If you currently use heating oil to heat your home, you probably have wondered how a fuel company processes and manufactures it. When you order another tank or half tank of oil for heating in the colder months, you may have noticed that your fuel delivery company asks what number of oil you need too. While this all may be confusing, the processes used to create heating oil are not that difficult to understand. Additionally, the numbers used to describe heating oils serve a very important purpose, both in the oil production process as well as the fuel type your furnace uses. Here is an explanation of the process and a brief introduction to the six numbered types of heating oil.
Extracting Heating Oil from Crude Oil
As crude oil is boiled, heated, burned and distilled, various parts of the crude oil are extracted. Gasoline and kerosene are both extracted distillates of crude oil. Heating oil is the thick, purified oil that is left when the impurities of coal or tar are burned off and the gasoline is removed. Then the heating oil may go through several more heating processes before it becomes one of six numbered types of heating oil. The heaviest oil is the cheapest oil, but only because your furnace has to heat it at a very high temperature to get this thick, number six oil to move. The lightest oil, oil number one, is the most expensive, but it is best for energy efficiency because your furnace does not have to burn or heat it extensively to keep the oil moving into the furnace's ignition.
The Six Numbered Heating Oils
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18 March 2016
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