The Fueller is a profession common to the Middle Ages (and probably going back further). It's a job of one who sells fuel, often a traveling salesman type. Wood and Charcoal were the most common fuels of the era. Prior to rural electrification and similar technological and societal developments, people who didn't own land with woods on it needed someone to provide them with the fuel for heating their homes in the winter. Hence, the fueller.
The term is rather archaic, and rarely used in the current day unless you work in the energy sector in England. Said energy industry remembers the name in the title of a Livery Company (a sort of blend of charitable organization and Trade Guild specific to London): The Worshipful Company of Fuellers.
Subtypes and Variants:
The following jobs are either specific types of fuellers, or else closely linked the the fueller's trade.
- charcoalburner - one who gathers wood, and burns it into charcoal; a fueller who specializes in producing charcoal
- collier - originally, one who makes or sells charcoal - thus, either a charcoalburner, or his sales partner; later the term came to mean a miner or seller of coal
- hetheleder - one who sells the dried branches of heather as fuel
- woodmonger (also wood seller) - a seller of fuel wood
- woodcutter - one whose job it is to cut wood for others, often a woodmonger or collier; however this can also apply to someone who cuts wood for a carpenter or other craftsman
- woodward - one who is responsible for a forest owned by royalty, nobility, or the government. Among other duties, they regulate coppicing practices to ensure a supply of wood for the future. A woodward who is bad at his job will find deforestation deprives him of it.
Game and Story Use
- In a fantasy setting, there may be more exotic fuels to burn. Possibly even (semi-)magic fuel, such as phlogiston, or whatever phlebotinum your campaign allows for.
- Perhaps there's a milkman conspiracy of charcoal burners and hetheleders, trying to figure out how it can curtail magical heating. They may be united with the tallowchandlers to prevent magical lighting as well. Problem is, how do a cabal of recently unemployed craftsmen and salesmen take on all the world's wizards, alchemists and technomages?
- War, Land Piracy, goblin raids, etc can all threaten the ability of the Fueller to provide fuels to the city, resulting in many deaths if the winter proves harsh.
- In a setting with dungeon-forests, enchanted woods, monsters, or the fair folk, it can be very dangerous to harvest wood. Charcoal Burners and Fuellers may need to hire mercenaries, or at least be very skilled with their axes.
- This would be entirely commensurate with 'real life' myths - the woodcutter in the story of Little Red Riding Hood is an obvious example.