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Bio-diesel for home heating

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Reg Booth

Jan 1, 1970
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Just a question from a newbie to the group. I see some discussion on
bio-diesel in the group and it causes me to think -Why cannot bio
diesel be used for home heating oil?
- Any thoughts from the group?
 
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Anthony Matonak

Jan 1, 1970
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Reg said:
Just a question from a newbie to the group. I see some discussion on
bio-diesel in the group and it causes me to think -Why cannot bio
diesel be used for home heating oil?
- Any thoughts from the group?

It can be used for home heating.

Anthony
 
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Richard P.

Jan 1, 1970
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Home Power Magazine #97 (October/November 2003) issue has a good article on
heating your home with bio-diesel.

in message
 
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Derek Broughton

Jan 1, 1970
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Biodiesel does not turn into solid lard.

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It's a good thing it doesn't too, because for homes in Nova Scotia insurance
companies won't let you put your oil tank indoors, due to their fear of
clean-up costs if it leaks. It doesn't make much sense to me, since
there's a hugely greater chance of a leak from a tank exposed to weather
and vandals, and the cleanup costs are still extreme, but that's insurance
companies for you.
 
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A. Nonymoose

Jan 1, 1970
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Just a question from a newbie to the group. I see some discussion on
bio-diesel in the group and it causes me to think -Why cannot bio
diesel be used for home heating oil?

It can be, and it is. You can run a 10%Bio + 90% Fuel oil mix without any
harm to your system (there is a company in Maine that's delivering that
now), and many claim you can do a 20/80 mixture safely.

Beyond that, you take a risk of a leak, as a certain seal (I don't know
which, I'm recalling this lecture where this guy had done it, and installed
systems for others). degrading.

You can replace the seal with a seal made of another material, the only 2
problems being that a) the new type of seal is hard to find (although
cheap), and b), having it installed is fairly expensive.

OTOH, the lecturer mentioned several clients that went 100% bio, with no
mods to their system, and after 5 years, still no problems. YMMV, and the
lecturer did NOT recommend this.

In short, bio can be used to replace #2 Fuel Oil.
 
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Richard P.

Jan 1, 1970
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Ok.. i'm stumped. I've seen many abbreviations but never "YMMV". What the
heck does that mean..? :)
 
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SteveF

Jan 1, 1970
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Your Mileage May Vary. As in, you might not get the same results I got.

Steve.
 
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Steve Spence

Jan 1, 1970
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Richard said:
Ok.. i'm stumped. I've seen many abbreviations but never "YMMV". What the
heck does that mean..? :)
your mileage may vary ......
 
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