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Home heating fuel
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Michele in VA    Posted 10-06-2004 at 11:47:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
My heating oil company told me yesterday there were
several types I could run in my heater, but that most
people run the type that costs $1.77 a gallon. I don't
know if that's the expensive type or the cheap or the
middle of the road type. Does anyone know about this?
I always thought home heating oil was the same. I
have a furnace with a blower that blows into a central
air duct system.


I just heard ...    Posted 10-06-2004 at 18:46:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heating oil is expected to go up 20+% this winter..

Plan well and keep warm.


RayP(MI)    Posted 10-06-2004 at 18:26:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
#2 heating oil is "thicker" #1, and has a little more heat per gallon. Problem is that #2 will jell and cease flowing at higher cold temperatures than #1. Thus if your storage is outside, you have to be careful as to the jelling temperature and the lowest possible temperatures you'll encounter. It's darn frustrating to loose your furnace when it's the coldest! Your heating oil dealer can advise you on this. Also as some have noted, some furnaces are designed for one or the other, a heating service dealer can advise you as to the requirements for your particular unit. Some will handle most anything. Kerosene is lighter than either #1 or #2.


screaminghollow    Posted 10-06-2004 at 12:40:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
There's a few differences in heating oil. My spare house has some peculiar burner that requires kerosene, expensive. My house takes what I think is No 2 fuel oil. In a pinch, like when we ran low and the snow prevented the truck from delivering, I put kerosene in it and it ran fine. My mechanic heats his place with what is called a waste oil heater. He can burn drain oil, old cooking oil, just about any fluid oil. I can't verify that it is true but I once heard that "the cheaper the burner the more expensive the oil it takes." You should of course follow the reccomendations of your furnace manufacturer. Get the model and serial off the furnace and try to look them up on the net. Sometimes, there are different "guns" for the same model furnace. One for kerosene, another for fuel oil. You may have to also check the gun, which is the gizmo that actually pumps and shoots a spray of oil into the fire chamber. To even more complicate the issue, there are also different types of nozzles for the spray gun which may dictate the oil to be used. You might want to check with your service man to see what you actually have.


Peanut    Posted 10-06-2004 at 12:52:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think No 1 oil is kerosene and No 2 is the true "heating oil". Heck - I could be wrong.

Your mechanic may be right on the target. I heard about people using used fryer (vegetable or peanut) oil to run their cars. Restaurants in St Louis where I work give the stuff away instead of paying a disposal company to haul it away. Apparently there is some type of converter for your car that allows it to burn. You end up with free fuel that has virtually zero harmful emissions. It is supposed to smell like you are frying french fries. I imagine with the proper innards, a furnace could burn just about anything combustable. Of course this assumes you dont have local ordinances to fuss about.


OH Boy    Posted 10-07-2004 at 06:57:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
They run that used frier oil in diesel engines. It would not work in a gasoline engine.


Peanut    Posted 10-06-2004 at 12:07:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try the link below to compare heating oil prices. It is rather informative and broken down by region.

Looks like $1.77 is kinda in the middle.

I didn't realize there was more than one kind of heating oil. I understood it to be a specific petroleum distillate (specific chemical makeup). I suppose there is the possibility of other additives but I wouldn't think the overall structure of oil can change too dramatically. There are certain EPA and safety issues to deal with when it comes to combustibles.


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