What Kind Of Oil Do Oil Furnaces Take?


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Mine takes domestic heating oil: kerosene as it's called in the USA, or "parafin oil" as called in Britain -- not to be confused with just "parafin" or parafin wax.

It's a mineral oil byproduct from the manufacture of gasoline (it's distilled from petrol). So I sometimes wonder if it isn't relatively environmentally benign to use it. I mean, what else would "they" do with that oil if we didn't burn it for fuel. Could it be disposed of more safely and without releases of carbon dioxide?

It does have a relatively low combustion temperature and is dangerous to handle.

That said, I would look carefully at the particular boiler you've got. Contact the manufacturer if necessary, or at least a heating engineer, if you have the slightest doubts about what is the right fuel to put in there. You get it wrong and it could be very expensive or even highly dangerous.

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