How much coal should you buy for winter?

How much coal should you buy for winter?


We stand poised on the threshold between autumn and winter, which means now is the perfect time to stock up on coal. In many respects, home coal is the ultimate winter fuel: it burns hotter than other fuels and you need less of it to maintain your home’s temperature for long periods. The cost of coal is also lower than you might expect, meaning that it is a surprisingly cost-efficient fuel. But how much should you stock up on before winter begins? To answer this question, you need to take several factors into consideration.


1. How much fuel will you need this winter?

Have you enough winter fuel to see you through? Have you enough winter fuel to see you through?

The most important factor to consider is how much fuel you’ll need to get through the whole season. After all, you don’t want to run out of coal on a cold day! What’s more, if you get snowed in at some point during the winter, you may not be able to go out to collect fresh supplies of coal. It’s therefore advisable to stockpile enough to see you through the harsh winter months if you can. Of course, this isn’t always possible, but we advise you to invest in as much coal as possible.


2. What is your fuel budget?

Have you budgeted enough to keep the coal fires burning? Have you budgeted enough to keep the coal fires burning?

While it’s important to stock up on fuel, we recommend that you don’t spend your entire winter fuel budget on a single order of coal. If something happens to damage this initial order of coal, you will need to replace it. If coal is stored improperly, crushed or simply misplaced, it can be rendered useless. Ergo, you shouldn’t risk losing your entire winter fuel budget on one order. We recommend spending no more than half your budget on the stockpile of coal that you intend to start the winter with.


3. What is your storage capacity?

Coal storage requirements per kilowatt are far less than logs Coal storage requirements per kilowatt are far less than logs.

Sadly, there’s no point investing in more coal than you can store safely. Luckily, the storage requirements for coal are very straightforward. The storage area needs to be dry, as wet conditions can cause coal to lose its efficacy. The area also needs to be cool in order to minimise the risk of accidental combustion. Do you have any cool, dry spaces in your home that aren’t being used? If so, you need to consider how much coal can you reasonably store in it.


It’s important to balance your fuel requirements, budget and storage capacity when ordering coal. By taking all these factors into consideration, you should be able to order the right quantity of coal to start your winter with.

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