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Coal vs Charcoal: Why Sustainable Charcoal is a Better Fuel Source

Jonathan Hill |

Section Summary
Introduction Introduces the debate between coal and charcoal as fuel sources. Explains the goal is to shed light on the differences.
The Coal Conundrum Discusses how coal has been used for centuries but has environmental impacts. It burns for a long time but releases pollutants.
The Charcoal Champion Introduces charcoal as a cleaner, more efficient alternative to coal. Discusses the high quality lumpwood charcoal sold by Hillside Woodfuels.
Benefits of Charcoal Explains charcoal burns hotter, is cleaner, and easier to handle than coal. Compares it to superior options like aged wine and kiln-dried logs.
Sustainable Charcoal Discusses Hillside Woodfuels' sustainable and renewable charcoal production. Mentions their sustainability policy.
Conclusion States charcoal is superior to coal. Encourages choosing sustainable charcoal, especially from Hillside Woodfuels.


In the world of fuel, there's a heated debate that's been smouldering for years: coal vs charcoal. As the flames of this discussion flicker and dance, it's important to understand the nuances of these two fuel sources. Like a Swedish torch in the darkness, let's shed some light on this topic.

The Coal Conundrum

Coal, a black or brownish-black sedimentary rock, has been used as a fuel source for centuries. It's like the grizzled veteran of the fuel world, having seen action in everything from industrial furnaces to home heating systems. But just because something is time-tested doesn't mean it's the best option.

Coal is like a marathon runner with a heavy backpack - it burns for a long time, but it also releases a significant amount of pollutants into the atmosphere. The environmental impact of coal is a concern, making it less appealing as a fuel source. It's akin to using a sledgehammer to crack a nut - it gets the job done, but it's not the most efficient or cleanest method.

The Charcoal Champion

Enter charcoal, the sleek and sustainable alternative to coal. Made from wood, charcoal is a lightweight but powerful fuel source. It's like the sprinter of the fuel world - fast, efficient, and clean.

Our charcoal, in particular, is restaurant-grade lumpwood charcoal, a high-quality fuel that's perfect for cooking and heating. It's like the Rolls Royce of charcoal - luxurious, efficient, and high-performing. You can find more about our restaurant-grade lumpwood charcoal on our website.

The Benefits of Charcoal

Charcoal offers several benefits over coal. It's like comparing a finely aged wine to a cheap bottle of plonk - both will get the job done, but one is clearly superior.

Firstly, charcoal burns hotter than coal. This makes it ideal for cooking, as it can sear meat and vegetables to perfection. Just like a kiln-dried log can create a roaring fire, charcoal can create a high-heat environment perfect for grilling.

Secondly, charcoal is cleaner than coal. It produces less smoke and fewer pollutants, making it a more environmentally friendly option. It's like choosing to ride a bike instead of driving a car - both will get you where you need to go, but one is clearly better for the planet.

Thirdly, charcoal is easier to handle and store than coal. It's less messy and doesn't produce the same amount of dust or soot. It's like comparing a well-behaved pet to a wild animal - both can be fun, but one is clearly easier to live with.

Sustainable Charcoal: The Future of Fuel

At Hillside Woodfuels, we're proud to offer sustainable, Ready to Burn and Woodsure approved charcoal. Our charcoal is made from Ash hardwood, a sustainable and renewable resource. We're like the green thumbs of the fuel world, always looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact.

Our sustainability policy outlines our commitment to eco-friendly practices. We believe in providing high-quality, sustainable fuel options for our customers. It's like choosing to eat organic food - it's better for you and better for the planet.


In the coal vs charcoal debate, charcoal is the clear winner. It's cleaner, hotter, and more sustainable than coal. It's like choosing a gourmet meal over fast food - the quality and benefits are clear.

Whether you're a professional chef looking for the best fuel for your restaurant, or a home cook wanting to create the perfect BBQ, our restaurant-grade lumpwood charcoal is the ideal choice. It's like choosing a fine dining experience over a takeaway - the quality is incomparable.

So next time you're stoking the fire or firing up the grill, remember: choose charcoal. It's the sustainable, high-quality fuel of the future. And at Hillside Woodfuels, we're ready to help you make the switch. Just like a natural wood wool firelighter can start a fire with ease, we can help you start your journey towards sustainable fuel use.