Choosing the perfect fuel to burn in a fireplace or stove should be an easy decision, however, beginners tend to learn rather quickly that the market is filled with an abundance of choice. As a result, it can be difficult to accurately weigh up the pros and cons, particularly when it comes to firewood. Here at Pearson Fuels, we have a wealth of experience when it comes to helping clients choose the perfect fuel for their needs and in this blog, we have decided to go over a few reasons why you should invest in kiln dried logs…

Saves Time

Kiln dried logs are named as such because they are firewood logs that are dried in a piece of machinery known as a ‘kiln’. In fact, these furnaces are heated to temperatures as high as a 115°C in order to remove as much moisture from the firewood as possible and thus, improve its output when it is burned. Ultimately, this helps homeowners save time as they do not need to spend 6-12 months seasoning their firewood prior to burning it because the kiln drying process does it for them.

Efficiency

Since kiln dried logs are incredibly well-seasoned, they tend to have a moisture content of 20% or lower and this means that they burn incredibly efficiently. In fact, kiln dried logs are known to burn at much higher temperatures because they are so dry and this means that homeowners will receive a much more effective heat output. In addition to this, kiln dried logs also have an exceptional burn time compared to traditional firewood alternatives which is, again, attributed to their low moisture content.

Cost-Effective

Due to their impressive efficiency, kiln dried logs are an incredibly cost-effective investment for homeowners who are looking to save time whilst reaping the benefits of an efficient woodburning fire. After all, their high-heat output and long burn time means that property owners won’t have to use as many logs as they would have to with regular firewood and thus, can save money in the long run.

As the best coal merchants on the market, we know how important the decision to burn coal or firewood can be. After all, both options offer a variety of pros and cons, and that is why we help every client on a case-by-case basis. After all, burning coal can help homeowners save time, however, it is no secret that firewood offers the benefit of eco-friendly burning due to its carbon-neutral qualities. To find out more information about our range of logs, get in contact with a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!

Here at Pearson Fuels, we believe that it is important to recognise the role that coal mining has played in the UK. After all, it boosted the economy considerably after the industrial revolution and was the backbone of the economy for decades following this. With the government claiming to shut down all coal mines in the UK by 2025, we have decided to go over a few interesting pieces of information about the industry…

The 18th century saw the start of deep shaft coal mining the UK, however, the industry peaked during the 20th century thanks to the industrial revolution. After all, this steel age lead to the development of trains and there were more factories than ever before in operation. All of these required one thing: coal. As a result, the economy boomed and coal quickly became the most in-demand fuel on the market.

Although it had an industrial reputation even in the late 19th century, coal was also particularly popular in residential homes for cooking and heating. After all, it has an excellent fuel efficiency which means that it can burn at incredibly hot temperatures for long periods of time. As a result, the coal mining industry developed even further as the fossil fuel started to become even more in-demand.

With this said, the closure of many mines in the 70s saw the start of the industries collapse. In fact, statistics show that the number of employed coal miners in the UK fell by staggering two million in just under a century between 1920 and 2015. This downfall is reinforced by the closure of the UK’s last deep coal mine in 2015 and the government’s aim to end coal mining completely by 2025. With this said, there is some light at the end of the tunnel as there are said to be plans to open many surface coal mines.

From Country Durham to Northumberland, it is easy to see that the coal mining industry still plays a very important role in the UK, especially when it comes to employment. Here at Pearson Fuels, we make it a priority to supply our clients with the highest quality bituminous coal on the market and we think that this dedication makes us the best coal merchants on the market. To find out more information about the history of coal mining the UK, get in contact with a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!

According to statistics, there are over 7,000 chimney fires in the UK every single year. In fact, the vast majority of these deadly fires can actually be prevented with regular maintenance and general fire safety. Here at Pearson Fuels, we believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that our clients use the coal we supply responsibly and safely. Read on as we go through three of the most important fire safety tips that every fireplace and stove owner should know…

Regular Chimney Sweeping

When carbon-based fuels like coal and firewood are burned in a chimney, a deposit known as creosote builds up on the side of the chimney flue. Although it is relatively low risk in small quantities, it is important to have a chimney swept regularly in order to keep creosote under control. After all, this substance is incredibly flammable, which means that it only takes a small spark to set alight an incredibly dangerous chimney fire.

CO Detector

Another danger of burning carbon-based fuels is a toxic gas known as carbon monoxide (CO). In fact, this gas is so dangerous that it is imperative that every homeowner using a fireplace or stove has a CO detector in place in order to identify it in large quantities. Released as a by-product of combustion, the gas is usually released into the atmosphere via the chimney flue; however, large deposits of creosote can cause it to linger in the home. Since carbon monoxide is odourless, colourless and tasteless, CO poisoning can wreak havoc on a homeowner’s health for days, if not weeks, before it is discovered without a detector in place.

Fireplace Guards

It is an unspoken rule that children should never be left unsupervised around a fire. After all, they are inquisitive creatures and it is an adult’s responsibility to ensure that this curiosity does not result in a fatal injury. The most effective way to do this is to invest in something known as a ‘fireplace guard’. These create a literal blockage in front of a fireplace in order to separate young children from the naked flames without reducing the heat output of a fire.

When it comes to fire safety, it is important that a burning fire is contained. After all, if the recommended precautions are not adhered to then the life of every household member is put at serious risk. Thankfully, fire safety is as simple as burning the right fuels and ensuring that the flue is regularly swept. 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 one of the most well-known fossil fuels on the planet, coal can actually be found in more than one way. After all, everybody knows about bituminous coal but what about peat, lignite and anthracite? Here at Pearson Fuels, we have taken it upon ourselves to set the record straight. After all, coalification is a process that takes 300 million years to complete and this means that we can mine the fossil fuel in different stages of its development. Read on as we go over everything you need to know about lignite…

What is Lignite?

As coal forms, it goes through several different stages and these are often ranked by name in the following order: peat, lignite, sub-bituminous, bituminous and anthracite. Due to this, lignite is known as a younger rank of coal that hasn’t been subjected to the intense pressure and heat that older ranks of coal like anthracite have. This means that it is much softer, has a ‘crumbly’ texture and can found close to the earth’s surface.

Uses For Lignite

Despite its soft texture, lignite is a rank of coal that can be used in a few different ways. For example, it is often used for electric power generation and is sometimes used to produce soil fertilisers. With this said, it has a lower heat value than harder coals like anthracite which means that it isn’t suitable for most other coal applications.

Mining Lignite

Since it is a young form of coal, lignite can be found close to the surface of the earth and this makes it much easier to mine than the harder alternatives. In fact, an Australian coal mine in Latrobe Valley is estimated to contain around 65 million tonnes of lignite, which is thought to be a staggering 25% of the world’s reserves!

Although we tend to place our focus on home coals that have an effective heat output like bituminous coal, the team here at Pearson Fuels believe that it is our responsibility to educate our readers on everything coal related. After all, each coal rank is not created equally and early forms like lignite are simply not suitable for burning in the home. To find out more information about the coalification process, get in contact with the best coal merchants around and speak to a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!

Although experts predict that our coal reserves will be available for another 150 years at the current rate of consumption, it is important to remember that the fossil fuel is a non-renewable energy source. This means that we will eventually run out of it. With this said, the process that took place in order to create the coal that we use to generate power and heat our homes is rather interesting. Read on as the Pearson Fuels team go over some important aspects of the formation of coal…

Peat

Coal is the product of dead vegetation that has been subjected to millions of years’ worth of pressure. At the very start of this process, the earth was covered by thick swamp lands; when trees and plants died they would sink to the bottom of the water where there was little to no oxygen and this created a moisture ridden material known as peat. As the earliest form of the coalification process, peat is the youngest rank that coal can be given.

Pressure and Heat

Following this, the material known as peat was subjected to millions of years’ worth of pressure and heat. This is because the earth’s surface continued to change and the natural development of things like seas, rivers, clay and sedimentary rock started pushing peat deeper and deeper into the earth. In addition to this, the sheer weight of rocks like sandstone placed a huge amount of pressure on peat that literally squeezed the moisture out of it. As a result, peat gradually developed into a material known as lignite, the next rank of coal, which is often brown in colour and ‘crumbly’ in texture.

300 Million Years Later

Since the coalification process is not one that can be rushed, the next 300 million years continued to place extensive amounts of pressure on lignite, removing as much moisture as possible and creating a material that is filled with an abundance of carbon: bituminous coal! This is the rank of coal that is used in a variety of modern ways like power plants, residential home fires and even steel production. In fact, the implementation of bituminous coal is what lead to the fast pace of the industrial revolution, as it allowed factories and warehouses to run for hours on end and steam engines to travel greater distances than ever imaginable. Interestingly, if bituminous coal is subjected to further pressure and heat, it creates a material known as anthracite, the highest rank for coal.

Here at Pearson Fuels, we consider ourselves the most qualified coal merchants on the market. After all, we have taken it upon ourselves to educate our readers and ensure that they understand the detailed and lengthy process that took place in order to give them the bituminous coal they are able to burn in a house fire. To find out whether we can help you with your fuel needs, get in contact with a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!

Ever since the Industrial Revolution, the use of coal has increased considerably. After all, back in the early 20th century it was a great source of power for trains, factories and even residential households. Here at Pearson fuels, we recognise that the global demand for coal continues to increase every year but with experts predicting that we only have enough reserves to last for another 150 years at the current rate of consumption, the government has been looking for alternative energy sources. Read on as we go through three reasons why coal is still a reliable energy source…

Affordability

In comparison to alternatives like oil and natural gas, coal is the most affordable energy source on the market. After all, it is available in abundance and studies show that our reserves have enough coal to last another 150 years at the current rate of consumption. The biggest competitor is hydro-generated power, which uses water and is known as a renewable energy source; however, it does not provide the convenience of coal and is said to create more problems than it solves.

Creates Jobs

The coal mining industry may not be as big as it was in the early 20th century, however, it is still a very successful and highly sought-after source of employment. After all, in order for coal to be used to generate power and energy, there must be miners who dig deep within the earth in order to find veins of coal, extract it and transport it to the required facility. From this, we can deduce that coal actually creates jobs and helps boost the economy.

Land Reclamation

Once a mine has been thoroughly investigated and there are no more traces of coal, the land can be reclaimed and repurposed for another use. This means that there is no need to have an open piece of land that acts as an eyesore to beautiful scenery. In fact, from golf courses to national parks, there are an abundance of different ways that previous coal mines can be re-purposed in order to benefit the aesthetics of a local area.

Although it is important to remember that coal is a non-renewable energy source, large industrial power plants use more coal every year in order to generate energy than a single household will use in a lifetime. After all, as one of the most reliable energy sources on the market it is safe to say that the aesthetic value of a coal fire is hard to beat! 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!

Following the Great Smog of 1952, Parliament introduced The Clean Air Act in 1956 in order to combat the lack of quality air that London had as a result of burning fuels like coal and wood. In fact, research has shown that the air was so bad that you couldn’t see your hand if you put it out in front of you. Here at Pearson Fuels, we try our very best to promote safe coal usage and, in this blog, we have decided to go over everything you need to know about Smoke Control Zones…

Authorised Fuels

Living in a Smoke Control Zone means that you are limited in the fuels that you can burn as you are not allowed to emit smoke from a chimney. This is where the term ‘smokeless fuels’ comes from; homeowners are permitted to burn anthracite, semi-anthracite, gas and low volatile steam coal inside their home as they are considered the safest fuels.

Exemptions

With this said, homeowners that own exempt appliances like boilers, cookers and stoves do not have to follow these rules and are permitted to use unauthorised fuels like wood and bituminous coal in line with what the manufacturer recommends on the packaging. As always, the Pearson Fuels team advise our readers to check with their local council before buying and burning unauthorised fuels in a smoke control zone as it is important to ensure that you are following the rules. After all, the government issues £1,000 fines to homeowners who emit smoke from a chimney in a smoke control zone.

Areas in the UK

The majority of smoke control zones tend to be found within large cities like London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds; however, there are also many areas where parts of the local authority have been declared a ‘smoke control area’. As a result, this means that it is important for homeowners to check with their local council ahead of time in order to avoid prosecution.

With over 70 million new cars hitting the road each day, the need to promote clean air is more important than ever. After all, poor respiratory health can lead to things like pneumonia and even lung cancer. Here at Pearson Fuels, we stock and supply a wide range of smokeless coals that are perfect for homeowners who live in smoke control zones. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the team today!

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.

Uses

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…

Oak

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.

Maple

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.

Cherry

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.

Birch

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.

Pine

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!