"Pete C." wrote:
Oh, I thought you knew what you are talking about. Now you want me to go on an egghunt for your claims.
Oh you know the numbers are out there. Since you know, which sites did you find them on?
Zero oil burner explosions? Here's a recent one in New Jersey (nobody was killed in this case, thank goodness!)
On March 21, 2005 at 8:44 p.m., the Teaneck Fire Department (TFD) responded to a report of a loud explosion and smoke in the house at 501 Rutland Avenue. Upon arrival, responding firefighters were guided into the basement to investigate a problem with the boiler; however they could not find an odor or smoke. The firefighters, who combined have more than 100 years of experience, began investigating the area. They found that the emergency switch of the boiler had been shut off and later learned that the mother living in the home had turned it off. The basement of the home was sectioned off to provide for various uses of the area. There was a large portion that was used for a recreation/family room, an area that contained two beds that were usually used by the house keeper and one of the children, and two small rooms; one containing the oil fired boiler, the other utilized as a laundry room. After investigating the basement area, the responding firefighters determined that a blowback of the oil burner had caused the reported explosion and smoke. Blowback occurs when an accumulation of vaporized fuel oil in the combustion chamber suddenly ignites due to a delayed ignition. This causes too much pressure, which results in a loud bang and the release of smoke. The firefighters found multiple problems with the boiler, including closed water valves, a low water level, a non-functional low-water cut-off and a dirty flue pipe. Fire personnel made the necessary adjustments to restore the boiler to a safe and operable condition and advised the owner of the problems that were found. The owner was also directed to have the boiler serviced as soon as possible.
The best numbers I have are the US produced 539 cubic meters in 2003, (exported 24.19 cubic meters) and imported 114.1 billion cubic meters of natural gas. Compare those ratios.
No it's not, nevertheless middle east oil production has a huge impact on our foreign policy and national spending.
On their web page, I noticed that it is "What can Natural Gas offer over my existing fuel? Dependability. Versatility. Affordability. Convenience. Efficiency. Plus, it is also environmentally friendly! "
So oil heat is not "safe" under your definition.
Well yeah the reason not to use natural gas is to save a few bucks in non usage charges (similar to what you get with electric service) to save far more in higher efficiency. Besides even in those "zero use" periods, I'm still making hot water, and if I'm home there is a good chance I'm eating (using the grill, stove) or doing laundry (dryer.)
Oh I see. Good thing that same furnace wouldn't be needed for a/c in those climates.
You made the claim. Which gas company(ies) did you check with?
I'm sorry, I thought we were discussing natural gas lines, not huge storm drains, which often have to be buried much deeper for gravity flow reasons anyway.
So if I could find an area in Texas where blasting WAS required, and some other area in Connecticut where blasting was NOT required, that would pretty much "proove" the opposite, wouldn't it? :)
Well there you go. Irrefutable proof that installing gas lines is always more expensive in Connecticut than Texas.
So why does that no-colluding oil heat lobby advertise about "today's oil heat" and how hot it is, blah blah blah. Keep in mind this is not one dealer advertising against other oil dealers, but an obligarchy of many/all oil dealers.
If you say so.