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The Best Winter Fuel

Here at London Gases we provide a wide selection of different home fuels, including logs, coal, peat briquettes and (of course) Calor gas bottles. All of these fuels can be used to heat your home, but which is right for you? Now that we’ve reached the coldest part of the year, it’s important to choose the fuel that best meets your needs. After all, you’re probably going to be using a lot of it! We’ve decided to provide you with a brief run-down of your options to help you make the right choice.

1. Gas

Gas is one of the most efficient fuels available – you only need a small amount to produce a lot of thermal energy. In other words, gas generally burns hotter than solid fuels, so you don’t need to use as much of it to produce a given level of heat. Thanks to its incredible efficiency, gas can be a very cost-effective option in the long run. You simply don’t have to buy as much of it compared to other fuels. However, it’s also more volatile than solid fuels. It has to be stored very carefully to ensure that it doesn’t leak or ignite. Provided you have somewhere appropriate to store it and you’re willing to put in the time to take proper safety precautions, it isn’t dangerous. However, if you don’t have an appropriate storage area or can’t obey the necessary safety measures, you should consider another option.

2. Coal

Coal isn’t as efficient as gas, but it’s more efficient than most other solid fuels. A relatively small quantity can produce a disproportionately large amount of thermal energy. Because it is a solid fuel, it is also less volatile than gas and is therefore easier to store safely. If you need a safe, efficient fuel, this is the option for you. However, it is worth noting that it is slightly more expensive than some other solid fuel options.

3. Peat briquettes

Peat briquettes are slightly cheaper than coal per kilogram. They are also more environmentally friendly, because peat is a semi-renewable resource. They’re even safe to store, just like coal. However, these briquettes aren’t quite as efficient as coal or gas.

4. Logs

Logs are the cheapest option on this list and are noticeably more affordable than gas, coal or peat briquettes. They also produce a delightful, woody aroma when burnt. Of course, they are markedly less efficient, so you may have to use more of them to achieve a given temperature. Logs are ideal if you need a readily-available, low-cost fuel or if you want a fuel with a particularly lovely scent.

We hope this list helps you decide which fuel you want to use to get you through the winter. Whichever one you pick, we’ll be more than happy to deliver it to you.