What Is Heating Oil?

Posted: November 21, 2022

Where It Comes from, How It Keeps You Warm

If you’ve kept your home warm with heating oil for a while, you probably already know that heating oil, like many other products, comes from the refinement of crude oil.

Through the process of distillation, hydrocarbons are removed from the crude oil and become a substance that can be further purified and blended to make the heating oil that we ultimately deliver to your heating oil tank.

Wilson Oil and Propane just doesn’t just deliver heating oil though. We deliver premium B20 Bioheat Plus® fuel. Bioheat Plus fuel is a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and renewable biodiesel. It’s produced domestically, and it offers several advantages over traditional heating oil.

Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oils, animal fats and other renewable materials, is considered a biogenic fuel that reduces carbon output 100%. That’s because the combustion of biofuels and other biogenic energy sources recycle carbon dioxide emissions through renewable plant materials and other biomass feedstocks. That’s why you’ll be hearing a lot about net-zero carbon emissions in the years ahead.

B20 Bioheat Plus Fuel Saves You Money

When you use B20 Bioheat Plus fuel to warm your home, your heating system will not only burn fuel more efficiently, it will also last longer and require fewer repairs.

Bioheat fuel can be used in your existing heating system without modification – which means you won’t need to make a further investment in equipment to enjoy its benefits. Further, getting Bioheat fuel deliveries may extend heating equipment life while reducing heating maintenance and service calls.
Bioheat fuel is one of the fastest-growing alternative fuels in the nation.

How Heating Oil Keeps You Warm

If you use heating oil, you either have an oil furnace or oil boiler in your home. A furnace uses air to heat your home, while boilers use water. Furnaces and boilers can both use fuel oil to heat, and it starts in the combustion chamber, where the oil is tuned into a flame by the oil burner.

Oil Burner: Engine of Your System

Like any mechanical device, heating oil systems require all components to work together. But some parts are more important than others. One component that is particularly vital to the efficient and effective operation of a heating oil system is its burner.

The burner can be considered the engine of the heating oil system. When your house gets chilly, the thermostat will send a signal to tell the oil burner in the furnace or boiler to turn on. A fuel pump then starts to draw the oil from the tank and through fuel lines to reach the oil burner.

There is a device on the burner called the nozzle, which turns the oil into a very fine spray. This oil mist mixes with air and ignites in the combustion chamber, which gets very hot. This heat then gets moved around your home and comes out either through radiators or baseboards (if you have a boiler) or vents (if you have a furnace).

How efficiently this is done depends on the design of the burner. Modern burners contain electronic pre-purge and post-purge controls to ensure ultra-clean starts and stops. New two-stage burners also have an efficiency level that’s 5–15% higher than older ones because they have been designed to conserve fuel.

Please reach out to us if you would like to get a heating oil delivery from us.