Coal and charcoal have many similar qualities. They can both be used as forms of heat/fuel, and they both burn at around 1,000 degrees Celsius. However, the production of each is very different. Coal is an organic compound that is formed by annual plant remains accumulating slowly over long periods of time. Coal must be mined out of the ground. Charcoal on the other hand is produced by the slow heating of wood (and some other substances) in the absence of oxygen. In order to get charcoal, you must gather wood and then work through the slow processing and burning.
Charcoal was very popular with blacksmiths in the past, but was replaced with coal during the industrial revolution, because coal can be found in larger quantities.
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