Fuel oil, also called kerosene, home heating oil, diesel fuel or coal oil, is used to power various kinds of engines, lamps, heaters, stoves and lanterns. It is also stored in compact vessels for use in space heaters and used to clean metal components.Continue Reading
The burnable liquids produced from crude oil are called fuel oils. Fuel Oil No. 1 is commonly known as kerosene, while Fuel Oil No. 2 is typically called home heating oil. The diesel fuel used to run boats is called Fuel Oil No. 4. Examples of diesel fuels are fuel oils 1-D and 2-D.
Fuel oil is one of the typical options of homeowners for running home heating equipment, such as furnaces and boilers. The thermostat transmits an electrical signal to the furnace whenever the room temperature decreases. The furnace provides fuel to the burners, which burn fuel oil to produce a flame, and causes fuel ignition. The heat exchanger, a metal component of the burners, becomes hotter, and heat is transferred to the surrounding air. The timer-operated blower then starts to move air through the furnace heating system.
Boilers also supply hot water besides heating the home. Some of the types of boilers that use fuel oil are hot water boiler systems and steam boiler systems.Learn more about Heating & Cooling
Technically speaking it is possible to use diesel fuel as a home heating oil. Oil heat is the most common means of heating homes, historically. However this is an expensive way to heat homes as the price of home heating oil is market driven. Traditional home heating oil and diesel fuel have the same chemical composition, which makes diesel fuel a possible substitute for home heating oil.Full Answer >
Kerosene is a fuel used for cooking, heating or lighting a home. It is more widely used in developing countries.Full Answer >
Gel fuel heaters can be purchased online or in-store from home improvement and supply stores such as The Home Depot and Lowe's, as well as from specialty heating and cooling retailers such as Air & Water. Internet auction sites such as eBay also feature listings for gel fuel heaters.Full Answer >
Red diesel fuel is intended for home use as a home heating oil in furnaces, and it is illegal to use in diesel cars. This type of fuel has similar chemical compositions to the automotive diesel #2, but it must not serve as a substitute for diesel #2 for public transportation. Manufacturers add a red dye to the fuel to distinguish it from diesel #2.Full Answer >