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What’s the cheapest way to heat your home?


 

The cost of all aspects of life is expected to climb this winter.

At Wood Fuel Co-op, we work on the same modest margins we always have done but as our costs increase, so does the price of our products.

We are working harder than ever to source affordable fuels that meet our stringent quality-control checks. All of our suppliers are warning of price rises in the near future.

What’s the best way to compare prices?

Remember, p/kWh is the most effective way of measuring the heat output per penny spent . This allows you to compare your wood fuel costs directly with gas and electricity.

The value for money comes from the heat output of the product you’re burning. More heat means less fuel needs to be used to achieve the same heat output.

Check out our Cost Comparison Chart.

How much do different types of heating cost?*

electiricty pylons against and orange sunset

In terms of pence per kilowatt hour, electricity is currently the most expensive way of heating your home at 33.65p/kWh.

A burning log on a fire - Wood Fuel Coop

Kiln dried hardwoods, in traditional log form, cost between 12.50 and 15.37p/kWh, coming in at around half the cost of electricity.

Briquettes burning in a fireplace - Wood Fuel Coop

Our cheapest wood briquettes, Dragon’s Teeth, come in at just 6.87p/kWh while our most expensive briquettes, Hotties heatlogs, work out at 12.70p/kWh

Person adjusting theromstat on heater - Wood Fuel Coop

Mains gas is currently 9.26p/kWh, while kerosene is 11.39p/kWh and LPG is 13.70p/kWh.

Don’t forget to check out our Heating Price Comparison Chart as well, which gives the cost per kilowatt hour of the main forms of heating, including using wood fuel.

Note: It is not all about p/kWh. 

1.  Dragons Teeth for instance are cheap and excellent as a ‘heat sink’ in the back of the fire, where they will glow steadily for 2 to 3 hours and help create a ‘heart’ in the fire, but most customers do not find them great as a main running fuel where a good flame and intense heat is required. A better choice as a main fuel would be Woodlets,  Hotties or Beech Nestro all of which are excellent for generating a consistent flame and heat over a long burn period.

2. UK Hard are great for a small stove, but not economical for a large stove over 5kw, which need a larger briquette.  Two UK Hard are not the equivalant of one Beech Nestro because of the increased surface area. For larger stoves choose Beech Nestro, Woodlets, Hotties or Envirobrick.

*Prices all correct at time of calculations, June 2022. Please note, all prices are rising and so these figures are a snapshot of the current situation and are subject to change.

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