Coal burning in Jamaica is a long tradition. Indeed, it was prevalent up to the 1970’s when the coal stove was common in most low-income Jamaican homes.
Indeed, some homes who could afford a gas stove still had a coal stove to do things like roast breadfruit.
Nowadays, the coal is still required by individuals and for places like jerk vendors or restaurants that want to preserve the authentic Jamaican flavour that comes from a coal source.
The coal is locally known as fire coal. Those outside Jamaica may most likely call it charcoal or lumpwood charcoal.
Of course, environmentalists will not like this as it means trees are being destroyed that are not necessarily being replaced.
This video, shot in the Cockpit Country, shows a “coal man” telling us how he burns the coal.