28 AUGUST 1926, Page 17


[To Me Editor SIR,—The shortage of household coal no doubt troubles many of your readers. As a dweller in a small country house, so far as my own convenience is concerned, I do not care in the least whether the miners resume work or stay out. My yearly coal consumption has averaged twelve tons. In future I expect to use none, as I have put in a new type of oil cooker, which I had does better work than the fair-sized coal-burning range, which I formerly used. It bakes bread, heats water for home washing, makes toast, cooks joints and food for from four to six people (sometimes more). Larger ones would no doubt do the work of a large house. I have oil heaters for warmth, and in the coming winter I shall have a small wood fire, in addition, to sit over. The cost of my oil fuel works out at rather less than I paid for coal and haulage last year. The cooking range with three burners uses five gallons of oil per week. The cleanliness, saving of work, bother and waste is to the good. The cooking is better, as it seems that the heat can be adjusted as required. Several neighbouring cottages now use oil stoves, and the occupants tell me that with the little wood they can gather they feel quite independent of coal.—I am, Sir, &c.,