About Us

As a family run business who have been established for the last 100 years we take great pride in serving the local communtity with their fire and heating requirements. We work hard to cater for all budgets and to offer the best possible British coal, smokeless fuels and kiln dried logs at the best possible price. We aspire to grow a long term customer base and we are looking to broaden our product and service range further.

Your order will always be delivered by one of the Larkins men. Usually by Martin, one of the fourth generation members of Larkins Fuel Merchants and sometimes by Nigel, who has over 50 years of experience in the coal merchants trade.

History

Arthur Larkins

Arthur Larkins moved to Old Buckenham in 1922 where he established a coal merchants business, in those days there was often more than one coal merchant in a village and deliveries were made locally with a horse and cart.  After a few years Arthur bought a lorry and was one of the few businesses around at the time to have a vehicle of that kind.

Reginald (Reggie) LarkinsAfter the second world war, on his return from duty in the RAF, Reginald joined his father in the coal business and they continued to operate the business locally until Reginald took over in the 1960's, at that time deliveries were made on a regular fortnightly basis to different areas daily, nearly every household used coal or smokeless fuel as their main source of heating.

In 1969 Nigel, Reggie's son started to work in the business, although there was a gradual decline in the number of households using solid fuel they managed to increase the business by offering a fast, efficient and reliable service and furthering their delivery areas.  Due to retirement and health problems they decided, in 1992 to sell the business.

Nigel LarkinsAfter 3 years Nigel started deliveries to some of his old customers after a number of them said that they were not getting the level of service previously offered. Gradually business began to pick up and Nigel realised that there was still a market for coal and smokeless fuel although nowadays there are less fortnightly deliveries and more 'on demand' calls. Larkins Fuel Merchants Delivery TruckThe demand for logs has also increased over the last few years and as business has increased both Nigel's sons; David & Martin have helped with deliveries, with Martin having a more advanced role since his return from living overseas in 2015. Nigel's wife Vivien in recent years has also been involved with taking customer orders.

We are very pleased to be associated with Certainly Wood kiln dried log suppliers and offer their premium products. With being able to offer top quality British coal (till May 2023) and British smokeless fuels along with Certainly Wood's sustainable British kiln dried logs we strive to serve the local community now and in the years ahead.

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