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Heating: wood and its benefits

imageWood is the oldest known fuel, and was the only source of heating for thousands of years. Replaced by fossil fuel  during the Industrial Revolution, it was not until the 1970s oil crisis that wood regained its popularity, albeit briefly. However, with the rise of solid fuels costs such as oil, gas and coal prices, as well as the increasing issue with global warming related to fossil fuel, wood has once again become a popular alternative for heating.

Fossil fuels are not renewable sources of energy, meaning that we will eventually run out of resources. Whilst alternatives such as solar panelling are available, this technology can be costly, which leaves wood fuel as the cheapest source of renewable energy out there.

But perhaps more importantly wood fuel is environmentally friendly and does not contribute to dangerous carbon dioxide emissions; wood releases carbon dioxide - the same as fossil fuels, however it is considered to be carbon neutral. When trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen, known as the carbon cycle. For this reason, wood is considered an environmentally friendly source for heating, whereas fossil fuels do not have a carbon cycle which has a negative impact on the greenhouse effect.

Many people associate wood fuel with logs, but there are now many more cost-effective alternatives out there such as wood pellets, wood briquettes and heat logs – all of which are made from compressed wood by-products which would usually be burnt or buried in landfill. Heat logs and wood briquettes are recycled into efficient fuel types that radiate more heat than coal or ordinary timber, and burn cleaner than any other wood products, leaving only a small ash deposit.

So why not switch your winter fuel options to a more recyclable alternative, and contribute to a reduction in the use of fossil fuels. Order heat logs and wood briquettes online now.

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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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