The Availability of Kerosene and Alternatives For Boilers

For those of us with oil fired boilers or furnaces, the availability of kerosene, also known as paraffin, becomes a prominent issue with the approach of winter. It makes sense at this time of year to follow up with kerosene suppliers to determine current kerosene prices, supply and delivery schedules.

 Kerosene Availability

The good news is that there are currently a plethora of suppliers available to choose from when looking for a new vendor or comparison shopping. However, there are some important caveats to keep in mind when looking for kerosene suppliers.

We will start by looking for good kerosene prices to qualify as a viable supplier. Keep in mind that pricing changes constantly due to crude oil price changes, as well as other factors. Sometimes, it makes more sense to see if a guaranteed pricing program for the entire season is offered. This would help avoid significant fluctuations in price and aid in budgeting for heating costs.

Next, we want to have great service, which means on time delivery and having delivery available on an emergency basis, should the need arise. If convenience is important, ask suppliers if they have regularly scheduled top-off programs that can be set up to avoid running out of oil or having to track it.

Ask if the supplier provides boiler maintenance and if so, is a service contract available to avoid breakdowns. A poorly operating boiler can cost over 10% more in fuel and over time, it will become a fire hazard.

 Alternatives to Kerosene

While supplies appear to be sufficient at this time, kerosene fuel can run short for a varieties of reasons. Just a few of the many potential interruptions to supply are further impacts from the Gulf of Mexico oil drilling suspension, escalating of political conflicts in the middle east and domestic fuel oil driver strikes.

One alternative would be red diesel fuel, but it is subject to many of the same issues. Although, many people think they are the same thing, and they are very close, typically there is a difference in the amount of sulfur allowed to be in the fuel. Most boilers have no difficulty burning either fuel without having to modify the boiler.

With so many questions about the supply of kerosene fuel, it is always a good idea to be proactive and start setting up a kerosene supplier now, for the coming season.

 Kerosene Management Plan

Setting up a fuel management plan this summer can also help you or your company save huge amounts of money. You and your supplier will agree on terms for a fixed price on fuel over along period. This will allow your fuel supplier to buy the fuel in bulk quantities from a terminal at a cheaper price.

Without setting up a fuel management plan you can be subject to erratic changes in fuel prices as the price of oil constantly fluctuates. There are many fuel oil suppliers around the UK who offer these kinds of management plans discussed. Therefore dont miss out and get yourself signed up today.

Author: David Khan

Why Do Home Heating Oil Prices Rise & Fall So Often?

Home heating oil prices never stay in one place long and it can be quite frustrating. It seems that just when we need it most, the cost of home heating goes up. Is that a coincidence or some evil plot? Actually, it is neither, and while the reality may not be any more comforting, knowledge is power, and knowing the facts may help in planning purchases.

What Affects the Price?

There are many factors impacting heating oil prices and these factors are constantly in flux. Among the most noticeable are: seasonality, competition, underlying cost of crude oil, exchange rates and cost.

Seasonality

If there were as many people in the southern hemisphere in comparable latitudes, the pricing would probably not be affected by seasonality. It is this population imbalance that creates so much need for heating oil in most of the civilized world as demand is growing in the UK.

Competition

The more competition, the merrier, from the customer’s point of view. Competition or the lack thereof, will affect pricing and it is a good idea to encourage a competitive spirit in suppliers when shopping for the next delivery. The larger the population base in a particular area, the more likely there will be aggressive price competition from the heating oil suppliers.

Underlying Cost of Crude Oil

The end user price is affected by the spot price of crude oil, which in turn, is impacted by numerous global factors. Growing demand in newly industrialized countries such as China and India are creating more demand. Additionally, concerns with safe access to supply in the Middle East or actions by the political body, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) both play a role in pricing. Finally, speculators in crude oil make buy/sell decisions affecting price based on the uncertainties they foresee in the world situation, whether these uncertainties are realized or not.

Exchange Rates

The crude oil market operates in dollars as opposed to pounds. As a result, it is necessary for heating oil suppliers to consider the fluctuations in exchange rates.

Cost

Similar to other businesses, the basis for determining the pricing must include covering all associated costs plus a profit margin. The two most significant costs affecting heating oil are the refining and delivery costs to get the end product to the customer. Finally, the level of service a customer demands will be a consideration in the delivered price.

Heating Oil Suppliers

Another reason why heating oil prices fluctuate so much is a lot heating oil suppliers tend to buy only small amounts that are required as and when by a consumer. This way they avoid buying large quantities of stock and run the risk of losing out if the heating oil prices drop. On the other hand finding a heating oil supplier that buys a lot of bulk stock and then signing up to a fuel management plan with them is the way to avoid the fluctuation in heating oil prices. They typically set a heating oil price and this will remain constant as long as you buy heating oil from them. The added benefit to this type of purchase is the heating oil supplier makes sure you never run out of heating oil.

Find a Fuel Supplier has been set up to serve the UK market with the best prices of heating oil, kerosene prices and other types of  fuel. We are a price comparison website listing real-time fuel prices for consumers and are 100% independent of fuel retailers and oil companies taking no commission on any sale made.

Author: David Khan

Be Aware of Heating Oil Scams on the Internet

There have been several recent stories about people being tricked into paying for heating oil online, only to then not receive the orders they have placed. Although the websites where people purchased heating oil from seemed legitimate, they were in fact not a genuine website that was set up for trading purposes.

Heating oil prices tend to fluctuate for several reasons. As a commodity product, heating oil is subject to supply and demand in the market, which affects the price. In addition to this, as heating oil is sold in a competitive marketplace where there are many suppliers, prices will change due to competition.  For example, when there are many suppliers in the market, prices will fall as suppliers will compete with their rivals to generate demand. Furthermore, heating oil is considered to be a seasonal product as it will be mainly used in colder months during winter. Therefore, heating oil prices will increase in winter to take advantage of the higher level of demand as people will be buying this product to warm up their homes.

As a result, price conscious consumers will shop around to get the best heating oil prices on offer to save money on fuel and will do so by buying in bulk to benefit from bigger savings. The best time to do this is usually during summer when price is low as there isn’t much demand to use heating oil with the warmer weather. The internet has made it easier for people to compare prices of products across many businesses, as people can find out information quickly online at the click of a button. This is how a number of people have been duped into paying for heating oil from websites that have no intention of fulfilling orders. They believed that they were getting a good deal with the heating oil prices, so they placed an order to save money.

People will look for heating oil prices on the internet before purchasing the fuel over the internet from questionable websites. Generally, these companies will request payment via a bank transfer first or they will ask you to pay over the counter at a bank. As customers wait for the fuel to be delivered, they realise that they will not receive it because they are unable to get in touch with the suppliers to find out exactly when the heating oil will be distributed. These websites don’t give their contact numbers for people to call if they face a problem and they ignore emails that are sent to them. These customers have tried to contact a number of organisations to get the matter resolved, from the police to the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers to the Action Fraud department but with little result so far.

These heating oil scams are a growing problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible by the relevant authorities. Be careful when looking at heating oil prices online and make sure that the website is genuine by doing some research to see if there have been complaints made against that particular company in the past. Try to find out if they are a reputable and trustworthy business before buying heating oil. If you are concerned about an order you have made online for heating oil, then contact the National Fraud Authority to log your complaint and they will investigate the issue and help the police to take action.

Find a Fuel Supplier is a price comparison website listing real-time fuel prices for consumers such as heating oil prices and kerosene prices. We are 100% independent of fuel retailers and oil companies and we take no commission on any sale made.

Author: David Khan

Fuel Price Comparison Websites are Reprimanded by the Office of Fair Trading

A couple of websites that compared heating oil prices across what appeared to be from several different suppliers have been admonished by the Office of Fair Trading, an organisation that regulates competition in a given market and enforces consumer protection laws.

The FuelFighter(dot)co.uk website only quoted prices for fuel supplied by WCF Fuels Limited, despite the fact that the website looked like a neutral price comparison site. Furthermore, the website was actually run by WCF Fuels Limited, which is misleading for visitors to the site as they would have believed that they were receiving independent information on heating oil prices across the market, when in fact this was not the case at all.  Also, testimonials on the website could not be verified which means that the recommendations could be biased.

BoilerJuice(dot)co.uk website was also positioned as a price comparison site for fuel, but it heavily promoted GB Oils Ltd, which also happens to be the biggest heating oil supplier in the UK. However, the website failed to disclose a connection with DCC Plc, their parent company that also owns GB Oils Ltd.

The CheapHeatingOil(dot)co.uk website was also found to be in breach of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. This is because the website could be misconstrued as a price comparison site and mislead people about the purpose of the website due to the style and content.

The problem with these websites supposedly comparing heating oil prices was that they listed their own heating oil suppliers, without explicitly expressing that they were promoting their own interests.  This is not giving consumers the information they need to make informed decisions about where to buy their fuel from. In essence, the content on these websites were deceptive and used purely to refer visitors to suppliers that would benefit their business.

The Office of Fair Trading were made aware of these practices by consumers as well as their own investigations into their off grid energy market study. Their conclusions stated that the websites in question claimed that they were getting the best prices on heating oil, without saying clearly if a price comparison was made at all. Moreover, the Office of Fair Trading were concerned that the number of prices being compared was not declared and that there was no indication of whether there was a link between the supplier giving the quotation and the price comparison website.

The findings from the Office of Fair Trading regarding the operations of comparison websites of fuel prices resulted in the above businesses making changes to their websites to show any connections they have with any fuel supplier that provides quotes and to announce any material information relating to the ownership of the website if it is relevant and applicable. This will allow consumers to make their fuel purchasing decisions (such as looking at heating oil prices) on the premise that they can easily compare the deals on offer online and to be aware of any close links between the website and the suppliers if there are any. In addition to this, the CheapHeatingOil(dot)co.uk website made it clear that it was not a price comparison site and they also put their ownership details prominently on the home page.

All of the businesses mentioned in this article changed their information on the website voluntarily to rectify the issues discovered by the Office of Fair Trading.

Author: David Khan

Two Tragic Deaths, Brindisi Breeze and Campbell Gillies Rock The Equestrian World

At the beginning of May the champion horse Brindisi Breeze died in a tragic accident and then a little over a month later his jockey Campbell Gillies passed away in an equally heartbreaking incident. These were two hugely promising stars of the future that recently hit the headlines securing their biggest wins of their horseracing careers in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival.

In the early hours of May 8th 2012, Brindisi Breeze escaped trainer Lucinda Russell’s yard before bolting across a road where he collided with a heating oil tanker and was killed instantly. Brindisi Breeze went to Cheltenham as the 7-1 second-favourite and got the better of his 19 rivals giving Scotland a taste of rare Cheltenham success; their first in ten years. Campbell Gillies, upon hearing the news about the death of Brindisi Breeze, took to the social media site Twitter declaring that he was “absolutely devastated”.
It’s heartbreaking that neither Brindisi Breeze or Campbell Gillies will be able to repeat their famous victory at next year’s Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle on Gold Cup Day, a win that sent the stable of Lucinda Russell wild with joy.

Campbell Gillies passed away shortly after arriving on the Greek holiday Island of Corfu on the Jun 26, 2012 the day before he turned 22. The full detail of this tragedy remains unclear, however the focus centres on the hotel swimming pool, which is now under investigation. Campbell Gillies’ agent, Paul Brierley, released a suitably vague statement which simply said: ‘At the present time, all I can say is there has been an accident.’

Campbell Gillies, who had more than 50 winners for Lucinda Russell, had a successful campaign in 2011-12 with 38 winners and winning a total of 131 races in Britain. He will be sadly missed in the racing community along with Brindisi Breeze and will remain forever in the memories of horse racing fans around the world.

Author: David Khan

Red Diesel Prices

If you are looking for the most up-to-date red diesel prices, Find a Fuel Supplier independently allow all fuel companies in the UK to advertise their daily red diesel prices. All fuel companies that advertise on Find a Fuel Supplier list their most up-to-date and competitive prices of red diesel in the UK. Therefore if you are in need of red diesel and the best available red diesel prices in your local area be sure you can find the best prices advertised here.

Why You Should Check Red Diesel Prices Regularly? We independently compare prices from all the leading and local fuel suppliers in the UK because red diesel prices are set to constantly change as one red diesel supplier aims to out-compete his local rivals on the latest live red diesel prices. As a result red diesel prices will change on a daily basis, sometimes you may even notice an hourly price change between suppliers. At Find a Fuel Supplier we are not associated or affiliated with any red diesel supplier and remain fiercely independent. Therefore, we can offer the best red diesel prices to suit your needs.

Fluctuations In The Price of Red Diesel

With the price of red diesel constantly fluctuating, it is likely that the red diesel price you pay to your exiting supplier has now increased, even if you are tied into a fuel management plan. Red diesel prices are subject to this fluctuation through the different seasons as well as the cost of a red diesel barrel.

Find a Fuel Supplier is a fuel suppliers comparison site and all savvy consumers that are looking for the best fuel and red diesel prices understand that shopping around is the easiest way to save money. Find a Fuel Supplier also compares heating oil priceskerosene pricesparaffin pricesfuel oil pricespeat briquette pricesgas oil priceslubricant pricesbiodiesel pricesadblue pricesIrish moss peat pricesboiler juice priceswhite diesel prices as well as a free comparison of red diesel suppliersheating oil supplierskerosene suppliersparaffin suppliersfuel oils supplierspeat briquettes suppliersgas oil supplierslubricant suppliersbiodiesel suppliersadblue suppliersIrish moss peat supplierswhite diesel suppliers and boiler juice suppliers.

If you are a red diesel supplier looking for a place to advertise your red diesel prices or a business or individual looking for the best red diesel prices sign up to Find a Fuel Supplier to access all information hosted on our website including any weekly monthly updates, competitor information and a place where you can save thousands of pounds each year or make thousands of pound each year, depending on your requirements. Click here to register or call 0800 832 1111 to speak to one of our team.

Author: David Khan

About Find A Fuel Supplier

Find A Fuel Supplier is an independently owned company recently created to deliver a unique and high value service to British consumers and British fuel suppliers.

Using leading web and phone app technologies, fuel suppliers are able to publish up-to-the-minute fuel prices into an electronic marketplace, through web and smartphone interfaces, which can be sorted by fuel type, amount, and location by fuel customers. This, in turn, enables customers to compare the cost of fuels (such as keroseneheating oil and peat briquettes) across suppliers. Once the costs have been displayed, a clear and easy contact process is subsequently provided that connects buyers and suppliers. In essence, Find A Fuel Supplier is a fully interactive marketplace that brings buyers and sellers together.

Aside from the electronic price comparison service, Find A Fuel Supplier also offers a telephone service. Buyers can telephone one of the company’s supply executives on Freephone 0800 832 1111 and begin the process of finding the best value fuel in the marketplace today. There is also an email alert service which provides regular updates into price movements and availability. Find A Fuel Supplier is centred on listing the best prices for domestic and commercial fuel, and connecting active customers with suppliers.

HOW WE WORK

  1. Find A Fuel Supplier operates a price comparison service that enables fuel suppliers to upload their most up-to-date prices into a database.
  2. Users can then ask the database for prices from suppliers in their area. This can be broken down by fuel type, and the size of order.
  3. Results are displayed almost immediately, and prospective purchasers can ‘click through’ (or phone) the preferred supplier to place their order.

It is as simple as that.

So, have a go – and see what savings you can make right now!

WHY CHOOSE US

Find a Fuel Supplier works with the leading suppliers of various types of fuel in the UK. Some of these suppliers don’t have websites, or advertise online, which means this website has access to the most comprehensive range of fuel suppliers that you are likely to find anywhere.

  • We are fully independent
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  • Prices updated daily

ADVERTISE WITH FIND A FUEL SUPPLIER

Find a Fuel Supplier provides the UK’s leading price comparison engine for customers looking to purchase heating oil, kerosene, red diesel, paraffin and other fuels.

Registered fuel suppliers are able to login to member areas and post the latest fuel prices they wish to offer, at any time. In turn, there are opportunities for suppliers to place banner and sidebar adverts across the site to provide increased visibility for their services.

If you are a fuel supplier and want to place your company in front of thousands of targeted British consumers, then we have advertising opportunities that can help grow your business.

Get in touch with us today on 0800 832 1111 and talk to one of our friendly advisors who will run through your options.

Author: David Khan