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Understanding The Differences In Heating Oil Products And What They Are Used For

Heating oil is a generic term used to describe petroleum-based oil used to fuel boilers, hot air heating systems, and some furnaces. There are several different heating oil types on the market, so understanding the difference is vital if you want to get the right fuel for your heating system. 

Common Heating Oil

The most common heating oil product used today in furnaces and heating systems is number two heating oil. This heating oil is similar to diesel fuel in characteristics. Still, it has a dye added to it to make it easier to identify, mainly because diesel and number two heating oil are taxed differently. 

Number two heating oil is extremely stable. It works well in heating systems because it can produce one hundred and thirty-eight thousand BTUs (British thermal units) per gallon of fuel, making it very efficient. The downside, if there is one, is that it gels in freezing temperatures, so number two heating oil often needs some additional additives to change the viscosity of the oil. 

Kerosene Or Number One Oil

Many people know kerosene as a fuel used in portable heaters, but it is actually a part of the oil that is removed during the refining process when making number two heating oil. It burns hotter, is less affected by cold, and can be used as an additive to help reduce the gelling of the heating oil in your tank. 

Fuel stored outside in the winter in areas that routinely see freezing temperatures can use kerosene or number one oil at a ratio of around thirty percent kerosene to seventy percent heating oil to stabilize the fuel's gelling. The number one or kerosene will burn in your heating system all by itself, but it would be costly to fill the heating oil tank with kerosene for the winter, so mixing the fuels is often the best solution. 

If you are unsure about which fuel to use or what mix to consider in the winter, have your heating oil company look at your furnace or heating system and recommend the best heating oil for your situation. The delivery driver will often recommend the mix for you based on experience, but you can opt to change the mix if you like. 

Other Heating Fuels

There are grades of heating oil that continue up through number six, but those fuels' quality makes them unable to be used in a heating system in your home or business. Those fuels are often used in large stationary engines on generators or other production machines. 

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Buying Industrial Equipment For Less

Start-up costs are high in the industrial field. There is a lot of equipment to buy and none of it is cheap. If you're trying to break into the industrial field, it's important to realize that you face higher barriers to entry than you would in most other fields, and take that into account when budgeting and making a business plan. With that said, you may be surprised to find out all the ways that you can save on industrial equipment. Negotiating generous lease terms or buying refurbished equipment outright are just two of your options. I started this blog to help newcomers to the field navigate through the process of finding and buying industrial equipment and getting started in the business.

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