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    Central heating: oil vs bottled LPG
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    • 12th Mar 13, 2:40 PM
    Central heating: oil vs bottled LPG 12th Mar 13 at 2:40 PM
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    Hi all, at my wit's end here.

    I bought a property back in October 2011. It had been empty for about a year as the previous owner had been in care. The central heating is oil - however, the tank leaked so was taken away. I'm left with an oil boiler that I'm not sure works and two options;
    1 - Get a new tank and run the risk of needing a new oil boiler if the current one doesn't work, or
    2 - Switch to LPG.

    Now, I've checked out several forums and the majority of them compare oil heating to LPG tanks - I won't be getting a tank though, instead planning to run off gas bottles.

    I've received quotes from a LPG certified tech (January) and an oil tech (yesterday). The situation is this;
    - I pay just under 800 for a new single skin tank and base
    - Told by oil tech that current boiler will probably run at about 75% efficiency compared to 92% of a new one
    - This ties me to sticking to oil and the possibility of needing a new boiler (been quoted 2000) so could in total cost me just under 3k + oil payments
    - Bottled LPG was quoted at 1750 to include everything; boiler, pipes, thermostats, etc but not empty/new bottles as I already have access to these.

    I'm shying away from oil because of;
    - large chunks of payments for the minimum amount of oil you have to buy (500 litres from Goff)
    - theft

    My neighbour switched his house from oil to bottled LPG. The couple he rented out to went through 6 large bottles in 11 months (at 50 p/bottle = say 300 for the year)

    Awaiting a quote for the 500 litres from Goff - a couple of family friends has said this minimum amount usually lasts them for the year.

    I work 9 to 5 Mon-Fri and live alone so don't really need heating on all day or on high excessively.

    I just wondered what other people have plumped for when facing the same decision - or if there's any techs out there that do oil AND LPG and can therefore provide an unbiased opinion.

    Last edited by MSE Zorica; 19-02-2014 at 1:00 PM.
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