Heating Oil vs Off-Road Diesel

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by MayberrySaint, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

    Mar 7, 2007
    Mount Airy, NC
    I read online in a money-saving article that heating oil and off-road diesel were very similar and can be used interchangeably. It suggested that the OR diesel could be used in a furnace...has anyone done this? The price difference is about $0.80 per gallon here in NC.
  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:I've used off-road diesel a couple of times in emergencies. I have heard it's not good to do for extended periods but I can't remember why. It may leave more deposits on your chimney which may clog it, but I can't be sure. Essentially they are very similar. Price is almost the same here in Idaho.
  3. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

    Mar 7, 2007
    Mount Airy, NC
    Thanks for the info...
  4. We have used it before in emergencies, too. Using fuel oil in a diesel truck or tractor will cause more harm than the reverse as far as I have ever heard. Here fuel oil and off-road diesel are about the same price as well, so I've never really thought about using off-road all the time instead of fuel oil.
  5. Darin115

    Darin115 Songster

    Apr 28, 2008
    Asheboro, NC
    I just called our diesel fuel supplier and asked them this question. He said as long as it is off-road diesel you can run it in a heating oil furnace. He said to not put on-road diesel in a furnace. I did not ask why because it is higher and why would you even bother.

    He said somthing about it being labeled low sulfer.
    So the answer is yes you can burn off-road diesel in a heating oil furnace with no ill effects.

    For 80 cents a gallon, I would definately do it.

  6. willheveland

    willheveland Songster

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    Many people here in NYS runoff-road diesel in their furnace.The state doesn't want you too because it doesn't have the same taxes as home heating oil.(I knew a guy that delivered fuel and told me if the truck was low on heating oil they'd give the customer off-road diesal instead)
    I run off-road diesel in my tractor and torpedo heater in my shop.It would run in an automoble too,but here in NYS they put a red dye in it so if they were to catch you running it in your vehicle they'd probably fine you.

    All because of tax money,meanwhile you read about people freezing to death in their homes because they could not afford heat. Will
  7. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    We run off road diesel in our furnace all of the time.

    There are lots of extra taxes in road fuel which makes it more expensive.

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