Let's make the change
Wood is still a popular fuel choice for cooking and heating around the world, and about half of the illegal removal of timber from forests is thought to be for use as fuelwood.
A recent study has shown charcoal making practices indicates that the preferred type for charcoal was a dry Savannah forest for a number of reasons. The wood is dense, dry and slow growing which gives a good charcoal yield when carbonised. The classic charcoal areas are Asia, South America and Africa these are nearly all Savannah type forests. The Savannah forests are now become over-cut and uneconomic and the lump-wood charcoal industry are now moving onto the the humid rain forests, this wood is low to medium density and high in moisture and it takes around 6 tons of wood to make 1 ton of lump-wood charcoal.
This is not good news for environment and there is a sustainable alternative, Gloweco have taken a step forward and offer charcoal derived from coconut shells which is from a sustainable source. A coconut seedling only takes four to five years for the coconut tree to produce usable nuts, and thereafter each tree will produce between around 70 coconuts per season and each tree has a life span of over 80 years, this makes the coconut shell a very sustainable alternative to lump-wood.
This really is a no brainer and if you would like some advice from our technical team then feel free to give us a call.