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Old 04-09-2005, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old Farmers Burning Furnace Oil in Diesel engines?

I had an argument with an old farmer because he was trying to tell me that furnace oil would burn just as good as diesel fuel in my PSD. I heard Diesel fuel has sulfer or something in it needed to decrease engine wear. But he was right that it all came out of the same oil truck in the old days. I think something would go wrong if you used furnace oil. Does anyone know?
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I had an argument with an old farmer because he was trying to tell me that furnace oil would burn just as good as diesel fuel in my PSD. I heard Diesel fuel has sulfer or something in it needed to decrease engine wear. But he was right that it all came out of the same oil truck in the old days. I think something would go wrong if you used furnace oil. Does anyone know?

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Most diesel now-a-days, have insufficient sulphur compared to around 15 years ago or so. Your truck would run ok on home heating oil. I think the biggest problem would be the fact that you can get nailed for tax evasion for using a non road taxed fuel and the cleanliness of the home heating oil not being as good as pump diesel.

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Re: Old Farmers Burning Furnace Oil in Diesel engines?

Home heating oil and Diesel #2 are very close to the same chemical. Kerosene and Diesel #1 are very close to the same chemical. Very close, but not the same. Diesel has tighter specs for meeting "code" than home heating oil or kerosene.

Most diesel engines can burn any of those 4, plus certain grades of jet airplane fuel, and even used cooking oil. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smokin.gif[/img] But you're much more likely to get a bad batch of heating oil or kerosene that would play havok with your injectors than if you fill up with road-taxed diesel. For the story on the cooking oil, visit the biodiesel forum on TheDieselStop.

If you care to research this more, start at http://www.chevron.com/prodserv/fuels/bulletin/diesel/ and enjoy the week's worth of reading. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smokin.gif[/img]
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