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…


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.


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!

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…


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.


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.


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…


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.


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!

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!