can deisel fuel be used in the heating oil tank?

Old 03-24-13, 11:54 AM
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can deisel fuel be used in the heating oil tank?

can diesel fuel be used in your home heating oil tank? i keep hearing that its identical except for an added dye.

i plan on removing my in ground tank soon and dont want to take on a new 150 gallon minimum delivery as i do not plan on putting oil from the old tank in my new tank. just need to get by for a bit.

Old 03-24-13, 12:16 PM
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From everything I understand...they are almost identical.......normally people say they just bought 20 gal or so to get them I guess it depends on how much you need.

Maybe you could talk to a friend and just siphon some of theirs? Isn't diesel a lot more expensive than fuel oil?
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It's usually the other way around. Some buy heating oil and run it in vehicles because they don't pay the road taxes attached to diesel. Guess they get caught occasionally or most would try it. Basic question - yes it will substitute for heating oil.
Old 03-24-13, 01:09 PM
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One big reason not to use diesel in a home oil burner is the fact that you are paying road use tax on diesel fuel which brings the cost of the fuel up.

Home heating oil is dyed red. Diesel is clear, slightly yellow, slightly green but never red.
If you get stuck in a motor vehicle road check with red in your diesel tank

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