Collection: Domestic

The UK and Ireland are almost unique in the world in using kerosene as a heating fuel, especially in domestic applications. Historically, this was a very clean fuel, readily available from the UK’s refineries and manufactured to a high specification relative to the standard. This made it an ideal fuel not only for home heating boilers but also for the extremely fuel-sensitive vaporising burners favoured in Esse and AGA range cookers, for example. Changes to the kerosene standard, notably the reduction in the fuel sulphur content, and changes to refinery economics have subsequently led to the rapid rise in the volume of imported kerosene which, directly or indirectly, have resulted in a number of inherent operating problems.