The United Kingdom is an industrial state which relies heavily on the use of coal and other types of fuel. In fact, during the industrial revolution the increase in coal consumption rose by a staggering 80%. Nowadays, we tend to use the fossil fuel in order to generate electricity and for more basic means such as heating our homes through a fireplace however this looks like it could be about to change.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has caused for a ban of fireplaces and wood burning stoves and whilst the confirmation of whether this would incorporate the whole of the UK or just London alone is still unknown, the response has been rather negative. Here is all you need to know…

It is no secret that burning fuels like coal and wood release harmful gases into our atmosphere however it cannot be ignored that the simple fossil fuel provides a very efficient solution to our need for power and electricity. Without it we would struggle. The Mayor however has decided that we need to improve the quality of the air we breathe and has suggest that a ban on fireplaces and wood burners is the way to do it.

Unfortunately a large chunk of the population rely on these appliances in order to stay warm during the winter and as you may expect, the response hasn’t been welcoming. One Facebook user commented that “London traffic fumes are far more invasive to asthmatics than any open fire or wood burner will ever be” whilst another asked “I thought bad air quality was a part and parcel of living in a big city?”.

An article published in the British Medical Journal was the cause of the suggestion from Khan, which stated that burning wood creates 2.4 times more pollution that motor vehicles, reportedly causing 37,800 early deaths in 2012. Thankfully we can rest assured for some time as the proposal is scheduled for 2025 where the idea of having small zones may be introduced in order to reduce wood burning stove pollution. Experts say that the ban would be at least 6 years away since it would require a legislation from the government.

Here at Pearson Fuels, we do not ignore the effects that coal and wood burning has on our atmosphere. After all, everything comes with a downside which is why we all have to make sure that we are sensible with our usage. Our range of high quality fuels include smokeless coal which is much safer for the environment and also burns warmer too! Get in contact today to find out more information!

Here at Pearson Fuels, it is safe to say that coal is our speciality. We know everything there is to know about this fossil fuel that was created millions of years before the dinosaurs were even a thought and now we want to give back some of our knowledge to you. In this blog, we are going to discuss some of the budding issues surrounding the rock…

Why do we still mine coal?

It is no secret that the consumption of coal causes a wide range of different issues and at the top of that list is how the fumes that are given off contribute to global warming. With this said, many people still wonder why coal is used on an everyday basis. This answer to this lies with the cost. Carbon emissions are not taxed which means that coal is a cheap way of generating electricity and since coal is available in abundance, it remains one of the most used sources available.

How else is coal used?

Since it is so widely available, the use of coal is not only reserved for power plants. In fact, there are two kinds; steam coal which is used for electricity and metallurgical coal which is used to process metals like steel. In addition to this, many homeowners use coal as a source of heat in their home.

What is clean coal?

As the emissions that regular coal give off are harmful, many governments have been working towards creating clean coal technologies. This broad term refers to a variety of different ways in which coal is burned and processed in order reduce the pollutants that are able to enter the atmosphere.

Learning new information is always exciting and the team here at Pearson Fuels love sharing our knowledge with readers and potential clients. As the best coal merchants around, we are the best people to turn to if you’ve got a coal related question or query that this discussion blog hasn’t provided an answer to. For more information, get in contact with member of the team today!

If you burn wood and coal in a home fire regularly, you can end up with a lot of waste ash. After you have removed the ash from the grate and cooled it in a storage bin, there are a number of options available to you. Whilst most people just throw their ash away, there are actually some practical alternatives:

Compost

After a forest fire, soil becomes highly nutritious and new plants are able to grow. This is because ash contains high levels of nutrients that are beneficial to plant life, in the right amounts. Wood ash is great for the ground, so mix layers of wood ash into your compost heap. Coal ash is not so beneficial due to carcinogens, so don’t include it in your compost.

Camping

Ash can be used to clean the grease from pots and pans when you’re camping. Some people use the ashes neat, rubbing them onto the pots and pans and cleaning off with water. For those stubborn stains, soak in a mixture of ash and water for a few hours.

You can make a thick paste with ash and water to make a great cleaning option if there is no hot water available.

Icy Paths

Sprinkling ashes on to icy ground makes for a more surefooted journey across icy paths. Make sure you only use ash from wood burning, as it is better for the ground when the ice has melted.

Paths

You can build up a garden path by sprinkling layers of ash on the ground. Over time, the ash will be trodden into the ground, gradually building up a pathway.

Slugs and Snails

Ash works as a great deterrent to pests. Build up little walls of ashes between your vegetables and around plants to keep them from destroying your hard work in the garden.

Instead of just throwing away your wood or smokeless coal ash next time, try some of these top recycling tips.

Carbon monoxide is an incredibly dangerous gas that can be caused by a range of different appliances within the home. In fact, it is so harmful that all households must have a carbon monoxide detector installed by law in order to warn the inhabitants that the gas is present. With this said, it is very rare that the alarm will ever go off, especially if you pay attention to the maintenance your appliances. If your detector does happen go off however it can be a worrying occasion and very few people actually know what to do. In order to keep families safe, the team here at Pearson Sweep are going to give you the lowdown on the correct protocol to follow…

  1. Open all the doors and windows

If you detector goes off it means that the level of carbon monoxide has reached a certain percentage and one of the first things that you should do is open all the doors and windows in order to try and remove it from the atmosphere.

  1. Turn off all fuel

Once you have ventilated the home to the best of your ability it is time to make the property safe. Since carbon monoxide is flammable you should turn off your boilers and fires so that there is no further risk.

  1. Do not switch on any lights, smoke or strike any matches

Since the gas is incredibly flammable it means that simple things could cause a fire. Of course, this is a very low risk and rarely happens however until the property has been serviced by a professional you should avoid doing anything that could lead to a fire such as smoking, lighting matches and even flipping switches.

  1. Evacuate and call the professionals

Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous to our health and since the gas is odourless it can take some time until people notice it is even present. Once you have completed the above steps you should leave the property and call the relevant professionals. It is also important that you visit your GP to ensure that you don’t have carbon monoxide poisoning too.

Carbon monoxide can be caused by a range of different things within the household, with the most common being gas appliances. With this said, the team here at Pearson Sweep know all too well how easy it can be for the gas to build up when people fail to have their working chimney swept. As the experts in the industry, we want to remind all chimney users how important it is to have their chimney serviced and swept at least once a year. To find out more information, get in contact with the best chimney sweep in Manchester today!

For those with an indoor coal burning fire it can be difficult to find ways to store your coal that avoids making a mess of your house.

Luckily there are a number of solutions for storing your coal, both indoors and outdoors. There are even ways of storing in small spaces if you don’t have much to spare.

Here we are going to take a look at some of the best ways of storing your coal:

Outdoors

Most people prefer to store their coal outside, especially if they have a large supply. Coal can produce a lot of mess and storing outside is the best way to avoid a lot of that mess spreading around the house.

  • Coal bunker: Coal bunkers can be placed around the back or sides of your home. Thanks to modern designs, their appearance won’t ruin the serenity of your garden. Bunkers provide the easiest storage option, constructed from hardy plastics or galvanised steel, they’re easy to assemble, hard wearing, and have a large capacity.
  • Dustbin: Old dustbins or even wheelie bins can be repurposed as a cheap and simple solution to coal storage. If you are using a plastic bin, you can even cut a hole in the bottom of the bin to let the coal flow through, making it easier to collect for your fire.
  • Piles: If you have the space or don’t want to splash out on a bunker or bin, then you can simply pile your coal outside. It isn’t the most attractive option, and it is recommended that you don’t pile the coal any higher than an average person to avoid any collapses.

Indoors

For those with little room outdoors, coal must be kept inside the home. Even those with outdoor storage will find it easier to keep a smaller store inside the house, this way you don’t have to keep running outside in the cold to top up the fire.

  • Scuttle or Bucket: These provide an easy and attractive way of storing small amounts of coal near your fireplace. Most are designed to be able to tip the coal directly onto the fire to save you getting dirty fingers.
  • Chest or Basket: Keep your coal out if sight with one of these. They allow for more capacity than a scuttle and can be painted to suit your living room.
  • Basement or cellar: If you have the space then make use of it. Cellars are a great way to store coal out of sight whilst remaining easily accessible.
  • Plastic tubs: If you’re on a budget, hardy plastic tubs can be used to store a small amount of coal.

With your smokeless coal stored away you are ready for even the coldest winter.