In today’s society, we are all educated in the ways in which burning fuels can affect the environment. Protecting the environment has become a major issue and if we are to create a world in which future generations can live healthy lives, then it is important to find renewable energy sources and sustainable ways of living.

With around 1.5 million homes in the UK equipped with a wood burning stove, the question often arises about how environmentally friendly it is to have one. The Mayor of London proposed a ban on wood burning stoves in certain areas of London as fears grow that particles produced by smoke may lead to lung cancer, heart conditions and even death.

The UK already has smoke free zones in most cities and the recent proposal would mean that less wood burning stoves would be available to homeowners.

Are wood burning stoves as damaging to the environment as they have been made out to be? The truth may surprise you.

Wooden Logs V Fossil Fuels

Our central heating is powered by either gas or electricity; electricity which is mainly produced by coal burning power stations across the UK. One of the key elements which may make log burning stoves more eco-friendly than these gas or electric heaters is simply down to the type of fuel that it burns.

Wood is a carbon neutral fuel which means it does not produce more carbon dioxide than is already present in the carbon cycle. The CO2 that is produced by burning wood is reabsorbed by new plants and trees and converted back into oxygen or stored as CO2 in the plant itself.

Fossil fuels produce more CO2 when burned and increase the overall carbon in the environment as the condensed carbon has been locked in the coal for millions of years. This makes fossil fuel not carbon-neutral and can harm the environment as that carbon is not being re-absorbed.

You can source eco-friendly firewood from your local coal merchants in Stockport to burn in your home stove.


They come in many shapes and sizes and are pressed with different patterns, but all charcoal briquettes start out in a similar fashion. All charcoal begins its life as wood which is heated in an oxygen-poor environment.

Without oxygen the wood is incapable of actually catching on fire – instead, everything inside the wood, except for the carbon, melts away into a liquid or a gas. This leaves us with a chunk of concentrated carbon that we call charcoal. From here that charcoal is processed into either hardwood lump charcoal or charcoal briquettes.

Charcoal Briquettes

Charcoal briquettes aren’t technically charcoal, but a combination of charcoal and other ingredients that have been moulded into an easy-to-burn shape. The briquettes can be combinations of charcoal, starch, coal, sawdust, and sodium nitrate, for example.

Although it may seem to some that having a combination of ingredients in a briquette may make them less appealing to buyers, charcoal briquettes are actually some of the best on the market. Briquettes are used by competition grillers who cook in national contests.

You can tell them apart from hardwood lump charcoal by their consistent size, distinct aromas and flavours that they give off if used for cooking, and most importantly, by the binders and additives which make for an ashier burn.

Because of the volume of ash they give off when burnt, briquettes give out less heat than hardwood lump, and can’t be effectively used in ceramic grills. This is because the ash suffocates and insulates the coals.

If you are using briquettes on your BBQ, then it is advised that you avoid using the types that come pre-coated with lighter fluid for easier ignition. Lighting briquettes isn’t complicated, and you will want to avoid those kinds of lighter fluids and fumes getting near your food.

If you are looking for a coal merchants to provide all your coal and firewood needs, visit Pearson Fuels today, or check them out online.




Every year, more and more people are installing wood and coal burning home stoves and fireplaces to experience the comforting aesthetic they bring to your home. As well as being functional they also provide a focal point during casual family gatherings.

Although they are great functional additions, they can also make a bit of a mess and can be hard to manage. That is why more and more gadgets are being produced each year to make the owning and maintaining of a home stove or fireplace easier than ever.

If you know a fireplace enthusiast who needs a gift anytime soon, check out our list of the tried and tested, best gadgets on the market:

  1. Adjustable Neck Lighter

Lighting a fire can be tricky business, especially if you have a naff lighter or a bunch of matches. With a Zippo Flex Neck Utility Lighter, all those old problems will go away. With this gadget you can light a BBQ, a fire, a fire pit, all without getting your hands too close to the fire itself.

The wind resistant flame can be adjusted so you can access those hard-to-reach areas without singeing your fingers.

  1. Bellows

The best thing about gifting some ornamental bellows is that even if they don’t use them to pump air into their fire to boost the flames, they still add a unique aesthetic to a person’s home. Functional or ornamental: the choice is down to the receiver of the gift.

  1. Wrought Iron Tool Set

A 5-piece tool set will include every tool a fireplace owner will ever need to maintain and clear out their fires. The recipient can enjoy actively using the functional tools as well as adding an additional, traditional fireplace look to their living space.

  1. Fire-resistant Hearth Rug

Now you can help someone add different décor styles to their home whilst remaining confident that safety standards will be met. These rugs come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and designs, so there is definitely something for everyone.

Once you have all your necessary gadgets, all you will need is your fuel. You can buy all your fuel – whether wood or coal – from Pearson Fuels coal merchants in Stockport.