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What are the common fuels?

What are the pros and cons of the fuels that can be used in hot water heating systems?

Not all heating fuels are created equal - and not all will necessarily be available for your usage or location. The fuel type you choose will dramatically affect the cost of your heating, as well as the heater options available, the amount of maintenance required and the elvels of CO2 emissions.

What types of gas are there?

There's natural gas, which is the most common and cheapest and is connect to the home via a network of pipes. Then there is Liquid Propane Gas (LPG), which is the second most common form of gas and is supplied in bottles in areas where there is no mains gas supply.

How efficient is gas?

Over 90% of the energy used by most gas heaters is converted to heat, making them far more efficient than electricity. CO2 emission are also lower.

What is meant by 'solid fuel'?

Solid fuel refers to traditional types of combustible solid fuels like fire wood and coal While these fuel types are readily available, not all of them are long term options. For instance, coal is a fossil fuel used in the production of electricity, making it one of the largest contributors to the man-made increases in CO2.

What kinds of solid fuel are there?

  • Wood
  • Charcoal
  • Peat
  • Coal
  • hexamine fuel tablets
  • Organic pellets