History Of Coal Mining
The history of coal mining is a colorful one. It used to be used predominately for heating homes and for making small fires and for the sake of outdoor grilling. It is also true that it hasn’t necessarily escaped this image, as these are still things that it is in fact used for these things still in these modern times. However it is also used for a variety of other things. The history of coal mining is rich with innovation and stories of how the coal is to be used differently than other products with similar uses. Traditionally the usage of coal was brought about by being about as effective as wood is at heating things, but it was available in places where wood mat not have been. As the usage grew, so did the usages. People discovered that coal was good for other things besides rudimentary heating applications. They discovered that its power could be harness and put to better use in the form of creating electricity, in smelting and creating alloys.
In the history of coal mining it should also be noted that not long after the discovery of the many applications of oil, coal was essentially replaced. Oil turned out to be more useful and there was a new type of “black gold” on the market after that. People still used coal, as it burned slower, which meant that though it was not as effective as oil is as far as intensity of heat goes, it can still be put to better applications in things like cooking steaks or heating up water for coffee. Nobody wants to coat their steak in oil before they cook it because the oil burns too fast and makes the steaks taste disgusting. Even if the oil is harnessed and controlled to only be dispersed in certain small amounts in order to make the burning go slower, it still leaves a distinctive taste that will never be as good as the charcoal. Plus, since charcoal is seen as more rustic and traditional, as far as grilling and other cooking is concerned, there is more of an organic tilt to it which holds appeal for many older people, and many young people that want to feel a little bit healthier and more organic when they eat their meats. This is just as much about image as it is about the actual benefits of coal. Yet, for most, this doesn’t matter. Coal is still widely in production and shows no sign of ceasing, so there must be some appeal.
It is fairly obvious what the job of a cook will entail, but if you have skills in this area would you consider working on an oil rig to put them to the test? It certainly provides an altogether different environment from where many other cooks work, and yet it is...