Using Heating Oil

While we like to think that all our products are efficient, cost effective and easy to use, we appreciate that you may have some questions about the various types of heating oil we offer.

Below you’ll find our heating oil FAQ – a definitive list that we hope answers some of the most common questions about our products. However, if you find there’s something we’ve missed, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our professional advisors.

How long does heating oil last?

Properly stored kerosene has a shelf life of two to five years, whereas premium kerosene can last indefinitely. Gas oil, on the other hand, can last up to two years when stored in a suitable environment – however, treating your gas oil with effective additives can prolong its shelf life considerably.

Is kerosene efficient?

In short, yes! Given kerosene’s high BTU (British Thermal Units) production and the fact it generates a considerable amount of heat, home heating systems that run on kerosene are capable of heating a vast space at a very reasonable cost.

Compared to electricity and gas, which have an estimated efficiency level of 31% and 77% respectively, kerosene’s efficiency rating of 90% makes it a sensible choice for those looking to save a quid or two on their monthly heating bills.

Is kerosene safe?

Yes, very. Due to the fact that kerosene has what’s called a high flashpoint, the risk of it exploding is almost none existent. Not only this, both kerosene and premium kerosene – as well as gas oil – burn cleanly, meaning the risk of carbon monoxide emissions is low.

Are kerosene and gas oil fumes dangerous?

Although kerosene and gas oil are perfectly safe when housed in an appropriate container, inhaling the fumes of each can cause dizziness and nausea. That’s why keeping on top of things like oil tank safety is so important – as well as ensuring your boiler is serviced and maintained to a high standard.

Is kerosene the same as paraffin?

Yes! Kerosene goes by several other names too, such as standard kero, burning oil, 28 second oil and C2 kero.

Is gas oil the same as diesel?

Yes it is. The only difference is that it has a red dye used in it, hence why gas oil is also known as red diesel. The reason this dye is added is so that the authorities can distinguish it from normal diesel – a measure that’s enforced to stop people from using it in their vehicles.

How much is heating oil per litre?

The price of heating oil can vary, but we’ll always try to ensure you get the best deal here at Heatingoil.co.uk. For more information on prices, simple fill in a quick form and we’ll get back to you with a price.

Is premium kerosene worth it?

Absolutely. Although it may cost a little more than standard kerosene, the additives in our premium kerosene help it to last longer and burn cleaner, making it better for the environment as well as your wallet.

What’s more, it’ll also help to protect your heating system against the build-up of sludge or carbon, which is handy if you’re looking to improve your system or reduce your repair bills.

Other help sections: Which Heating Oil?, Ordering Heating Oil, Delivery Help, Heating Oil Prices, Payment, Refunds & Cancellations, Oil Tank Safety

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