When you burn fuels like coal and firewood, creosote deposits form on the flue in your chimney. If it is not removed through regular chimney sweeping, it can lead to a dangerous chimney fire. Here at Pearson Fuels, we recognise the importance of having your chimney swept and as the leading coal merchants on the market, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that our clients do not neglect their maintenance duties. Read on to find out three signs that your chimney is overdue for a sweep…

Unusual Smells

When you burn fuels in your fireplace or stove, there should never be a bad odour. In fact, if you can smell something out of the ordinary, like burning plastic, then it is often a sign that your chimney is in desperate need of a sweep. After all, a dirty chimney that has a lot of creosote on the side of the flue is often the cause of most bad smells and can lead to a dangerous chimney fire.

Soot Deposits

Not only is chimney sweeping essential in order to keep your family safe and prevent dangerous chimney fires, it also removes a built up of soot in order to ensure that the gases released during combustion can be filtered away from your home. If you notice soot deposits falling from the flue into your fireplace then it is time to call out a professional chimney sweep as this is a sign that your chimney is in need of some TLC.

It’s Winter

The average chimney should be swept on an annual basis in order to ensure that any creosote and soot deposits are taken care of in good time and thus, reduce the risk of a chimney fire. After all, it only takes a small spark for creosote to alight! Here at Pearson Fuels, we recommend that every homeowner has their chimney swept before winter in preparation for the increased usage.

Staying on top your fireplace maintenance is an incredibly important part of ownership. After all, burning fuels like coal and firewood can be dangerous if you don’t follow the safety guidelines. Here at Pearson Fuels, we encourage all of our readers to invest in a high-quality chimney sweep at least once a year in order remove creosote build-up and ensure that the fireplace is in a safe working condition. To find out more information, get in contact with the best coal merchants around today!

Here at Pearson Fuels, we believe it is our responsibility to educate and inform our readers about the different types of fuels that are available. After all, from imported firewood to smokeless coal, there is an abundance of choice on the market. With this said, many homeowners incorrectly believe that charcoal is an alternative to the fossil fuel known as coal when it is, in actual fact, incredibly dangerous to burn indoors. Read on as we go over everything you need to know about charcoal…

What Is It?

Also known as ‘char’, high-quality charcoal is almost pure carbon and is made by cooking wood in an environment with a low oxygen level. Although it is lengthy and can take days, or even weeks, to complete, this process removes volatile compounds like water, methane, hydrogen and tar from the wood in order to create what we know as charcoal.

Different Types

There are many different types of charcoal on the market depending on how and where it was made, including: activated charcoal, which is made for medical use; lump charcoal, which is made from hardwood materials and produces less ash; Japanese charcoal, which is almost smokeless when burned because it has pyroligneous acid removed during the charcoal making process; and sawdust charcoal , which is made by compressing sawdust and is the most popular type of charcoal in Greece and the Middle East.


Charcoal has been used for so long that it is difficult to date its first use in human history. With this said, it managed to develop a range of different uses over the years. For example, charcoal was used to smelt iron for many years before it was replaced by coke in the 19th century, and in the 21st century we now use charcoal as a popular cooking fuel for outdoor barbecues due to its high-heat efficiency.

When it comes to fire safety, it is important to remember that charcoal is not a suitable fuel for indoor use due to its high carbon monoxide (CO) levels. In fact, even the very best residential ventilation is no match for charcoal fumes. Luckily, the team here at Pearson Fuels can offer you some brilliant alternatives! To find out more information about our range of coal and firewood, get in contact with the best coal merchants around today!

Here at Pearson Fuels, we work hard in order to ensure that every single client is able to burn a cost-effective and efficient fire. With this said, it is becoming more apparent that the majority of people do not know the difference between the different types of firewood that are available on the market and how each one will affect your fire output. Read on as we go over everything you need to know…


Burning wood from an oak tree can be done relatively easily; however, the density of the wood can make it a very slow burner. With this said, the fire output is often incredibly hot, which makes it an efficient choice of fuel and research has shown that oak firewood tends to season over a 12-month period.


Similarly to oak firewood, maple tree firewood burns at a hot temperature and gives out a very efficient energy output as a result. In fact, it takes around a year to season too. With this said, the logs can be difficult to split into even sizes, which is the secret to an efficient fire.


The wood from a cherry tree burns at a medium heat which means that it doesn’t get as hot as oak or maple firewood. With this said, it gives off a sweet aroma as it is burned which can add to the aesthetics of an authentic woodburning fire. In addition to this, cherry firewood doesn’t give off a lot of smoke.


Known for being a good fire starter, birch firewood will burn incredibly quickly and create a very hot, bright flame. Whilst this doesn’t make it the most efficient output, birch firewood can be mixed with slower kiln-dried logs in order to increase its efficiency rating.


With a high sap content, pine firewood is not recommended as a source of primary fuel. After all, this sap can make it very difficult to season and this means that the firewood is very difficult to burn. In fact, many say that burning pine wood is messy because the high resin contents can cause sticky deposits in the flue lining.

Although we are known for our skills as coal merchants, the team here at Pearson Fuels are also equipped to deal with all your woes and worries regarding firewood too! In fact, we have a wide range of kiln-dried logs and imported firewood for those looking to achieve the aesthetic ‘Wow factor’ that a real woodburning fire can bring. Get in contact and speak to a member of the team to find out more information today!

As the best in the coal business, the team here at Pearson Fuels like to be as helpful as we can. After all, coal is one of the most beneficial fuels in the world. It is used in open fires and stoves in order to heat living spaces all around the world. In order to educate our readers, we have decided to go over a few interesting things that most people may not know about the fossil fuel we rely on so much…

  1. Coal Accounts For 30% Of The World’s Energy Needs

All over the world, we use coal in order to power electrical grids and generate power. In fact, recent statistics show that coal accounts for a massive 30% of global energy consumption. This means that every time you charge your smartphone or cook a meal, the likelihood is that the power came from a coal power station.

  1. Coal Reserves Will Only Last Another 200 Years

Coal is a fossil fuel that was created over a process known as coalification, which takes around 300-million years to complete. As a result, our reserves will not last forever and experts predict that we have enough to last for another 2 centuries at the current rate of consumption.

  1. India Is The World’s Fastest-Growing Coal Importer

Although China and Japan import more coal than India each year, and China sits at the top spot as the country which consumes the most coal, India is actually the fastest-growing coal importer around. In fact, according to statistics, from 2011 to 2012 Indian imports increased by over 65% from 105-million tonnes to a staggering 160-million tonnes in order to meet demands. This means that there is a worldwide inefficiency where countries aren’t producing enough coal to sustain their own needs and have to rely on imports from other nations.

When it comes to coal, it is important to remember that our sources are not limitless. After all, coalification isn’t a process that takes place overnight! That is why the government has been looking for renewable alternatives in order to replace coal power over the next few centuries. With this said, coal is still available in abundance in 2019, especially house coals like bituminous coal and anthracite! To find out more information, get in contact with the best coal merchants around and speak to a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!

As a fossil fuel that took over 300 million years to come about, coal has played an important role in our early development. In fact, many of the mechanical inventions we have designed are the result of coal power that was introduced over two centuries ago. Read on as the Pearson Fuels team delve deep into the history of coal and piece together the fragments that lead to the way we use the fossil fuel today…

Early Years

Coal production is thought to have started as early as 371 BC where references to the use of coal in metalwork have been found in written works by Theophrastus. In addition to this, references to coal extraction in China that date back to 200 BC have also been found. Plus, in the 2nd Century AD, the Romans took advantage of Britain’s abundant coalfields and used them to heat public baths. After Roman Britain collapsed however, the use of coal was not recorded again for 10 centuries until trading agreements between Scotland, Northeast England and London were unearthed, dating back to the 12th century.

Important Milestones

Following this, coal became popular with artisanals in London which created a pollution problem and lead to a Royal Proclamation in 1306 which prohibited coal for artisanal use, forcing them to revert back to charcoal and wood. The 15th century is when coal was reintroduced as a domestic heating solution.

Two centuries later, the supply of wood was running out which means that coal became the go to alternative due to its abundance. In 1575, Sir George Bruce of Carnock opened one of the first coal mines in order to gather coal from underneath the Firth of Forth. His construction of a 40ft shaft was considered a wonder of the time.

The 17th century lead to further developments in mining technology and many mines started experimenting with timber supports in order to prevent the roof caving in. In addition to this, a steam engine that could pump 60 gallons per minute was developed in 1698, which made coal mining much easier.

As the 18th century drew to a close, the surface deposits of coal were exhausted and miners realised that they had to delve deeper to continue trading, leading to the development of deep shaft mining. In addition to this, 1815 also saw the coal output of Britain hit 16 million tonnes, which was an increase of 62.5% since 1780 when it was only 6 million tonnes. Just 15 years later, the figures hit 30 million tonnes!

Industrial Revolution

Thanks to the development of deep shaft mining, the coal industry was booming. It played a fundamental role in the industrial revolution. In fact, it was available in such abundance that it eventually became a cheaper source of power than wood or charcoal. With the development of factories, mills and steam engines, coal was the number one source of power on the market.

Here at Pearson Fuels, we know how much of an important role coal plays in our power production. In fact, many people still use it inside the home in order to generate heat. After all, with such a rich history, it is rather fitting that the fossil fuel has travelled full circle. If you’re looking for a reliable bituminous coal supplier, get in contact with the best coal merchants around today!

As one of the most efficient sources of power, the fossil fuel known as coal has played a key role in power production ever since the industrial revolution. In fact, some sources say that China was using it almost 3,000 years before it was implemented in the UK. With statistics suggesting that around 40% of the worlds global power comes from burning coal, the team here at Pearson Fuels have decided to look into some of the biggest producers in the world. Read on as we go over the top five…

  1. China

As the world’s biggest producer of coal, China is also the worlds biggest consumer. In fact, statistics suggest show that over 70% of the energy in the country is derived from coal power. It obtained this title from the USA in the early 2000’s and many think it is due to the fact that the country has the highest population in the world. With this said, China is also the largest producer of renewable energy too!

  1. India

In second place is the Southern Asian country of India, which produces over 500 million tonnes every year. Shockingly, India still has to import large quantities of the fossil fuel, even with such large production levels, due to increased demand.

  1. USA

Once sitting in the top spot, America is now the third biggest producer of coal and can be mined in 25 states. Interestingly, the USA only relies on coal power for around 30% of its electricity production, with the remaining power coming from renewable alternatives.

  1. Australia

Down Under is known as the world’s fourth biggest producer of coal, however half of it is exported across the globe to other countries. Interestingly, each Australian state has its own set of laws that control the production and mining of coal.

  1. Indonesia

Ever since the very first coal mines in Indonesia opened in the early 20th century, coal production in the country has increased steadily year by year, earning it the title of fifth biggest producer across the globe. As an economical benefit, it is likely that money motivated the increasing production statistics.

At the current rate of consumption, experts predict that we have enough coal reserves to last another two centuries. Here at Pearson Fuels, we have a wide range of bituminous house coals and smokeless alternatives in order to deliver the picture-perfect aesthetic winter fire you see on the big screen! To find out more information, get in contact with the best coal merchants around and speak to a member of the team today!

When we think about burning firewood, whether it is in our home stoves or a woodland campfire, the biggest danger is always the fire itself, however, fire isn’t the only risk that is posed when we use imported firewood.

Whenever you buy firewood, wherever it is from, you need to make sure that it is fully certified. If you don’t, you may be helping fuel the industry of illegal firewood. In 2005 UK firewood was found to contain large amounts of wood from protected trees all across Europe: and this wasn’t the only problem.

Importing firewood is a tricky business as all logs need to be checked to make sure they are not carrying any insects, fungi or diseases which can wreak havoc on indigenous trees and wildlife. Invasive species have been transported around the world in the past through imported goods and have caused uncountable amounts of damage to both fauna and flora.

The Dangers

Whilst the UK has become much more stringent on checks for imported firewood, it is important that customers check that what they are buying is fully certified just in case. As the UK is unable to produce enough firewood to sustain itself, it relies heavily on importing firewood from across Europe and further afield. And don’t think that just because the wood is for burning that it won’t matter if the tree was carrying a disease or any insects; these diseases can spread by simply being stored in a wood shed and it doesn’t take long for any insects to jump ship and escape into the British countryside.

Always ask your coal merchant about any firewood you buy so you are sure that the wood has been sustainably harvested by a licensed company. Here at Pearson Fuels, we make sure that all our imported firewood is sustainable and certified because not only does it help protect the environment, it is also to ensure the wood is of a superior quality.