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CARBON TAX April 2013

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

CARBON TAX – APRIL 2013

Press Release by Robert Hudson, Crumlin Fuel Depot Coal Merchants Dublin
April 24th. 2013

AFTER COLDEST MARCH EVER, STEALTH “CARBON TAX” ON LOW COST SOLID FUEL TO HIT HARDEST PRESSED HOUSEHOLDS

While the focus of Budget 2013 has understandably been on the residential property tax, the stealth tax introduced by the minister in the form of Carbon Tax on Solid Fuel seems to be largely ignored. Following Ireland’s coldest March on record, the Carbon tax will be applied in two phases, the first of which takes place at midnight on April 30th. 2013 and add about EUR 1.20 to the cost of a bag of Coal and about 26c to a bale of briquettes. A second similar increase will be applied in April 2014.

FUEL POVERTY

The total amount of Carbon Tax on Solid Fuel from both phases will hit mostly hard pressed low income families and pensioners with an increase of EUR 2.40 per bag of smokeless coal and 52c per bale of Briquettes. This amounts to, on average, an extra 5 euro per week or 20 euro per month to people already struggling to heat their homes in freezing weather and only adds to the already serious issue of “Fuel Poverty” in this country. It also comes on the back of a reduction by 6 weeks, from 32 weeks to 26 weeks, in the Social Welfare Fuel Allowance announced in Budget 2012.

To put this combined total of around EUR 5 per week of an additional burden on home heating costs into context, the residential tax for a Home Owner in a modest EUR 125,000 house will cost about 4.30 per week. (125,000 x 0.18% = 225 or 4.32 per week). This Carbon Tax will indiscriminately hit those living in social or local Authorithy housing, rental accomodation, along with home owners.

COAL MERCHANTS DUBLIN

Robert Hudson of Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin responded to this proposed increase by saying, “As a Dublin Coal Merchant, I have recently witnessed first hand an elderly lady, living alone, and sitting in the freezing cold in her own home at 5 or 6pm in the evening for fear of turning on the heating and facing a wholly unquantifiable and perhaps unaffordable bill two months or more down the line”. “For many such people the Open Fire or Solid Fuel Stove is the only affordable way of heating their homes, with fuel that they can buy in small manageable amounts, fuel that they can see in their bunker, that is paid for, and that they can easily use as needed each day without fear of unexpectedly running up a huge bill that they may not be able to afford to pay”.
Robert said that other Coal Merchants in Dublin have relayed to him, reports of older people taking round trip bus journeys or lingering for hours in the larger shoppong centres just to get some “free heat” during the coldest days.

Mr Hudson continued “This Carbon Tax is an attack on those who can least afford it, at a time they can least afford it and puts children and the elderly in particular at risk of, at best, misery and distress in their own homes during the freezing winter months, and in the worse case senario, at risk of serious illness or perhaps even death”.

SMOKY COAL

At the same time as the minister is introducing this stealth tax, there is no corresponding carbon tax on Solid Fuel on the other part of this Island. This will lead to the possibility of widespread smuggling of both unregulated “smokeless fuel” and bituminous or old smokey coal throughout the country, and will enevitably result in a reversal in the improvements to air quality in urban areas, a sizable loss to the state in VAT on sales and other tax and employment related losses.
The Dublin coal merchant went on to say “As a revenue raising exercise and as an environmental measure, the entire concept may in fact be totally counterproductive, serving only to snatch money from the purse of an old aged pensioner with little or no real economic or environmental benefit to the state”. Mr Hudson concluded by saying, >”If it is the Government’s intention to reduce energy use, the way to achieve this is by rolling out an affordable and widespread home insulation programme that can successfully achieve a 30% reduction in usage, and not by forcing vulnerable pensioners to sit in the freezing cold for 30% longer”.em>
He is calling on the minster, even at this late stage, to review this carbon tax at a time when most already struggling low to middle income families and those reliant on state pensions or social welfare payments can least afford it.

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Notes to Editor

Robert Hudson is the principal of Family run CRUMLIN FUEL DEPOT, COAL MERCHANTS DUBLIN. He has been in the coal business in Dublin for more than 30 years.
He is the 4th. generation of his family of Traditional Dublin Coal Merchants.

Please contact Robert Hudson any time
Tel; 01 459 3861 or 085 7 345 300
roberthudsonirl@gmail.com
www.coalmerchantsdublin.com

Coal Bunkers for sale in Dublin – Coal Merchants Dublin

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

COAL BUNKERS

Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin, a Family Run Traditional Dublin Coal Merchants for more than 30 years, we pride ourselves on delivering the kind of Personally Sourced Quality, Excellent Value for Money & a Modern Professional Service with that Old Fashioned Personal Touch, as only a Family Business can.

Coal Bunkers - Coal Merchants Dublin

Coal Bunkers

Putting to good use our 30 plus years experience in the coal business, we personally source only the finest quality products, both here at home and on the international market. Adding to our extensive range of the finest quality Smokeless Fuel Products for Open Fires, Solid Fuel Stoves, wood burning stoves & multi fuel stoves, we are delighted to include yet another top quality product in our new range of Coal Bunkers.

COAL BUNKERS – 300kg – ONLY 129.99

Our carefully selected new Strong & Sturdy Coal Bunkers Range includes the popular 300kg Coal Bunker. This Coal Bunker, which will never rust or rot, is the one that we would recommend for most families. Unlike other coal bunkers that hold a maximum of a “1/4 tonne” (6x40kg bags) of smokeless coal, our Coal Bunkers comfortably holds 7 to 8 bags. This means that with our Coal Bunkers, you don’t have to wait until your Coal Bunker is empty before you order your next delivery of smokeless coal. With our new Coal Bunkers you can safely order your next smokeless coal delivery well in advance, when you are down to your last bag or so, and still comfortably fit your next 1/4 tonne of smokeless coal delivery right into your new Coal Bunker.

COAL BUNKERS – 600kg – ONLY 189.99

Twice the capacity, but just a little taller, wider and deeper and not a much bigger footprint, our 600kg Coal Bunkers are not only better value but more convenient all round. Unlike some other ” 1/2 tonne” (10-12 bags) Coal Bunkers, depending on the type of smokeless coal, our better value Coal Bunkers can hold up to 15 x 40kg bags of smokeless fuel. Not only will you save on the cost of this 600kg Coal Bunker, but also save on your valuable time and money along with peace of mind by stocking up with larger smokeless coal deliveries less often, earlier in the season and perhaps at better prices.

SPECIAL OFFER – COAL DELIVERY DUBLIN

We will happily deliver your new Coal Bunker Directly to your home anywhere in Dublin for a small charge of 15.00.
However, as a Special offer for this week only, we will deliver your new Coal Bunker FREE OF CHARGE with your Smokeless Coal Delivery of 6x40kg bags or more. That’s a direct saving of 15.00 to you on your Coal Bunker & your premium smokeless COAL DELIVERY.

Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin
Call our Home Delivery Hotline now on 01 459 3861

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Dedicated Coal Delivery Dublin

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The Cosy Comfort of a Real Fire Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin, a family run traditional Dublin Coal Merchants for more than 30 years with daily coal deliveries Dublin South and regular coal deliveries Dublin All Areas. As one of the few remaining dedicated Coal Merchants Dublin our one and only focus is on the home heating needs of our customers. We are not a builders suppliers, garden centre, or any of those business’ who now sell cheap coal as a side line to subsidise their main business during quiet periods. Whilst we always strive for the very best value for money, we never source “Cheap Coal” as a poor alternative to the finest quality smokeless coal products. Putting our 30 years experience to good use, we personally source only the finest quality solid fuel supplies at the best prices, both home and abroad. Our experience is in the coal business, it’s what we do, it’s what we know best. Whether you have an open fire, back boiler or solid fuel stove our experience and knowledge means that you can rely on us to advise you on the best smokeless coal or best smokeless coal combination to get the best value and most effecient performance from your Open Fire, Back Boiler or Solid Fuel Stove, Wood Burning Stove or Multi Fuel Stove. Here at Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin, Our Free Solid Fuel Advisory Service is only a phone call away on 01 459 3861

DEDICATED COAL DELIVERY DUBLIN
At Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin, at the start of each day, regardless of weather conditions, our one and only concern is getting your smokeless coal delivery directly to your home, on time, every time. We do not have another more profitable customer base or supply range that will take priority over the home heating needs of our customers, especially when demand rises. When the winter really kicks in, our excellent coal delivery service is our one and only priority, just when you need it most.
As a family run Traditional Coal Merchants Dublin, our total commitment is to supplying only the Finest Quality Smokeless Fuels, with excellent value for money, and a modern professional service with that old fashioned personal touch, as only a family run business can.

Please visit our HOME PAGE where you can find out more ABOUT US, the kind of personal service that we pride ourselves on, and our SPECIAL OFFERS that we have from time to time to introduce you to the kind Quality, Value for Money, and excellent service that you will come to expect as normal.

Robert Hudson is a 4th. generation Dublin coal merchant. He studied with the UK Solid Fuel Advisory Service and has been the owner of Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin for over 30 years.

Coal Prices Dublin – Coal Merchants South Dublin

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Coal Delivery Dublin, Crumlin Fuel DepotCrumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin offer great deals on coal prices at all times of the year. But our Special Introductory Offers are very tempting indeed. For cheaper coal prices and a free offer with every 1/4 tonne of the finest quality smokeless coal, along with daily coal delivery Dublin South Side and regular smokeless coal delivery Dublin all areas, please call our Coal Delivery Dublin Hotline now on 01 459 3861..

Remember, our Special Introductory Offers still guarantee last years cheapest coal prices .

Coal Delivery Dublin
Despite a more than 30% increase in Gas Prices in the last year or so and a similar continuing upward spiral in home heating oil costs we are delighted to say yet again this year that there is NO INCREASE IN OUR SOLID FUEL PRICES<. So whether you use smokeless coal as your primary source of heating in your Open Fire or Solid Fuel Stove, or to just enjoy the cosy comfort of a real coal fire on the coldest winter evenings or weekends, while at the same timereducing your costs and dependence on your oil or gas heating, please order now for coal delivery Dublin all areas and avail of last years cheap coal prices.

p>Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin offer 4 easy ways to order for home delivery ;

CALL our Home Delivery Hotline on 01 459 3861

ORDER ONLINE by completing our order form/comment box. We will call you to arrange a convenient time to deliver your fuel.

ORDER BY TEXT to 085 7 345 300. We will call you right back to confirm a delivery time to suit you, or if you prefer, we can handle your coal order by Text Message right through to Delivery.

EMAIL to robert@coalmerchantsdublin.com

There has never been a better time to enjoy the cosy comfort of a Real Coal Fire from Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin.

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Coal Merchants Dublin – Simple Safety Tips

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

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 Simple Safety Tips for Open Fires & Solid Fuel Stoves from Coal Merchants Dublin

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As austerity bites everywhere and oil prices continue on an upward spiral, Coal Merchants across the nation have seen a slight but welcomed upturn in business. Meanwhile, natural gas prices have increased by more than 30% in Ireland in the last year alone. Some of these are returning customers who had changed to oil or gas heating some years ago when times were better, but are now using their existing open fire again in the evenings and at weekends as a suppliment to their main supply, and to significantly reduce their oil or gas bills at the same time. Others are people who are now discovering the warm and welcoming wonder of an open fire for the first time. Furthermore, an increasing number of families are installing one of the many stylish and highly efficient solid fuel stoves that are available on the market now. What’s the common denominator among these people? 1. More predictable and more easily managed bills and 2. The unbeatable cosy comfort of a real fire.
Robert Hudson of Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin said, “As oil and gas prices have increased enormously, we have managed to drive down our costs to maintain our prices at the same, or even more competitive levels and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future”.  Most coal merchants have seen an increase in people returning to the trusty open fire or solid fuel stove as hard pressed families juggle reduced incomes with increased energy costs. However, Robert Hudson, the 4th generation of his family of traditional Dublin coal merchants, continued “while there has never been a better time to enjoy the cosy comfort of a real fire, it’s also a perfect time to remind ourselves, and those around us, of a few simple safety tips.”

 

Coal Merchants Dublin Simple Safety Tips

1. Always use a Fire Guard on all open fires.

2. Never leave children or people with mobility difficulties alone near an open fire or solid fuel stove.

3. Be careful not to leave kindling, fire lighters, or exposed fuel close to the fire.

4. Never attempt to dry clothes by the fireside or solid fuel stove.

5. Be extremely careful using a mirror over the mantle, particularly children with loose clothing/night clothes.

6. Have your chimney swept at least one a year when mostly using smokeless fuel, and twice a year when using predominently bituminous coal (smokey coal), wood, briquettes or turf.

7. Install a carbon monoxide detector as with all oil, gas and solid fuel heating.

8. Install smoke alarms throughout your home  (and regularly check that the batteries are working).

9. Only use quality fuels that are approved and suitable for your particular fire or solid fuel stove.
10. CHECK THE BATTERIES in your Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors TODAY 

 

  Enjoy the warm and welcoming glow of a real fire with family and friends, or put your feet up and steal a few moments alone by the fireside with a good book or a movie, secure in the knowledge that everything is safe and sound.

 

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Robert Hudson is the 4th. generation of his family of  Traditional Coal Merchants Dublin.

Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin is a family run Smokeless Fuel and Coal Suppliers for more than 30 years, with daily smokeless coal delivery Dublin South Side, and regular smokeless coal delivery Dublin all areas.

To contact Robert Hudson or Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin see www.coalmerchantsdublin.com  email robert@coalmerchantsdublin.com or call 01 459 3861

 

 

 

 

Coal Merchants Dublin – Fuel Security, Is Coal the Future?

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Coal Merchants Dublin

Security of Supply – Is Coal the future?

Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin are trying here to look at the way that coal has been used not only over the years, but over the millennia. From the earliest prehistoric times when our ancestors discovered that those lovely shiny black rocks could burn, through to using coal for cooking, heating and pottery, and right to the Industrial Revolution of the 1700s powered by coal and steam engines, coal has been a vital component of human development over millennia. Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin, remind us here that while tradition of coal goes back over thousands of years, the use of coal to produce electricty is pretty recent in real terms in the overall history of energy production. Even though we have seen the emergence of modern technologies over the years, coal as an energy solution is most certainly an attractive proposition for the future. Here we look at some of the pros and cons of coal as an energy solution:

Coal Merchants Dublin look at the pros and cons

Smokeless Coal Delivery Dublin, Crumlin Fuel Depot, Col Merchants Dublin

Traditional Coal Merchants Dublin

1. As coal merchants Dublin, we focus on availability – One of the biggest benefit of coal as an energy solution is its abundance. The United States Energy Information Administration recently published figures of more than 930 billion short tonnes of recoverable coal reserves worldwide. This represents more than 130 years supply of  already discovered, economically recoverable reserves of coal. As we progress into the future, it is not unreasonable to assume that there are many more billions of tonnes of coal reserves as yet undiscovered. Furthermore, it is far easier to establish their locations and extract the mineral using modern technologies than with any other energy sources. In addition there are huge resources worldwide in what was previously considered to be uneconomic mines, not least in our neighbouring island.

  2. Of Course as coal merchants Dublin, price is a major determination for Crumlin Fuel Depot as price filters down to the end user, our curtomer!  – Coal is indeed one of the cheapest accessible energy sources. In addition to its abundance, the actual systems for generating electricity from coal is cheaper than any alternatives,  even nuclear or hydroelectric power.

3. Safety – Nuclear power is indeed considered to be a very clean and safe energy resource. Meanwhile, energy and electricity generated from coal is considered much safer. It is clear that an incident at a coal powered plant in Ireland will not cause as widespread a disaster such as would be expected following an accident at a nuclear powered processing plant in Ireland.

Cons

 Climate Change..- Coal,  Gas and Oil are forms of carbon, which on burning produces carbon dioxide (CO2).  This has long-term effects on weather and biodiversity. With regard to coal, various steps are being taken to address these issues. Today, with current technology, it is possible to filter out 99% of the tiny particles and remove more than 95% of the acid rain pollutants in coal. “Clean coal” technologies are here something that we have to look at. Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin will take a closer look at the exciting advent of “Carbon Capture and Collection” in another article very soon.

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Robert Hudson is proprietor of

Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin.

A 3rd generation coal merchants Dublin, Crumlin Fuel Depot has been serving DublinFamilies for more than 30 years.

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Solid Fuel Stoves Dublin, Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Cosy Modern Solid Fuel Stove

Solid Fuel Stoves making a big comeback,

 Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin

 

 Solid Fuel Stoves Dublin

For a host of reasons as diverse as excellent value for money to concerns about energy and SECURITY OF SUPPLY , Solid Fuel Stoves are gaining hugely in popularity in homes all over Ireland, but particularly in the capital Dublin. With so many New & Stylish, cost effective and highly efficient Solid Fuel Stoves on the market in Ireland today, Leading Interior Designers often first create the whole “hearth” of the home with the latest Chic Solid Fuel Stove in the family livingroom or kitchen and expand out throughout the home from there. As you contemplate your choice of Modern Contemporary or Traditional Style Solid Fuel Stoves, there is a vast array of the most beautiful, most efficient and most cost effective Solid Fuel Stoves and wood burning stoves on display in showrooms all across Dublin, (and I will discuss some solid fuel stoves and solid fuel stoves suppliers/showrooms another time soon )

But first let me explore the kind of smokeless fuel that will give you the highest heat output and optimal performance in your new Solid Fuel Stoves. 

Along with wood burning stoves, many of the stylish and highly efficient Solid Fuel Stoves available on the market in Dublin now are the highly acclaimed “Multi Fuel Stoves” or “Multi-Fuel Burners”. As that name suggests, you can burn most solid fuels and smokeless coal in these solid fuel stoves. Most of the SMOKELESS FUEL PRODUCTS we supply are very suitable for burning in these Multi-Fuel solid fuel stoves. Indeed, in most cases I would initially recommend our regular Smokeless Fuels such as our PREMIUM QUALITY MASTERBLEND or DIAMOND BLEND for use in most new multi fuel stoves. For ease of lighting and a more lively, flamey performance in the stove, our more easily manageable range of Smokeless Fuels is an excellent choice for most solid fuel stoves. Along with our Renewable, Carbon Neutral Firewood Logs, Bord na Mona Peat Briquettes, our NEW Coal Briquettes and even our traditional homely and aromatic Turf, the menu from which you can choose is extensive.

CLEARGLOW ANTHRACITE for Solid Fuel Stoves

Our High Quality Clearglow Anthracite is ultimately what you want to aspire to as the MAIN fuel supply in most multi fuel stoves / solid fuel stoves. It is at the highest end of the scale of smokeless fuels and burns differently to our regular Smokeless Coal. Clearglow anthracite is a high quality high heat output, extremely hard, naturally smokeless coal. It has a Higher Calorific Value, which means a higher heat output, and is perfect as the main fuel supply in most multi-fuel stoves / solid fuel stoves with a boiler providing constant hot water and optimum heat output from the radiators around the house.
It is a little harder to ignite and initially it is a little slower to get going in your solid fuel stove. But it is correspondingly much longer lasting and better value. Clearglow Anthracite is very responsive to the draught controls on modern solid fuel stoves and will burn for much longer, with a higher heat output and better overall performance. This is especially true in the very coldest winter weather, where for the sake of a shovelful or two of Clearglow Anthracite before bedtime you can keep your Solid Fuel Stove burning overnight. With just a little trial and error you can set the draught control on your solid fuel stove to the ideal level to put your fire into “sleep mode” and keep your home warm and toasty right throughout the coldest winter nights. Just turn up the air control again before refulling the next morning, and within minutes you have a blazing fire again. Because there is no need reset the fire and to fully refill the fire-box the next morning, nor indeed to reheat your home from scratch, there is little or no additional cost to keeping your home and your family warm and cosy as the overnight winter temperatures plummet outside. 24/7 heating is not only achievable with your solid fuel stove, but totally affordable.

ECOBRITE for Solid Fuel Stoves

ECOBRITE is a manufactured smokeless fuel that is an Ovoid, oblong or egg shaped, high heat output fuel that is designed for optimum performance in Multi Fuel Stoves & Solid Fuel Stoves. It is a Clean Burning, Lively & Flamely fuel that burns to a fine ash in solid fuel stoves. It is manufactured right here in Ireland by Arigna Fuels and is ideal for burning either alone in your solid fuel stoves, or in combination with our slower burning High Quality Clearglow Anthracite to give you the best of both worlds in most Solid Fuel Stoves or Multi Fuel Stoves.

ALL NEW SMOKELESS COAL BRIQUETTES for Solid Fuel Stoves

Manufactured to the highest specifications in Germany for solid fuel stoves, our All New Smokeless Coal Briquettes are the perfect addition to our High Quality Clearglow Anthracite or Ecobrite in your Solid Fuel Stove or Multi-Fuel Stove. Meeting Germany’s stringent “Polution Control Act” this smokeless coal briquette is Extremely Clean and Easy to Handle, Kind to Your Chimney, and Long Lasting in your Solid Fuel Stove.
Very Different to Bord Na Mona Briquettes, our All New Smokeless Coal Briquettes are made from Lignite, a young brown coal that is a clean burning, low emmissions smokeless fuel & a longer lasting addition to your solid fuel stove. Just two or three new coal briquettes on top of your Clearglow Anthracite or Ecobrite fire will not only add a cosy warm and friendly flame, but will burn for hours and add a real and longer lasting effect in your solid fuel stove.

FIREWOOD LOGS, TURF & BRIQUETTES for Solid Fuel Stoves

As you would expect, Dry Seasoned Firewood logs are perfect for Wood Burning Stoves, but are also suitable for many Solid Fuel Stoves as an addition to our recommended Smokeless Fuels. Kinder to the environment, Firewood Logs are a wholly renewable energy source and are considered to be CARBON NEUTRAL. Locally sourced Firewood Logs also provide a much needed economic impetus to indiginous and mostly small family run business’ in surrounding rural areas. Also contributing to local rural employment, Traditional Turf is also a favourite among many Solid Fuel Stove users. Not quite as clean on glass fronted Solid Fuel Stoves, the aroma of an occasional sod or two of Turf evokes a uniquely Traditional Irish sense of warmth and homliness. Bord Na Mona Briquettes are perfect for adding a friendly flame on the coldest winter nights, re-invigorating a low or slumbering fire, and are absolutely ideal for starting the fire quickly in your Solid Fuel Stove.

As with any manufactured device, you should consult the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your solid fuel stoves. All solid fuel stoves are manufactured to varying degrees of specification and as you would expect, the manufacturer is best placed to advise on what they believe is the most suitable type of fuels for the materials that they use in the manufacture of their particular solid fuel stoves

Solid Fuel Stoves, Dublin Showrooms

These days, there is a multitude of both modern contemporary style solid fuel stoves and the classic traditional style solid fuel stoves from which to choose, many of which are manufactured to the higest standards right here in Ireland. And there are even more bright and modern Solid Fuel Stoves Showrooms in Dublin for you to visit. With so many people returning to solid fuel heating in the recent past, competition is very strong among the many solid fuel stoves & solid fuel appliance suppliers/installers in Dublin so prices today are very keen indeed. Visit as many solid fuel stoves and solid fuel appliances showrooms as you can to take in the huge choice available. Compare not only the prices, but the quality and service of each, and talk to neighbours and friends to get personal recommendations.

Please don’t hesitate to call the Free Solid Fuel Advisory Service at Crumlin Fuel Depot on  01 459 3861  or see www.coalmerchantsdublin.com  

for smokeless fuel advice for Solid Fuel Stoves, Multi Fuel Stoves or Wood Burning Stoves absolutely without obligation

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Coal Merchants Dublin, guarded welcome for Budget Measures..

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Press Release – Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin

Coal Merchants Dublin respond to Budget announcements

 

 

December 7th. 2011.  07.00.

 Coal Merchants Dublin, guarded welcome for Budget.

A Dublin coal merchant today gave a guarded welcome to some of the measures announced by Irish Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan in his 2011 Austerity Budget speech to Dail Eireann on Wednesday. Robert Hudson, a third generation Dublin coal merchant said today that while he was disappointed to see the Social Welfare Fuel Allowance being cut back from the present 32 weeks of payments during the heating season to just 26 weeks, he commended the Minister for ruling out any Carbon Taxes being applied to Solid Fuels such as coal, smokeless fuels, peat briquettes and firewood logs. Mr Hudson also welcomed the Minister’s decision not to increase the 13.5% VAT rate that currently applies to all fuels. Carbon tax which presently applies to Natural Gas, LPG and Home heating oil was increased by 25% on Wednesday; however the Minister announced that no Carbon Taxes will be applied to solid fuel. Robert Hudson, a coal merchant in Dublin for more than 30 years, said today, “Solid fuels such as coal, smokeless fuel, and peat briquettes can be easily purchased in small manageable amounts and this can greatly help to alleviate the rising trend of “Fuel Poverty” during these times of austerity”.

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” As I go about my daily coal deliveries in Dublin it is particularly saddening to see an elderly pensioner or a struggling family sitting in a cold house today, for fear of an unquantifiable and possibly unaffordable gas bill or oil re-fill two or more months down the road”.  Mr Hudson continued, “For many people in these days of uncertainty, the cosy glow of an open fire or solid fuel stove is the only affordable method of heating their homes with fuel that they have purchased weekly, in manageable amounts that they can see, that they have paid for, and that they can use accordingly”. The proprietor of Crumlin Fuel Depot in Dublin went on to say, “Carbon Taxes would have added to the pressure on ordinary Irish people already struggling to cope with huge reductions in income, and the burden to heat their homes during the freezing winter months. So the decision by the Minister not to apply these taxes to coal and smokeless fuel in Dublin has to be warmly welcomed”.

The introduction of carbon taxes for solid fuel was announced by the previous Irish Government, but was put on hold while a workable system was put in place to collect the tax, particularly on imported fuel. The announcement by the Minister for Finance in his first Budget has now firmly ruled this tax out.  In the year November 2010 to November 2011 alone, Natural Gas prices have increased in Ireland by 20%, home heating oil by 21% and Kerosene by a whopping 28%. Solid fuel prices have generally remained static and coal merchants in Dublin report the return of many customers who have gas and oil fired heating, but are now using their open fire to supplement their home heating needs.

 

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Notes to the editor.

Robert Hudson is the 3rd generation of his family of Traditional Dublin Coal Merchants.

He has personally been a coal merchant in Dublin for more than 30 years.

Crumlin Fuel Depot is a locally owned, family run firm of coal merchants in Dublin.

Robert Hudson can be contacted by phone on +353 (0) 86 0600 533 or +353 (0) 1 459 3861 or by email; robert@coalmerchantsdublin.com

Please see www.coalmerchantsdublin.com for further information

 

 

 

Coal Merchants Dublin make Pre-Budget Submission

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Coal Merchants Dublin.

 
 Below is a copy of the pre-budget submission made by Coal Merchants, Dublin to
 Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Pre-Budget submission by

Crumlin Fuel Depot,

Coal Merchants Dublin.

 
 
Dear Minister Noonan.

I have been a coal merchant in Dublin for more than 30 years now. I have a small family run business which works extremely hard to service the home heating needs of our many customers right across all areas of the south-side of Dublin. During that time I have faced many challenges in business. I have faced into the difficulties that the 80s/90s brought, including the crippling currency crisis at that time. I witnessed first hand the devastation that mass unemployment, mass emigration, and total despair that that period brought to all areas of Dublin, the same devastation and despair that was of course replicated throughout the entire country. As a Dublin coal merchant, at that same time I faced head-on the challenge of the ban on bituminous coal in Dublin and the other main centres of population in Ireland. The difficulties that the ban brought to my customers as a whole, but especially my older customers who depended entirely on their open fire/back-boiler for their home heating needs cannot be overstated. However, over the recent past coal merchants in Dublin have continuously worked to bring the cost of smokeless fuel down to it’s now affordable level.

The Celtic Tiger brought many welcomed changes. Many families found themselves in the financial position to be able to afford to have gas or oil fired Central Heating installed in their homes. Meanwhile, the unquantifiable yet sizable bi-monthly gas bills, or the huge cost of the regular tank fill of oil held no fear for large sections of the population. Unfortunately, as we all now know, that ship has sailed and we are all facing a new reality.

Throughout those 30 years or more, I have witnessed the varied economic changes and financial challenges faced by a small family business such as my own. Indeed, as a founder member and chairperson of Crumlin Village Business Association, I have witnessed at first hand the many challenges faced by small local business’ in general.

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However, the level of despair today among many of my customers is very different. In the 80s/90s I witnessed a kind of acceptance, almost an approval of the difficult situation that we all had to face. But now I see a hopelessness, a futility, and a genuine dread and fear of what the immediate future may hold. Along with my regular, older customers who continue to buy a bag of smokeless coal and a couple of bags of logs each week, I am also now seeing the return of customers who had installed gas or oil fired heating during the Celtic Tiger. These are ordinary people from every section of society who are now struggling to cope with the reduction in their income.  The warm and welcoming glow of the open fire is now very often the easiest and only option for most. As I go about my coal deliveries in Dublin, it is just dreadful for me to see an older person sitting in the freezing cold in their own home in the afternoon, afraid to put on their heating that day in fear and trepidation of the increasing gas bill that they will face in the next couple of months. Unfortunately, this has now become a daily occurrence for many. In these most difficult times of austerity,  the open fire & solid fuel stove are the only means of home heating where “Fuel Poverty” is greatly alleviated by the availability of more easily managed small purchases of fuel. From a bale of briquettes or a small handy-pack of coal from the local store or garage forecourt when necessary, to the large bag of coal delivered weekly by the trusty Dublin Coal Merchant, it is for many the only affordable, manageable method of keeping warm at home during winter. Any increase in taxes now is sure to increase levels of fuel poverty right across the country.

It is with this in mind that I implore you not to impose an additional cost on smokeless coal supplies, or add to the 13.5% VAT rate. Please do not add to the burden on an already struggling householder trying so hard to heat their home this winter.

 

Thanking you in advance,

 

Robert Hudson,

CRUMLIN FUEL DEPOT,

Coal Merchants Dublin.

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Coal Merchants Dublin raises “Security of Supply”

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

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Fuel – Security of Supply? Coal Merchants Dublin Raise the Flag

The Celtic Tiger spawned an upsurge in demand and usage of energy in Ireland. As we know that ship has unfortunately sailed, but the voracious appetite for energy in Ireland remains. The boom has long evaporated now, but our energy demands are still being met by a huge reliance on imported fossil fuels. As continuing political changes and social unrest in the main oil producing regions in the Middle East and North Africa along with the recently imposed embargo on Iranian oil imports ito Europe hit the newsdesks, Robert Hudson, owner of leading Dublin solid fuel supplier Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin Says “The energy security crisis that we face will remain a continuing challenge into the future. It remains to be seen if the major political upheavals in the Middle East and beyond will bring stability to the regions or will further tensions and fragmentations actually creep in over the coming years. Meanwhile an analysis of the facts here in Ireland provides an alarming insight.”

Coal Merchants Dublin review the facts and figures

* 95% of  natural gas used in Ireland is now imported.

*100% of oil usued in Ireland is imported.

*Imported fuels cost the Irish economy over 6 Billion Euro every year.

*  There is only approximately 11 days supply of gas stored in the country.

* This compares with a reported 92 days supply in France and 84 days supply in Germany.

(*Source; The Ecology Foundation)

The facts and figures above show just how vulnerable we are to any interruption to supply, even for short periods. In recent years, the bulk of our gas was sourced in the North Sea, but over the coming years we will become increasingly dependant on gas imports from the various former Soviet Union states, Central Asia, and other politically volatile nations. Meanwhile, our oil will largely be imported from North African and Middle Eastern Countries. We have seen a sea-change in the political landscape in the Middle East in recent times, but it remains to be seen how the fragile position there will effect stability of both price and supply of energy in that region into the future. And now with the recently imposed embargo on Iranian oil imports into Europe, what effect will that bring to the mix? 

Coal Delivers!

Mr Hudson said today, “The most abundant fuel is of course coal, with an estimated 850 billion tonnes of proven coal reserves worldwide. As such, it is typically not associated with market crises or price spikes. This represents more than 130 years supply of already discovered, economically recoverable reserves of coal. As we progress into the future, it is not unreasonable to assume that there are many more billions of tonnes of coal reserves as yet undiscovered. Furthermore, it is far easier to establish their locations and extract the mineral using modern technologies than with any other energy sources. In addition there are huge resources worldwide in what was previously considered to be uneconomic mines, not least in our neighbouring island.” He continued “Coal is also easily stored and does not suffer from intermittency problems. Of Course as coal merchants Dublin, price is a major determination for Crumlin Fuel Depot as price filters down to the end user, our customer! – Coal is indeed one of the cheapest accessible energy sources. In addition to its abundance, the actual systems for generating electricity from coal are cheaper than any alternatives, even nuclear or hydroelectric power. While coal is only a relatively small proportion of the total primary energy requirement in Ireland at only 9.4%, it is considered to be one of the most secure fossil fuels for Ireland”. The Coal Merchants Dublin CEO then went on to explain, “In energy production worldwide, carbon capture and storage (CCS) may prove to be a breakthrough solution for coal, cutting carbon emissions by up to 85%, (but theoretically by up to 100%). When this is factored in, coal becomes the cleanest fossil fuel of all.” * (*Source; Forfas)

 Coal Merchants Dublin Says, Carbon Neutral Firewood can Fuel The Way!

Industry and transport are by far the main demand on these limited resources, but we can also look at how we heat our homes from a different prospective. For many reasons, not least the economic challenges we now face, Coal Merchants Dublin report a return to the trusty OPEN FIRE and stylish, cost effective and highly efficient SOLID FUEL STOVES in many homes across the capital city and beyond. Not only a warm and welcoming focal point on these wintery evenings, the open fire and solid fuel stove can provide a more easily managed method of heating our homes, and help to keep those unexpected bills at bay. There is an array of stylish and highly efficient wood burning stoves, multi fuel stoves and solid fuel appliances available which can provide 24 hour heating to the whole house. Coal merchants Dublin have also recently reported an upsurge in the sale of firewood logs in the Dublin area. Mr Hudson said, “Renewable Energy in the form of Firewood has an important part to play in home heating today. Wood is a carbon neutral, indigenous resource to Ireland. It is a sustainable, secure and stable supply that is constantly replenished here in Ireland”. “We see more and more customers using firewood logs in both open fires and wood burning stoves. We rarely do coal deliveries in Dublin now without even a couple of bags of logs with each coal delivery” he continued. “Because wood is considered carbon neutral, even when it is burned with coal or smokeless fuel in an open fire, it helps deliver a reduction in the CO2 emissions. In fact, when coal and firewood logs are burned together in equal measure, the CO2 emissions from the fire are lower than that of both heating oil and natural gas”, Mr Hudson stated. He said, “From our Crumlin Fuel Depot, and also speaking to other coal merchants in Dublin, the story is the same. There is an increased interest in wood as a sustainable, renewable energy resource, and a genuine interest in the fact that together firewood logs and smokeless coal deliver lower CO2 emissions”.
Under the European Renewables Directive, the Irish Government has set targets for renewable penetration into each energy market by 2020, with a target of 12% of heating demand. So locally sourced firewood can play a significant role in helping to achieve that target.

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Robert Hudson has been a Coal Merchant in Dublin for over 30 years. His family has been delivering coal in Dublin for 4 generations

 

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