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Solid fuel: coal and its benefits

clip_image001Solid fuel has been used by us for years to create fire. Coal was the major fuel source which assisted the industrial revolution, producing energy and providing heat to fire up furnaces and run steam engines.

Coal is a burnable solid fuel found underground across the world made largely from carbonised plant matter, and now commonly used as fuel to heat homes.

The formation of coal is produced by layers of plant matter up to 400 million years old that has built up through the years, and then compressed by water and soil coverings. Due to the limited air to the layers, the full plant decomposition was halted, so the subsequent heat and pressure produced chemical changes throughout the plant layers, forcing all the oxygen out and leaving rich carbon deposits behind. This resulting solid material became coal, and was found within the seams of the earth; the carbon is generally considered to be important as it gives coal most of it energy.

The composition of coal means that it is an ideal solid fuel to burn due to its temperatures and qualities. Between the 1800s and 1950s coal was the primary energy source for industry and transportation. Nowadays, despite alternative energy sources becoming available such as gas, coal remains an important fuel providing heating and hot water to households across the world.

Household coal is ideal for open fires, multi-fuel stoves and closed appliances. For your coal requirements see our range of doubles, trebles and briquettes, and buy online.

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