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Old 06-05-2011, 12:27 PM
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Question Hypothetical Question: #2 Home Heating Oil

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  • This is hypothetical.
  • I am NOT looking for a legal argument. I know/understand the law.
  • Simply looking for any factual differences between diesel/#2 Oil.
So.... IF someone were to use #2 for fuel, or blended with fuel, would there be any negative consequences? I can see where a filter would be greatly desired, but beyond filtration, is there any reason why you couldn't use it?

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My father was an oil furnace tech and he suggested about every 500 gallons to dump 5 or so of diesel (or kerosene) into our oil tank. He said it helps keep the systems clean.
As long as it is clean I do not see why it would not work for a truck.
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My father was an oil furnace tech and he suggested about every 500 gallons to dump 5 or so of diesel (or kerosene) into our oil tank. He said it helps keep the systems clean.
As long as it is clean I do not see why it would not work for a truck.
I ordered #2 the other day, and appearently in the summer they only deliver once a week, and I b!tched at them b/c that was BS.

Anywho, they stated to me "Just add diesel or kerosene, it will work the same." I know it does, because I have done it....

I know the delivery truck drivers are running #2 in ALL their tanks, too...
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Running heating oil (i.e., untaxed fuel) in the fuel tank of a vehicle driven on a public highway will get you in deep doo doo with the authorities.

First of all, it has a red (or blue, in some states) tint or dye added at the distributor and it is EASILY detected by dipping a clear plastic tube into the tank and pulling it out. State troopers do this from time to time at roadside checkpoints in various states.

Second of all, it will mess up some of the newer computer-controlled engines or the ones that have a diesel particulate filter. An engine designed for ULSD is not going to take to well to the 'dirty stuff'.

The fine for using "untaxed" fuel is huge, since you would be violating two significant laws. The first one would pertain to the EPA and emissions. The untaxed fuels have higher sulfur content and don't burn as clean. There is also a tax evasion issue, since off-road fuel is not taxed. You can run it in a reefer unit, a generator, a bulldozer or in a marine (boat) engine, but NOT in the fuel tank of an on-highway vehicle.

Don't do it, sir!

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Sir I belive you neglected the second bullet by the OP

From my understanding they are basically the same thing, but I thienk it may be a higher sulfer.
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Running heating oil (i.e., untaxed fuel) in the fuel tank of a vehicle driven on a public highway will get you in deep doo doo with the authorities.

First of all, it has a red (or blue, in some states) tint or dye added at the distributor and it is EASILY detected by dipping a clear plastic tube into the tank and pulling it out. State troopers do this from time to time at roadside checkpoints in various states.

Second of all, it will mess up some of the newer computer-controlled engines or the ones that have a diesel particulate filter. An engine designed for ULSD is not going to take to well to the 'dirty stuff'.

The fine for using "untaxed" fuel is huge, since you would be violating two significant laws. The first one would pertain to the EPA and emissions. The untaxed fuels have higher sulfur content and don't burn as clean. There is also a tax evasion issue, since off-road fuel is not taxed. You can run it in a reefer unit, a generator, a bulldozer or in a marine (boat) engine, but NOT in the fuel tank of an on-highway vehicle.

Don't do it, sir!

Knew it was only a matter of time before someone ignored the very first post. Just a little surprised it happened so quickly
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Knew it was only a matter of time before someone ignored the very first post. Just a little surprised it happened so quickly
Lol, seriously!
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i know a dude that runs 50% burnt motor oil and 50% burnt transmission fluid... my guess is that they will run on anything except gasoline haha
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