals! For more information on the type of services we offer, get in contact with a member of the team at Pearson Fuels! After all, we are the best coal merchants around!

A housefire can be a dangerous thing to have in the home which means it’s essential that it is correctly cared for. After all, it only takes a split second for a fire to spread if someone takes their eyes off it. Here at Pearson Fuels, we are all about fire safety which is why we’ve put together this blog on the most important accessories every burning fire should have…

Poker

In order to tend to a wood burning fire correctly, every home should have a fireplace poker at hand that is able to hook, rake and push the burning firewood. It is recommended that you choose a poker that has an insulated handle as this will help prevent burns. A poker can come in varying lengths however as one may expect, a long poker will provide the best protection from the flames as the user will be further away.

Tongs

Whilst a poker helps you move the wood and other fuels around safely, tongs come in handy when the firewood needs to be picked up. As the wood will be very hot, it is very dangerous to pick up the wood with your hands or try to balance it between two pokers so tongs are advised.

Broom

Whatever you burn, something will be left behind. For example, burning wood results in ashes. In order to maintain a clean area, this ash must be cleaned up however the last thing you will want to use is your own broom, which is why a fireplace broom is so essential.

Pearson Fuels may the best coal merchants around but not many people know about our exciting range of fireside accessories! Get in contact with a member of the team to find out more information today!