Why Buy From A Coal Supplier Over Local Stores?

Why Buy From A Coal Supplier Over Local Stores?

There are many times when it’s good to be able to support local businesses, but in some cases you’re better off using a supplier with a national profile. One of those cases is solid fuel, and in this article, we’re going to explain why we think that’s the case.

So here are our top five reasons why we think you’re better off getting your solid fuel from a specialist coal supplier such as KG Smith & Son rather than a local store.

KG Smith & Son staff bagging


With a local supplier, you’ll usually have to go and fetch your coal yourself. That may be helpful if you’ve run out or are close to running out and need an emergency top-up, but for regular supplies in large quantities it’s not so convenient. 

Even if a home delivery supply is possible from your local store, with limited staff and delivery trucks likely to be available, you might struggle to get a day and time that suits your own timetable.

A specialist coal supplier, on the other hand, is likely to be able to make a delivery straight to your door at a time convenient to you. They’ll probably be able to unload it as well, so all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the warmth and comfort your fuel brings.


Local stores are likely to have only limited storage space – and that means they probably won’t have a great range of smokeless coals and other solid fuels for you to choose from. With so many different types available these days – from anthracite and briquettes to eco-friendly fuels such as Homefire Ecoal 50 – and so many different appliances, you might not easily be able to find the perfect fuel for your own particular needs.

A larger, more specialist, supplier, on the other hand, will probably have a great selection you can browse online at your leisure.


There’s no substitute for the kind of experience that can be accrued over many years working in a niche industry that requires technical knowledge. So, if you need advice on the right kind of coal for your particular appliance or application, whether that’s a multi-fuel stove, a solid fuel boiler or an open fire, a specialist coal supplier should be able to give you all the information and help you need. 


A specialist coal dealer is probably going to be buying its coal supplies in much larger quantities than a local store, which means they’re almost certainly going to be able to get it at a lower price. That should mean that you are also able to get your own coal cheaper, as they should be passing on a good proportion of the savings they’re making to their own customers.


Specialist suppliers rely on the quality of the products they sell and are likely to have the experience to know which fuels on the market offer the best value, the cleanest burn, the most efficient heating and the reliability to ensure satisfaction in every sack of coal.

It’s always worth reading reviews and testimonials to find out what other customers think of the service they have received in terms of the quality of the product – as well as the levels of customer service – when trying to decide which supplier to choose.


KG Smith & Son is a leading coal supplier that can deliver right across the UK, with both fast and free delivery usually available on a vast range of high-quality solid fuels. We’ve been in the business for over 70 years and are always happy to share our extensive experience and industry knowledge whenever you need it.

Call us now if you need further information or advice, or place your order online now.



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