British made charcoal does not need lighter fuel for starting so you won't have taints on the food. “Just twist paper and light” Our charcoal burns hot and reaches cooking temperature within 15 minutes.
Our Charcoal Production
Four Seasons Fuel has been producing lumpwood charcoal for over 25 years. We have our own charcoal retorts to keep charcoal production on our site in Billingshurst, West Sussex. All our wood feed stock comes from local woodlands and reclaimed wood from saw mills.
The charcoal retorts are emission free when the temperature reaches gassing point of the wood feed stock within the retorts which turns them self-enfant and sustainable. The wood gasses from the retort pass to the fire box via the gas exhaust systems. As we use our biomass waste from our firewood processors to produce the heat for the retorts. We then capture the heat from to our wood drying kiln were we produce kiln dry firewood. By using the wood's natural gases to reheat the retorts the retorts offer significant advantages.
The retorts systems offer a higher productivity and more efficient way of scaling up production than operating a larger number of small round kilns. Our charcoal retorts offer possibilities of more efficient use of raw materials. A 4 x 1 ratio is a normal for these retorts compared with the normal steel round kilns at 7 x 1 ratio.
Why buy British?
If only half of the annual 60,000 tonnes demand for barbecue charcoal came from British Woodlands, instead of 5%, this would provide the financial incentive for the better care of 40,000 ha of Ancient Woodland. You would also get better quality charcoal as the wood from the British trees used is typically less dense than that used for imported charcoal. Four Seasons Charcoal is light in weight and does not have to be 'transported across the world' to get your BBQ. It is also produced from local coppiced woodland which helps keep our woodland habitats in great condition for wildlife.