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Oil fuel central heating/dual fuel oven propane gas
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GreenTea70 · 06/10/2020 21:41

Hi. - can anyone give me some advise on both of these. I am viewing a property tomorrow which I really like but it has both of these. Is it ok or lots of regs and not worth taking it on. Cheers

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TobyHouseMan · 07/10/2020 10:43

Nothing wrong with Oil so long as the system is well maintained. Newer boilers are more efficient than older ones. For a well working system the only difference from mains gas is you have to ensure you don't run out of oil. Check for any oil smells between the tank and the boiler - this could indicate an oil leak from the tank or the oil line. The price of oil does tend to fluctuate but at the moments its cheaper than its been for a long while.

Range on LPG - I assume this is bottles? This is a very expensive way of buying LPG, however a range doesn't use that much Gas so the overall cost per year should be low. We have a range with Gas burners and electric ovens and we spend about 120 a year on the bottles.

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GreenTea70 · 07/10/2020 13:47

Thanks Toby - Looks like it has all been replaced in the last 4 years as the house was a wreck.
There is an oil tank in the garden and the other thing is near the back door - looks like a generator box? - not the right terminology I'm sure!
There are also a gas bottle plus spare outside.
Is it a drama? or just normal for more rural living?
Many thanks

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TobyHouseMan · 07/10/2020 14:35

It sounds like the 'Generator' might actually be the boiler? It's more and more common these days to have an outside boiler and its actually OK.

Sounds like there is nothing to be concerned about and its great its all been replaced recently.

Having an Oil boiler is just like Gas really. Its quick to heat up and from the householder point of view is controlled in the same way. I've never lived in a house with mains gas!

The only main differences you need to know are:-

. You are respobsible for making sure your oil tank doesn't run out. If it does you need to re-prime the boiler which depending on your level of ability might mean getting a plumber in - I have done it myself and its not that hard.

. The price of oil goes up and down. Keep an eye on the price and order when you see it low (summer time can be a little cheaper than winter.) Try www.boilerjuice.com to get an idea of the cost per litre.

. You annual service needs to be done by a heating engineer who works with oil. In rural areas there is no problem getting one.

So you have two gas bottles. I suspect they are both connected up at the same time. The idea being when one runs out it automatically switches to the other so you can then replace the empty one whilst you use the full one. Its easy to do and again bottled gas is available everywhere - prices vary so find your best stockist. You can get this delivered if you want but at a cost.


In summary, doesn't sound like there is anything to worry about.

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GreenTea70 · 07/10/2020 18:20

Toby thanks you so much for all your info/help - much appreciated!

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