August 2016 Update:- Small Quantities of Domestic Heating Oil can now be purchased online in 25 Litre containers from Trinity
Please see the bottom of the page for a constantly updated list of suppliers of small quantities of heating oil.
My own experiences of trying to source small quantities of domestic 28 second heating oil began after I purchased a Corona Inverter Heater, in an effort find an alternative and cheaper form of heating to the only other alternative available to me – expensive electric heating. Whilst some owners of properties fueled by domestic heating oil may complain about the variable cost and sudden unpredictable price rises associated with volatile worldwide oil prices, I find that my inverter heater provides heat at a cost of 6p per KW/H (assuming 60p / litre for heating oil) compared to 12p for standard tariff electricity, and the inverter heater is 99% efficient, which is almost as efficient as electric heating (100%).
You may also have found this blog post when searching for small quantities of heating oil in order to top up a garden tank, or like most people perhaps you are being careful with expenditure and can only afford to top up your domestic heating oil with small quantities. Whatever your reason for reading this, the chances are is that you are struggling to find heating oil in small quantities and that all of the UK Heating Oil brokers, are only interested in orders of 500+ litres!.
I asked a few domestic heating oil delivery companies, exactly why there was a minimum order of 500 litres on a delivery, and the replies were varied, ranging from that it was to do with the accuracy of their measuring & dispensing equipment to it not being worth the expense of sending out a tanker to make a small delivery!. I replied to this excuse by stating quite truthfully that a delivery was made to both my immediately neighbour and also two addresses on the same road by their company, and I was more than happy to coincide my own delivery requirements at the same time as those deliveries to my neighbour, needless to say, I didn’t get a reply!.
I find it strange that there is some debate over the accuracy of dispensing and measuring equipment to the tune of making 500 litres a statutory required minimum delivery. After all, domestic heating oil users in Ireland also have to rely on brokers for their deliveries too, and they are at the mercy of similar measuring equipment and delivery costs, yet quantities as low as 200 litres are available from the majority of Irish delivery agents. Do they have some kind of special highly calibrated metering equipment that isn’t available in the UK?.
I just find it strange that heating oil is available quite routinely in small quantities over in Ireland, yet its forbidden below 500 litres over on the mainland UK!, in fact one of the Irish suppliers even offered me a delivery of 100 litres provided I was happy and agreeable for it to be made when their tanker was passing!, excellent service i’m sure that you will agree, but one which is distinctly lacking over on the mainland!.
Case in Point:-
These are just three random examples out of many heating oil delivery agents in Ireland who are happy to publicise that they can deliver small quantities of heating oil to their customers, something which is unheard of below 500 litres on the mainland UK. Which begs the question, if Irish customers are offered small quantity deliveries from as little as 140 litres, why exactly are we not given the same courtesy?, rip off Britain applies.
Some fuel brokers have started to offer 205 litre drums of Kerosene heating oil, but often these come at a substantial premium, and 205 litre drums are not easy to store or handle for domestic customers at residential addresses.
There are many reasons why a customer may only require a few hundred litres of heating oil, and the most obvious is fuel poverty and the cost of paying for a bulk delivery of heating oil in one payment. There are also a growing number of customers like myself who own portable paraffin inverter heaters and 500 litre minimum deliveries for us are overkill, as is the cost of buying and installing a bunded heating oil tank, this number is also likely to grow further as these inverter heaters become more and more popular in All Electric homes whilst the gap between the cost of Electric Heating and Paraffin begins to widen further.
Those seeking a Small Quantity of Heating oil, may find that there is quite a large ‘per litre’ premium for doing so, and you will often pay around 15p – 20p per litre difference for the same fuel when supplied from a pump in small quantities, compared to a direct tanker delivery for the same fuel from the same depot!!. I understand the need for adding a small margin to cover the running overheads when using the site, but 15p to 20p extra per litre could be considered profiteering , and you even have to serve yourself!.
If you are unable to source heating oil in small quantities locally, then Rye Oils have a UK Mail order delivery service for 20 litres – 400 litres, their prices may seem expensive but as well as paying a larger margin for buying in small quantities, you are also paying for a specialist carrier delivery service in order to deliver the fuel to your doorstep.
You can also obtain small quantities of heating oil from the following places, often this is dispensed from a pump, so with the majority of suppliers you will need to take your own containers.
Stoddards Fuel Ltd, Greenhill Garage, Cheadle Staffs ST10 1JF -01538 752 253
This page is constantly being updated. If you know of a company who still sell heating oil directly from a site pump, or who are willing to deliver small amounts, then please leave a comment on the form below with the information,.