Coal is known as a non-renewable source of fuel which means that our supply of it is limited and it will eventually run out. Due to this, scientists and expert are looking for alternative and eco-friendly alternatives for when the big day arrives in the distant future. With this said, it is interesting to find out where exactly coal came from and why we have only just discovered its abilities in the past couple centuries. Here is how coal was made…

Coal was formed millions of years ago back when the entire planet was covered in swampy forests and the environment looked completely different to what it does now. In these swamps many plants would grow. As life dictates however, some of these plants died and they would fall into the swamps, with new plants taking their places. After a long time, the swamp water became full of thicker layers of rotting plant matter.

The process of this took thousands of years and eventually the surface of the planet changed, and the water disappeared. Despite this, the repetitive cycle of plant growth, death and decay continued and as it happened more and more layers were formed on top of one another after millions of years. The weight of this, however, meant that a lot of heat and pressure allowed for chemical and physical changes to take place to the material. For example, the oxygen was forced out of the plant layers and a rich deposit of carbon was left. This eventually became the coal we know and use today.

As the plant matter that was placed under pressure was formed million of years ago at different intervals of time, coal can be separated into three different types depending on the value of chemicals that are present in the material.

For example, lignite is the lowest rank which means that is has the lowest amount of carbon in it. Bituminous is the next rank of coal and is often called soft coal. It contains a high amount of sulphur however is used to generate electricity, concrete, food and even cars. Finally, anthracite is at the top of the coal rank which means that it has the highest carbon content out of all of them. It is characterised by is deep black and almost metallic glossy texture. This is the type of coal that is typically used to heat homes because it can burn for longer periods of times and gives off less soot.

The world of coal is quite an interesting one. After all, many people presume that coal is one single rock and that our supply of it is unlimited when it is in fact the opposite that is true.

Our range of coal here at Pearson Fuels is the best of the best, which is why we are known as the best coal merchants around! To find out more information about this interesting fossil fuel, get in contact with a member of the team today!

Coal is a non-renewable fossil fuel which is used to help generate electricity, produce steel and even manufacture cement. This small block comes in many different shapes and sizes. In fact, it holds many properties and an interesting history.

Here are 5 facts about coal you probably didn’t know…

  1. Coal is the cheapest energy provider source compared to nuclear, natural gas or oil. Some will tell you that hydro is a cheaper alternative, however it often sees problems occurring. This includes peak demand causing rivers to run dry in summer and rivers freezing over when a maximum supply is required.


  1. Coal provides around 56% of electricity used in the USA every day. In fact, a staggering 95% of the state of Kentucky is generated by coal. On the other hand, the electrical rates here are the second lowest thanks to coal.


  1. The coal mining industry provides many jobs as different workers are needed to remove the coal from its ore in the earth, transport it to the relevant unit, burn it and correctly dispose of the coal ash to the required destination.


  1. In an effort to combat air pollution, Beijing is supposedly banning the use of coal in six of its main districts by 2020.


  1. If the United States continue to use coal at the same rate in which they do today, they have a supply which will last for another 235 years remaining in the mines. Once this is depleted, coal is no longer available as a fuel.

Here at Pearson Fuels, we consider ourselves the best Coal Merchants you can find. We’re reliable, honest and crazy about coal! Why not tell your nearest and dearest your new-found coal knowledge? Get in contact today to find out more information!

Pearson Fuels is a family run business and a leading provider of smokeless coal, proudly delivering fuel to homes and businesses across Manchester and Cheshire.

The root of our pride is in our smokeless coal products, which are significantly kinder to the environment than ordinary house coal. Our smokeless coal fuel is fully compliant with areas that prohibit the use of normal smoke producing house coals, meaning that you can enjoy the glow of a warm fire whenever and wherever you want.

Another advantage of using smokeless fuel is that they are easy to use and up to a third more heat is obtained than when burning the same weight of ordinary house coal. It burns slowly and contains a higher heat output than some house coals, making it a more efficient fuel.

With the recent snow, hail and rain in and around the Northwest, we know that you will want nothing more than to snuggle down in front of your house fire and enjoy the experience of our top quality smokeless coal and premium standard fuels.

Our extensive selection of house coal, smokeless coal and kiln dried logs are second to none but our service to you does not stop there. We also stock fireside accessories such as log baskets, buckets, shovels and firelighters and have the facility to deliver your logs and kindling in bulk, by the bag or by the vanload. So, whatever your requirements, Pearson Fuels will not only meet, but exceed your expectations.

All of our products, including our smokeless coal and kiln dried logs are available to view on our website so have a browse, give us a call and see how we can meet your smokeless coal needs today.

Have you made the switch to smokeless fuel yet? If you are considering whether you should make the change, here is a list of the benefits of using smokeless fuel and reasons why choosing to burn smokeless coal is an excellent choice:

  1. Smokeless Fuel offers exceptional performance

Smokeless fuel provides a consistently higher heat than house coal and can last up to 40% longer. As you need less coal to achieve your required heat, you’ll save on your money too.

  1. Smokeless Fuel has multiple uses

Unlike house coal, smokeless coal is suitable for a number of appliances such as open fires, multi-fuel stoves, heaters, cookers and much more.

  1. Smokeless Fuel Zones

You may live in an area where burning smoky coal is prohibited. There are a number of smoke control areas in the UK where it is against the law to use unauthorised fuels, but with smokeless fuels you will not have the restrictions if you live in a smoke controlled area.

  1. Technological Advancements

Developments in technology mean that smokeless fuels are now more efficient and what’s more, it’s constantly improving. During the manufacturing process, solid fuels are meticulously tested to lower their smoke levels. Smokeless fuel is the latest and greatest modern evolution in the solid fuel industry.

  1. You enjoy a traditional fire

If you enjoy a traditional fire as the heart of your home, you will appreciate the fact that the use of smokeless coal means that it contains less volatile materials and therefore, does not give off any thick smoke when burned. As smokeless fuels contain high carbon content, there will also be less ash remaining after you have used your fire, which means less emptying of the grate!

  1. Cost effectiveness

Smokeless fuel is also more cost effective than your normal house coal. They burn hotter for longer, meaning you need to refuel your appliance less often. Burning smokeless fuels means that you spend less time re-fuelling your fire, and less money re-stocking your supply.

  1. Smokeless fuel is environmentally friendly

Last but not least, as smokeless coals produce less smoke when combusted, they also cause less localised air pollution. Smokeless fuels are gentle on the environment, without compromising their performance.

For further information on how we can help you make the change to smokeless fuel and smokeless coal, contact Pearson Fuels today.

Here at Pearson Fuels, we don’t just specialise in coal and logs. We excel in customer service and getting the products to you at your convenience. We also sell other accessories to do with fuel and your fireplace, including accessories for the side of your fireplace and bunkers. You could say that we’re mad about coal and fuel, but we’d like to use the word passionate. Years ago, it was a lot harder to get good quality ovals for your home fires, and many using their chimneys were not able to access some of the great quality fuels that we sell here at Pearson Fuels. Of course, the game changed when we entered! With countless years of experience and deliveries, Pearson Fuels are seasoned, tried and tested suppliers with a reliable service.

You can’t ask more than that! Not only are our ovals and logs great quality but they’re also affordable for everyone. If your chimney hasn’t been used before, we also offer a chimney sweeping service from our partner, Pearson Sweep. There’s no need to sit around and wish you had the warmth of your fire on. Just give us a call and we can professionally clean your house, and deliver some fuel whilst we’re at it! Smokeless coal, anthracite or kiln-dried logs, it doesn’t matter. We’ve got the best around, and it works great.

If you’ve been heating your house using traditional methods for a long time, we needn’t lecture you, but if you’re a new homeowner, or perhaps one that hasn’t looked into using their chimney yet, Pearson Fuels are the company to talk to! We offer the best smokeless coal and other types of smokeless fuels that will fuel your home with a lovely warmth from your fireplace. Not only do we sell fuel, but also accessories and bunkers to store your coal so it stays dry throughout the year. Visit us, contact us by phone or visit the online shop on our site. We hope to hear from you!

Why leave your fireplace cold and bare when it could be used to heat up your house? Fireplaces have been used for heating homes throughout history and there’s a reason why. Coal and other smokeless fuels such as logs can burn for long and cost a lot less than other, more contemporary methods. Most people have chimneys in their homes but they are not used! It’s usually because they’re old, or haven’t been used in some time. Luckily for you, we are partnered with Pearson Sweep and they can do the job as good as anyone! With new technology and good technique, together we can get the fire in your house stoked and going again. With our smokeless fuels, you may be able to keep that house warmer, for longer. Imagine watching television with the heat of the fire keeping the cold of the winter out!

You don’t have to imagine it. It can be real! All you need to do is give us a call by phone, or visit our online shop to order. Our ovals and logs are affordable and great quality. We also deliver from our location in Stockport. If you need good quality coals and other smokeless fuels at great prices, you needn’t look elsewhere! With 15 years of experience in the industry, we’re the ones you can trust to get your materials delivered.

It seems that affordable coal merchants are becoming something of a rarity. Pearson Fuels is here to provide for the everyday individual, with everyday needs. Whether it’s the wish to get your chimney working again, or if you just want to feel cosy in your own home, don’t let anything stop you!

We offer the best smokeless coal and other types of smokeless fuel that will do the job without causing too much soot build up. Be sure to check out our partner, Pearson Sweep, if you need your chimney swept. If you think you could benefit from our coal, give Pearson Fuels a call and we’ll see what we can do for you.

Of every useful product out there, none have had the effect on society and history that the simple coal has. From its discovery, to its use, it has been used to generate energy and heat across the globe for hundreds of years. From its use in traditional forging, to being placed in fireplaces like today, many men and women over the years have paid homage to the small, black rock. In fact, Britain wouldn’t be what it was today without coal. Though, we doubt that many homeowners across the UK wonder too much about that. The more worrying and present fear is that coal is becoming less affordable! What can people do, other than buy at high prices?

Many countries around the globe are taking steps against coal usage en masse, but it is affecting the simple homeowner at home, who simply wants to keep himself warm. Pearson Fuels have been in the business for years, and with countless years of experience under our belts, we have developed a business that provides the consumer with the power to select what to put in their fireplaces, at home or in work.

With a delivery service on many coals and accessories for your fireplace, we’ve built up a large customer base that has allowed us to provide coal to many towns and cities in the North West. Whether you’re in Stockport, Manchester or any town around, you needn’t go cold. Visit our online shop for pricings, or give us a call! We’re always around to provide great quality coal at affordable prices to you, the consumer. Even if you’re in a controlled area, we have alternative options such as firewood or smokeless fuels that will allow you to heat your home traditionally without breaching any laws.

With affordable coal merchants becoming something of a rarity, Pearson Fuels is here to provide for the everyday individual. If you’re considering using traditional methods, or if you just want to get that chimney working again, smokeless coal and other types of smokeless fuels (such as anthracite) will do the job better than any. If you’re in need of heat, give Pearson Fuels a call and we’ll see what we can do for you.

If there’s one thing people across the country are sharing this Christmas, it’s the cold. Everyone has stepped out of their homes in the morning and felt the biting cold, though for the more unfortunate, many feel it inside their homes also. For those with chimneys, it doesn’t have to be so. If your chimney has been cleared or swept, you can start using coal straight away.

Our partner Pearson Sweeps can help you with any problems you might have with a blocked chimney. Otherwise, Pearson Fuels can do the job for you. Our coal is affordable, and if you wish to use alternative heating methods, we’re the only place to go. Coal merchants are becoming scarcer, but that doesn’t have to affect you. Whether you’re in the heart of Manchester, Stockport or in Oldham, you shouldn’t have to be welcomed back into the house by a cold wind. Get that fire on and warm up your house for Christmas!

Whilst fireplaces are rather traditional, they have been a part of many British houses for centuries, and there’s a reason why. They are an effective method of heating rooms, they look good and the feeling of stocking and lighting a fire can be one of the cosiest feelings in the world. If you’ve never tried it, you’ll never know! Coal and fuel for fireplaces doesn’t have to be expensive. That’s why Pearson Fuels is in the business! Our ovals are effective, affordable and numerous. You can get to stoke that fireplace in your house right away with our delivery service, just visit our online shop for pricings and details, or call us if you need more information.

For great quality coal that doesn’t produce too much soot, our smokeless coal and smokeless fuels are useable in areas where other (more damaging) coals are not allowed by the council. If you are unsure, call us for details. We hope to hear from you soon, and of course, if your chimney is blocked or old, feel free to contact our partner, Pearson Sweeps for your chimney sweep Manchester!