Heating Oil Info

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Point of fact....

There are approximately 50,000 more btu's in a gallon of heating oil than in a gallon of propane. (1/3 more)

Here's another thing to consider as a homeowner.... When your propane company sets up a tank at your house, you are obligated to buy your fuel from that company. Not really a good idea.

Our heating oil is #2 fuel oil and is from 
Citgo or Mobile refineries, so you can 
feel confident that it will not slug up your 

Fuel Oils types:

Kerosene is #1 oil which has been filtered to clean it up. A traditional name for kerosene is "coal oil", though it is in fact a petroleum product and is not made from coal. 135,000 BTU’s.

#1 fuel oil is more refined than #2 oil, has a lower pour point (or gel point or waxing point), is less viscous, has a higher septane rating and contains fewer BTU's per gallon than #2 heating oil.

Diesel fuel used in diesel powered vehicles and some other engines, is basically #2 fuel oil. In the U.S. and other countries, home heating oil has dye added in order to distinguish it from un-taxed or lower-taxed fuels from un-dyed and higher-taxed diesel fuels used for over-the-road vehicles.

Use of dye in diesel fuels: Un-taxed diesel is "dyed" and taxed diesel (that is, by a vehicle fuel tax) is not-dyed. In an emergency if you're out of home heating oil you can drive to the "gas" station to purchase diesel fuel (but you'll pay more since it's taxed). In the U.S. "red diesel" is used to identify high-sulfur diesel fuel for use in off-road equipment and machines. the I.R.S. requires a red dye in tax-exempt diesel fuel such as that used for home heating. Also in the U.S. blue die is added to diesel fuel used by government vehicles. In the U.K. "red diesel" is agricultural and other off-road vehicles and machines. In the E.U. a solvent yellow 124 dye is added to un-taxed fuels - it can be detected by an acid-test. Removing dye from diesel fuels is illegal. 

Diesel fuel Winter Blend combines Diesel fuel with about 10% to 20% #1 oil to avoid waxing or gelling of the fuel. The septane rating of winter blend diesel fuel will usually be above regular diesel fuel when a septane-booster additive has been included. 

Home Heating Oil Winter Blend combines #2 heating oil with #1 oil (often called a "kerosene mix" by the heating oil distributor)  for use at homes with outdoor oil tanks in freezing climates. Kerosene mix is usually 10 - 20% #1 with #2 similar to the Winter Blend Diesel described above.

Home Heating Oil also referred to as #2 Fuel Oil or by some writers as Regular Fuel Oil. One gallon of No. 2 home heating oil will provide about 140,000 BTUs per gallon. 

#4 fuel oil (bunker oil) is used in large stationary engines, power plants, and very large commercial boilers

RM oil is used as fuel by diesel locomotives and is a mix of #4 and #2 oils with some other refining differences

#6 oil is used to make asphalt for paving

How flammable is home heating oil?: it's not that easy to set on fire.  An oil burner uses a high voltage spark to ignite heating oil after the oil has been pressurized to 100 to 120 psi and then atomized by passing through the oil burner nozzle.
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