Open Fire Fuel

Open Fire Fuel

Best type of fuel to use on an open fire

An open fire is a great decorative piece and a great source of heat that is quickly becoming more and more popular in homes across the country. However, the number one question that most people have after installation is this; what type of fuel is the best choice for an open fire? There are a handful of different fuel sources that are all great to burn on an open fire, but they each have their own set of attributes. Therefore, it’s useful to look over the benefits of each, to see which aligns most closely with your own open fire goals.


Coal is easily the most popular choice of fuel for open fires because of its rustic appeal, but it is also popular because it burns for a great deal of time. However, if you choose to use coal, be aware that you will need to sweep out your chimney twice a year.


The same is true of wood, which also gives off a rustic ambience. Many people prefer wood because they can source it on their own. Before burning, make sure that the wood does not have a chemical coating on it. The heat output is not as high as coal or other solid fuels, but when you combine them, the fire will stay lit for longer and still give off the perfect ambience. Wood does not create much pollution, making it another excellent choice.


Blocks, also known as instant fire, are very popular because they are easy to light and burn for quite some time. Both the ignition material and fuel are wrapped into the packaging, so all you have to do is light the block and then sit back and enjoy the fire for a few hours.


Turf, which is essentially just peat, has a historically rich history as it was the main source of heating in Ireland in the old days. The benefit of turf is that it is a smokeless fuel, and it is much cheaper than wood or coal.


Turf can also be purchased in briquettes, which are simply compressed turf that is formed into a block after shredding. It is convenient to have the bricks ready to go to be tossed into the fire, and of course they are also smokeless. In addition, it burns at a much slower rate than coal or wood, making it a great source for a longer fire – although it does not emit as much heat.

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Best Home Heating Oil Company Northern Ireland

How to Choose the Best Home Heating Oil Company

Looking for the best home heating oil company in Northern Ireland? Those who have to utilise oil as their main domestic heating option can be easily confused if this is their first experience with it. Oil is delivered to homes very differently to gas or electricity, and therefore is a service that needs to be properly planned. It also has a different pricing format, so it is important that you understand how oil works in order to choose the best home heating oil company.

Across the UK there are millions of homes that rely on oil for heating, and that means that there are many different oil companies out there looking for your business. In rural areas that are not on the gas network, oil is generally the cheapest option. Oil is utilised by boilers, but cookers and fires can be powered by it as well.

Oil Types

Generally consumers have two choices of oil; gas oil and kerosene oil. Kerosene tends to be the cheaper of the two because it is more efficient, so it will last longer. Of course, this means it can be priced a bit higher as well, so you have to balance long-term value when making your choice.

One of the big differences between other fuels and oil is that it is delivered in bulk. Your home has a large tank that it is stored in. Therefore, you need to monitor how much oil you have used and make sure that you place an order for more oil prior to your supply running out, or you will not have any source of heat.


This can be an issue with budgeting since you will essentially have to pay for your heating costs upfront, but there are some heating companies that will allow you to spread payments out on a monthly basis. If you want this type of budgeting option, then this is certainly something that you will need to look into when you choose your oil heating company.

Finally, when it comes to the time to choose the right oil supplier you will need to visit us at Thompson Fuels for the best prices for home heating oil in Northern Ireland. The way to determine if you are getting a good price is by looking at the current wholesale prices for oil. Suppliers tend to make a profit at a minimum of four pence per litre, so therefore if you find a company that offers you a quote that is just four pence above wholesale, you have found a fair company to work with.

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