Is home heating oil the same as diesel fuel?

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We have type 2 heating oil for our home according to the delivery guy. Hubby says that it is the same thing as diesel fuel you can get from the gas station and can be used in the home. I am not so sure. Anyone know for sure?

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6 Responses to “Is home heating oil the same as diesel fuel?”

  1. nontatertot Says:

    It is very similar, as all the other answers have posted. However, I believe you are asking if you can use it in your home heating system. The answer is yes. I know many long-haul truck drivers who used to reduce their gross vehicle weight during stops at home by using a syphon hose and a bucket to off-load some of the fuel tanks (at the boss’s expense) into their stove system to cut down on heating bills. It burned well and did no damage that ever heard of to their heaters.

  2. SKG R Says:

    You must ask the Vendor.
    It depends on Model.

  3. hector Says:

    its true coz i use furnace oil on a diesel engine

  4. baalberith11704 Says:

    It is for the most part the same…except in cold weather climates/winter an anti gelling ingredient(kerosene or other additive) is added to the automotive grade to prevent freezing. It is a federal crime to put home heating oil in a vehicle used upon public roads as it is not taxed-that is why they are different colors , they are dyed so inspectors can check diesel truck fuel tanks.

  5. guess78624 Says:

    If it is #2 fuel oil it is same viscosity, – but the "gas station" fuel has a bunch of additives that aren’t in diesel fuel! This could be cured by putting in "diesel oil fuel conditioner" which is available at auto supply stores (is supposed to clean injectors and increase mileage etc.) However you don’t want to get caught by your state people, unless you are paying "highway taxes" on it!
    I have also run a lot of regular heating oil, (which is #1" fuel oil), it works real good in the winter time in far north (like Wisconsin). I worked at an airport for a time, and I even used a lot of Jet fuel (the "sump dump" fuel that comes from checking each fuel tank for water)… That is just about the same as kerosene, – I found it useful to run about 50/50 with regular diesel, – which works good in wintertime also. The only drawback is that there is about a 30% decrease in fuel mileage, –(but no "jelling" in fuel lines in wintertime sub zero weather!) This was done in a 60 model 190D mercedes!

  6. R1volta Says:

    Some stuff, but you are not allowed to run it in your over the road vehicle. Taxes were not paid on it.

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