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Fuel Cost Comparison Fireplaces

All heat output is measured in terms of BTU's. Column 4 gives you a measure of the approximate cost of heat available from each alternative source of fuel.

It is important to realize, that even within a state, average energy of fuel prices can vary widely. So, to determine the specific cost comparison in a paticular region or country, varies as well. Similarly, different efficiency levels have a definate impact on cost as well.
 
Fuel Cost ComparisonFuel Cost Comparison 

 

BTU value per unit

# of units to produce 18,000,000 BTUs

Fuel cost per unit

Cost unit

Total Cost

1500 sq ft 100 M BTU

2000 sq ft 140 M BTU

3000 sq ft 200 M BTU

Dryshelled Corn

8,000/lb

2,250 lbs

3.00

Bushel

$120.54

$668.97

$936.56

$1,339.15

Dryshelled Corn

8,000/lb

2,250 lbs

4.00

Bushel

$160.71

$891.96

$1,248.75

$1,785.54

Wood (oak)

26,300,000

0.7 cord (full)

200.00

cord

$140.00

$777.00

$1,087.80

$1,555.40

Wood pellets

8,700/lb

2,068 lbs

220.00

Ton

$227.48

$1,262.51

$1,767.52

$2,527.30

Wood pellets

8,700/lb

2,068 lbs

250.00

Ton

$258.50

$1,434.68

$2,008.55

$2,871.94

Natural gas

1,000 cu.ft.

18,000 cu.ft.

1.050

100 cu.ft.

$189.00

$1,048.95

$1,468.53

$2,099.79

LP gas 90%+

91,000/gal.

214 gals.

1.60

gal.

$342.40

$1,900.32

$2,660.45

$3,804.06

LP gas 90%+

91,000/gal.

214 gals.

1.80

gal.

$385.20

$2,137.86

$2,993.00

$4,279.57

LP gas 90%+

91,000/gal.

214 gals.

2.00

gal.

$428.00

$2,375.40

$3,325.56

$4,755.08

Fuel oil

140,000/gal

129 gals.

1.80

gal.

$232.20

$1,288.71

$1,804.19

$2,579.74

Fuel oil

140,000/gal

129 gals.

2.20

gal.

$283.80

$1,575.09

$2,205.13

$3,153.02

 
Corn Comparison
1 BUSHEL OF SHELLED CORN  = 5.35 GALLONS OF LP GAS
1 BUSHEL OF SHELLED CORN  = 3.6 GALLONS OF FUEL OIL
1 BUSHEL OF SHELLED CORN  = 148 KILOWATT HOUR OF ELECTRICITY
1 BUSHEL OF SHELLED CORN  = 5.01 C.CF. OF NATURAL GAS
 
Wood Pellet Comparision (40# of wood pellets = 1 Bag)
1 BAG OF WOOD PELLETS = 4.14 GALLONS OF LP GAS
1 BAG OF WOOD PELLETS = 2.5 GALLONS OF FUEL OIL
1 BAG OF WOOD PELLETS = 102 KILLOWAT HOUR OF ELECTRICITY
1 BAG OF WOOD PELLETS = 3.48 C.C.F OF NATURAL GAS
 
Fuel Cost Comparison (04.24.09)
 

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