The period of time when predominantly rural areas of Europe and America became increasingly industrial is known as the industrial revolution and it took place during the 18th and 19th centuries. During this time of change, the reliance on a particular fossil fuel known as coal increased considerably and our usage soared beyond predicted figures. In fact, over 30% of global power in the 21st century still comes from coal power plants. Read on we go over of a few areas of interest of the industrial revolution that made coal so important…

Increase of Demand

Since the industrial revolution focuses on towns changing from a rural to an urban way of living, an increase in population meant that many homeowners had to find alternative ways to heat their home because forests were located too far away. This lead to an increase in the demand for coal and eventually, the price became much more affordable than the price of firewood and charcoal. In addition to this, demand also increased on an industrial scale too as coal powered gas lamps in many towns and cities in the 19th century meant that the fossil fuel had to be mined on a quantity focused basis.

Coal Powered Transport

Before the development of the steam train, the movement and transportation of coal relied on horse drawn carriages and cargo ships which was time consuming and expensive. In addition to this, the roads that were used were also of very poor quality which meant that goods often had to be abandoned. In an attempt to kill two birds with one stone, a man named Richard Trevithick built the first steam engine in 1801. It was powered by coal that was considered too poor in quality to sell which allowed the sellable fuel to be transported in a fast and cost-effective format.

Boosting the Economy

Before the industrial revolution, coal was a fuel for the wealthy and it was considered an expensive luxury which meant that many businesses would get by using more affordable alternatives instead. This changed when the demand for the fuel increased, subsequently lowering the price, and boosted the economy in a variety of different ways. For example, the iron and steel industries could now afford to smelt their product using coal power which meant that businesses made higher profits. In addition to this, coal mining also became a competitive industry and managed to provide stable employment for the working class.

Here at Pearson Fuels, we believe that coal has played a fundamental role in the development of Britain as a whole. After all, it has improved our economy by creating thousands of jobs and even paved the way for advancements in technology like never before. When it comes to the abundance of house fuels like bituminous coal, we like to encourage our clients to recognise the rich history of our industry. To find out more information about the fuels we store, get in contact with the best coal merchants around and speak to a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!

Here at Pearson Fuels, we know everything there is to know about fuel quality and how it can affect a fire. After all, our team are more than qualified to offer assistance whenever our clients need it. In fact, one of the most common error that we stumble upon is unseasoned firewood and homeowners who are burning it without understanding the importance of the seasoning process. Read on as we go over three reasons why it is vital that you season your firewood…

Removes Moisture

The main reason why firewood has to be seasoned is to remove moisture. After all, the average log has a moisture level of 50-60% but the most efficient firewood should have a moisture rating of around 20%. Luckily, this can be achieved through seasoning! After all, a high-moisture content can increase the amount of creosote, a highly flammable substance, that builds up inside your flue.

Efficient Fire-Output

Having a low moisture content in your firewood is essential in order to get the most out of your purchase. After all, seasoned firewood burns hotter and longer than unseasoned firewood and this means that your fire out-put becomes much more efficient because you don’t have to burn as much seasoned wood in order to achieve the same results.

Easier Transportation

Wood that has a high moisture level is noticeably heavier than seasoned wood, which has a low moisture content. After all, wood is a porous material and this means that it will soak up water until it cannot physically do so anymore. As a result, transporting and storing unseasoned firewood can be a difficult task because the logs are so heavy.

Seasoning firewood is a big commitment, however, the results can be incredibly fulfilling. After all, the entire process can take around 6-12 months and it is vital that you place the logs in a secure location that is above the ground and away from moisture. With this said, we supply a wide variety of kiln dried logs and imported firewood which are already seasoned so that you can cut out the middle man! 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!

Here at Pearson Fuels, we recognise the growing interest in smokeless fuels. After all, making small changes in order to benefit the environment has become increasingly popular over the past few years and this means that more and more house coal users are deciding to swap out their bituminous coal for a smokeless alternative. Read on as we go through a few reasons why you should make the change too…

Eco-Friendly

Perhaps the most known benefit of smokeless fuels is the reduced damage they have on the environment in comparison to bituminous alternatives. In fact, smokeless coals contain less volatile materials and have a high carbon content of around 98% which is why they give off less smoke when they are burned. This means that they release less dangerous gases into the atmosphere, producing around 20% less carbon dioxide according to statistics.

Efficiency

Due to their high carbon content, smokeless fuels are said to be incredibly efficient to burn and result in a very impressive fire output. In fact, smokeless coal fires tend to burn at very hot temperatures in comparison to bituminous coal or firewood and are characterised by bright dancing flames that can fulfil any aesthetic desire.

Cost-Effective

Although smokeless coals tend to be more expensive than bituminous house coals, many homeowners see them as an investment for the future. After all, they burn for a lengthy amount of time which means that your supply will last much longer. In addition to this, they are an incredibly versatile fuel choice as they can be used on a wide variety of appliances including multi-fuel stoves and open fires. This means that you don’t have to invest in a brand new fireplace if you decide to change your choice of fuel.

Although smokeless coal is known for its environmental benefits, many people are unaware that it can actually benefit your fire output too. After all, their chemical composition denotes a high carbon content and this means that there will be less ash remaining when smokeless fuels are burned, generating an incredibly efficient fire output. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!

For first-time coal users, it can be overwhelming when you receive your first delivery. After all, it is important to store your fuel in a safe location where it cannot be affected by moisture. Luckily, the Pearson Fuels team are here to help! Read on as we go over a few top tips that can help you decide the best way to store your coal both indoors and outdoors…

Outside

Coal Bunker: These days a coal bunker can fit in a garden without affecting the aesthetics of your exterior. In fact, they are the easiest way to store your coal because they are designed for that specific purpose, meaning that your coal is very unlikely to be affected by moisture damage.

Dustbin: If you are looking for a more cost effective storage solution, an old dustbin is another great way you can store your coal outdoors. After all, they are large in size which means that you will have a lot of available space and they are also less conspicuous than a coal bunker which means that you won’t have to worry about people stealing your coal supply.

Inside

Bucket: If you don’t have the outdoor space or prefer the convenience of indoor storage then a coal scuttle or bucket could be the best storage solution for your requirements. After all, they are a secure alternative and whilst they don’t offer as much space as a bunker, they will certainly keep your coal protected from moisture damage.

Basement: Many homes come with a basement and these areas can be the perfect place to store your coal indoors. In fact, they are often large enough to comfortably fit a coal bunker indoors if you prefer to dispose of the bags. With this said, it is perfectly safe to store coal in a basement inside the bags, which is a cheap and convenient solution to coal storage.

Here at Pearson Fuels, we know how important it is to keep your coal dry and that is why we recommend that you invest in a coal bunker. In fact, we stock a 250kg metal coal bunker that is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use! To find out more information about our range of products, get in contact with the best coal merchants around and speak to a member of the team today!

As one of the most important fossil fuels around, coal takes around 300 million years to come about during a process known as coalification. In fact, there are many different varieties of coal that can be repurposed for a range of different uses depending where in its life cycle it is when it is excavated. Here at Pearson Fuels, we supply house coal on a regular basis and in this blog we are going to go over the life cycle of coal…

Peat

Thought of as the predecessor of coal, peat is a soft material that is made up of decaying vegetation matter. Whilst it isn’t as effective as coal at generating power and heat due to its high moisture levels, its is very effective at cleaning up fuel and oil spills.

Lignite

The first stage of coal is known as lignite and is often brown in colour. It has a high moisture content of around 45% which makes it the lowest rank of coal and reserves it primarily for generating electric power.

Sub-bituminous

Coal that isn’t quite lignite but isn’t yet bituminous is known as sub-bituminous coal and is primarily used to generate steam electric power. It contains much less sulphur than lignite and it often found near the surface during mining, making it a relatively cost effective coal to source.

Bituminous

Characterised by its shiny black appearance, bituminous coal is the stage of coal that is used as house coal in order to light fireplaces and stoves. With this said, it is also used during steel production in order to creating coking coal.

Anthracite

As the most brittle type of coal, anthracite produces an incredibly hot blue flame when it is burned. In fact, it is thought to be the cleanest coal around and can sometimes be used instead of bituminous coal in residential properties. With this said, it is a slow burning coal that struggles to hold a flame because it has a high density.

As it stands, our remaining supplies of coal are said to be able to last anywhere between 150 and 200 years at current consumption rates. Luckily, there are still great sources of peat and lignite that can be found and repurposed. If you’re looking for a house coal supplier, get in contact with the best coal merchants around and speak to a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!

We hate to break it to you all, but summer is well and truly over. The grey mist is descending all over the UK, the shorts have been tucked to the back of the wardrobe and the beer gardens are reminiscent of The Specials ‘Ghost Town’.

But it isn’t all doom and gloom, autumn is here! The red leaves are falling, and even though it is colder, home is feeling a little cosier, especially when the fireplaces are lit.

We understand that fireplaces are our home centrepieces and living room focal point, so it makes sense to give it a make over to suit the season.  To add some character and flair to your fireplace this autumn, here are some top tips:

Mother Nature

Nothing encompasses the persona of mother nature more than autumn, nature goes through its most dramatic change from summer to the fall season, and these dried flowers, fallen leaves, branches and autumn vegetables like pumpkins can all be beautiful additions to your mantel. Seasonal colours and hues, like orange, brown, burnt amber and cranberry are warming and cosy colours that make your living room a den.

Harvest

Autumn is associated with harvest season, and because of this it is the perfect time to use seasonally-themed accents for your fireplace. Straw and hay, as well as rope accents help conjure harvest time feels. Always be careful with materials that are flammable and never place them close to the fire itself; faux hay and straw accessories are available that will be much safer for your home.

Spooky

The best part of autumn is Halloween. Decorating your fireplace with bats, black cats, spiders and witches’ broom is great way to decorate your fireplace in a fun way that kids – and big kids – will love. Don’t forget to add a pumpkin that you can cut out yourself.

Autumn is the time to get our grates ready for some fire, so make sure you are well stocked with smokeless coal and imported firewood ready to get you through winter.

As the experts in everything coal related, the team here at Pearson Fuels recognise why some people may call us biased when we say that the fossil fuel is the best on the market. Luckily, we have some interesting facts in order to back up our controversial statement. Read on to find out why we believe coal is superior to charcoal and seasoned wood…

Economical

Not only is coal an incredibly cost effective fuel to mine, it is also economical to burn too. After all, it burns brighter and longer than seasoned wood which means that homeowners will see profit in return for their purchase. In fact, many also notice that their electricity bills reduce during the winter season because they are burning coal instead of relying on radiators.

Abundance

Coal is the only fuel that is readily available in abundance which means that consumers should be able to continue purchasing it in steady supply for the foreseeable future. This is beneficial because produce that is low in supply often increases in price in order to compensate and since affordability is an important factor in the success of the coal industry, price hikes would be incredibly damaging.

Heat

Not only does the heat output of coal provide an incredibly aesthetic feature in the home, it is also an effective way to heat your home. After all, it burns much hotter than alternative fuels at a much steadier rate. This means that a 12 hour coal fire will outlast a wood fire without much interference. After all, wood must be regularly attended to in order to make sure the fire isn’t smothering.

Here at Pearson Fuels, we specialise in a wide variety of fireplace and stove friendly fuels. With this said, we like to believe that coal is the reigning supreme when it comes to the consumers favourite. After all, it is available in abundance, provide a cost effective heat output that can actually help lower your bills and burns 20% brighter than wooden alternatives. To find out more information, get in contact  with the best coal merchants around today!

Since its first creation the axe hasn’t changed much. It may be one of the oldest tools known to mankind, yet for all that time it has been used, it still has a few problems.

Traditional axe designs are difficult to work with and do have their dangers when attempting to split wood for firewood. Thanks to a man from the deep forest of Sipoo in Finland, named Heikki, we have now found an answer to these problems.

When cutting down trees to build a home for himself and his wife to enjoy their retirement, he was struck more than once when swinging the axe, which he had to lift high over his head to create enough speed to split fresh, strong logs – an activity which eventually gave him serious back pain.

Inspired by the prying power of his crowbar, he began to work on a prototype for a new type of axe head that would not only be safer to use but also more effective.

So, how does it work?

The axe may look very different from any axe you’ve seen before, but its simple design is actually a very intelligent construction that combines a lever mechanism with rotational action. The head of the axe is attached from the side, not the centre, altering the centre of gravity.

When you strike a log with the ‘Leveraxe’, the head will break in a few millimetres before stopping. The counterweight on the right side of the head forces the axe to fall sideways, splitting the log apart easily.

Leveraxe was featured on Kickstarter where it quickly became a very popular choice for funding and exceeded its targets by a long way. If you often chop your own wood and find that it can be difficult and even dangerous at times, then you may want to consider investing in a Leveraxe.

Their ergonomic design makes chopping wood easier than ever so you can have home firewood easier than ever before.

 

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a by-product of burning solid fuel: it is invisible, and odourless, and it can kill.

Although it normally passes harmlessly out of our chimney when we burn solid fuel in a stove or open fireplace, if a chimney is blocked or becomes faulty, then Carbon Monoxide can enter our home and become a real problem.

Faulty central heating systems and gas appliances such as electrical fires and ovens can also leak CO into our home, so what can be done to prevent leaks and help keep ourselves safe?

Symptoms

Because we can’t see, taste or smell CO, how do we know when a leak has happened? Carbon Monoxide is a killer, so it is important to be able to identify the warning symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning quickly. The 6 signs of potential poisoning you should look out for are:

  1. Headaches
  2. Dizziness
  3. Nausea
  4. Breathlessness
  5. Collapse
  6. Loss of consciousness

If you suspect that there has been a carbon monoxide leak, and someone is suffering from the affects, what are the steps that should be taken?

  • Firstly, you should get fresh air immediately. Open all doors and windows, turn off all gas appliances and leave the house.
  • Once you are out of the house it is important you seek medical attention immediately. CO poisoning can be detected by a blood or breath test which can be carried out by a trained health professional.
  • Before you return to your home you will need to have it thoroughly checked by a professional engineer to make sure the leak has been fixed and the home is safe to return to.

Protecting against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

How do you stop something you can’t see, hear or smell? To prevent Carbon monoxide poisoning from happening it is important that you follow these steps:

  • Have your chimney swept regularly
  • Have a ventilation system fitted above your fire
  • Use registered installers for any solid fuel appliance
  • Fit an audible Carbon Monoxide detector in your property
  • Inspect your central heating systems and gas appliances yearly for any leakages or damage.
  • Use smokeless coals and never leave appliances burning if you leave the home or overnight.

If your fireplace hasn’t been used for a while it can become the perfect entry point for rodents such as, rats, mice and even squirrels in some cases, to find their way into your home. Houses are well constructed to keep these access points for small animals limited, after all, no one wants rodents making their way into their homes.

Rodents are eager to get inside your home to take advantage of the warmth and the food you have on offer. There are even some flying pests like bats and pigeons that can use your fireplace to build their nests.

Whilst some of these animals will use the fireplace to gain access to your home, some will only enter the fireplace, which can cause a number of problems. A number of chimney fires are started each year when the chimney becomes blocked by bird’s nests, which aren’t cleared out before the fires are lit at the start of winter.

The easiest and most effective way to keep animals out of your chimney is to close your flue after using your fireplace. Closing the flue may seem easy but it is a commonly overlooked task. Having a chimney cap installed will give you added protection if you ever forget to close the flue. Regular maintenance checks should be carried out by a professional throughout the year to ensure there are no cracks in which insects can enter. Opting for a door on the front of your fireplace can help seal off an entry point for insects and pests whilst also ensuring your own pets and children stay safe around the open fire.

Your store of firewood can also be the perfect place for insects to develop colonies. By storing your firewood off the ground, and burning your oldest firewood first, you can keep pests from being able to multiply in your stores.

Contact Pearson Fuels for all your house coal and firewood needs.