Why, it will cost more. ULSD would be the product to use, but why pay
road taxes when you can buy heating oil for less? Some diesel owners buy
heating oil just to avoid the road tax and risk some hefty fines if they are
Right now Diesel is about $3.249 at the pump. Several people have posted
in here in the last few days about heating oil being almost exactly the
same price, so it looks like there would be no benefit in using Diesel
in a heating system, or heating oil in a Diesel vehicle, from a cost
Around here (Egg Harbor Nj)
Home Heating oil is $2.90 a gallon 100 gallon minimum plus delivery charge.
Diesel right down the street is $2.95
Off Road Diesel 1 mile down the road is $2.70
Diesel at same station $2.88
Wanna guess which I use in my heater? yes I have 2 5 gallon gas cans just
for filling my tank.
here diesel has 64 cents of road tax added to it per gallon.
I want some heating oil company to explain to me why their oil is not 64
cents cheaper than diesel when they are precisely the same thing.
I would also love to know why those gas stations are allowed to rape you
for off road diesel as THAT ALSO should be 64 cents cheaper than the price
Grrr makes me so mad
I'm pretty sure that here in Taxachusetts there's some kind of
flourescent dye added to heating oil which can be spotted when a diesel
road vehicle is inspected if the owners have been "cheating" the tax man
by running it on heating oil..
Not fluorescent, just red dye and it's the same across the US. Heating
oil / off-road diesel gets red dye to indicate it is not taxed and not
allowed to be used in on-road vehicles, and on-road diesel is taxed and
has no dye (clear to yellow). Other than the tax and dye, they are
essentially both #2 diesel fuel, and the formula on both is adjusted in
the winter in colder areas to reduce gelling.
Heating oil is #2 diesel, not #1 (Kerosene). I have 34 years of
experience with oil heat to confirm that.
Yes, actually you will. Kerosene #1 pumps are relatively common.
Sorry, you are entirely incorrect. #2 fuel oil and #2 diesel are exactly
the same other than the red dye and taxes, #1 kerosene is always the
same and has a little less BTU content per gal then #2, but that's about
it. None of them will cause any sort of buildup any different than your
normal heating oil.
Actually, you are wrong, in some areas. I contacted a number of oil
companies regarding using home heating oil in a standby generator. The
answers that I got back was that in some areas where they don't have enough
volume to justify separate products they use standard diesel fuel for both.
In other areas where there is a large demand for both products, they are
different products. Diesel fuel for engines has higher standards and
specifications to meet, especially in the cetane rating (Similar to octane
rating in gasoline) as the engine must be protected for long life. In these
areas the heating oil is a low grade product as it is only intended to burn
in a furnace, so they will sell you some poor quality crap that is not as
refined. So diesel will be fine for your furnace, but heating oil may damage
your engine. Red dye is added to heating oil and to off-road diesel for use
in farm tractors and/or construction equipment, and this is what I ordered
for my standby generator.
Please note exactly where in the US the home heating oil is normally
something other than #2. I lived 34 Years in CT where oil heat is the
norm and every area supplier supplied #2 that was the same as the
on-road #2 other than taxes and dye. Only big commercial buildings used
lower grade fuel and those have other grade numbers like #4.
I'm not sure where those areas may be. I lived in CT where oil heat is
the norm for 34 years and all the area suppliers supplied #2 that was
the same as the on-road #2 other than the taxes and dye. Certainly more
than enough demand there for separate products is there were such a
thing. Now some big commercial buildings did use lower grades of fuel,
but those also have other grade numbers, i.e. #4, not #2.
Actually they haven't been since sometime in the 1990s when low sulfur
diesel (500ppm) was mandated. Then about 3 years ago ULSD (15ppm
sulfur) was mandated for on road diesel fuel. My buddy has a liquid
fuels business and they try to dedicate one truck for hauling it because
if you haul say #2 heating oil the residual can be enough to raise the
sulfur content beyond the ULSD spec.
Little or no financial benefit as far as cost per gallon, but for folks
not on automatic delivery who aren't paying attention and let their
heating tank run dry, it's much cheaper to take two 5gal cans to the gas
station and use that to keep the furnace running until getting a normal
delivery the next day vs. an emergency delivery.
I have 2 - 5 gallon cans of kerosene. My local hardware store carries
kerosene. I average about 4 gallons a day in the winter, so that will
cover a couple of days.
I usually run out on a Sunday or a holiday. :-).
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