Ran out of oil, can I mix diesel with heating oil?

Ran out of oil, can I mix diesel with heating oil?

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Ran out of oil, can I mix diesel with heating oil?

I ran out of oil last weekend and since it was the weekend all of the oil companies were closed. I had about 10 gallons left in my tank. My question is could I have ran over to the gas station, filled up some gas cans with diesel fuel and used that to make it til Monday? Would it matter if the 10 gal of heating oil already in there mixed with the diesel fuel or is that okay? Serious answers please.
actually heating oil is $2.88 here and diesel is only $2.69.

YES YOU CAN IT WILL WORK OUT MORE EXPENSIVE ,, THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS A DYE ADDED , SO HEATING OIL IS NOT USED AS VEHICLE FUEL , AS YOU PAY DUTY ON VEHICLE FUEL, TRACTORS AND OFF ROAD VEHICLES USE HEATING OIL ONCE THEY ARE NOT DRIVEN ON ROADS ONLY FARMS / BUILDING SITES

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9 Responses to “Ran out of oil, can I mix diesel with heating oil?”

  1. John 21350 Says:

    YES YOU CAN IT WILL WORK OUT MORE EXPENSIVE ,, THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS A DYE ADDED , SO HEATING OIL IS NOT USED AS VEHICLE FUEL , AS YOU PAY DUTY ON VEHICLE FUEL, TRACTORS AND OFF ROAD VEHICLES USE HEATING OIL ONCE THEY ARE NOT DRIVEN ON ROADS ONLY FARMS / BUILDING SITES

  2. Luke Says:

    No, do not do that. Diesel could blow your house up. If your running low call you local kerosene or oil tank filler provider. Or just get some kerosene.

  3. dethmiayr Says:

    You can use kerosene. It is more refined then heating oil. I ran out a couple of times on weekends, less then 10 gallons in the tank and have used it. I never had a problem with it and your oil company will tell you if you call them and ask, that is how I found out.

  4. Hondu Says:

    Yes, you can use diesel fuel to heat your home. Heating oil and number two diesel are almost the same thing and they can be mixed. Diesel has a higher ash and sulfur content but will work just fine. The big difference between the two is the taxes that are tacked onto the price of the road fuel.

  5. Farzan Saeed Says:

    No.
    Use kerosene oil. diesel can catch fire easily.

  6. Peter W Says:

    Yes you can.

    Diesel (#2 Motor Fuel) is a reduced-sulphur, reduced paraffin fuel oil that otherwise no different than #2 heating oil.

    It may also be cheaper for you to use kerosene (#1 fuel oil) than diesel as unless you have access to exempt diesel fuel (for farm and stationary use) you will be paying motor-fuel taxes.

    In point-of-fact, your system will run cleaner using motor-fuel, although the heat value (BTU/Gallon) is slightly lower for diesel fuel than fuel oil, and significantly lower for kerosene.

  7. William B Says:

    same thing but more expensive

  8. mark k Says:

    Yes you can do that I have done that in the past it is essentially the same product.

  9. Peter viii Says:

    Heating oil is diesel fuel. However, the diesel fuel that is used for heating homes is off road fuel, the same thing used in tractors and other farm equipment,and is non-taxed. The on road fuel is taxed and is used in on road vehicles, therefore is taxed. The way they regulate the use of these fuels to make sure no one cheats the system on taxes is that they dye the off road fuel red.

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