How to Use Diesel As Home Heating Fuel


Diesel fuel, home heating oil, kerosene, jet fuel and many other kinds of petroleum-based fuels all have very similar properties. Some may be thinner, some may be thicker, and they are all manufactured for a specific purpose. One may be made to run an oil-burning furnace, one may be formulated to run jet engines, and another may be tailored to power the diesel engine in semi truck. However, for all intents and purposes, the burners in your furnace do not know or care which one of these types of fuel is different. So burning any of them for home heating fuel is possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Diesel fuel container
  • Fill a dedicated diesel fuel container, which will be the color yellow, with standard-grade automotive or semi-truck diesel fuel. The best place to find diesel is at a gas station that's near a highway.

  • Open up the filler cap on your home heating oil tank. The cap will be located outside of your house or home and it will be directly attached to a filler pipe that runs into your oil tank. There are two types of caps. One might need to be unscrewed in a counterclockwise direction, while the other type is spring-loaded and just needs to be flipped up to open.

  • Place the nozzle of the filled diesel container into the the filler pipe. Gently lift the container and begin pouring the diesel fuel into the tank. Remove the nozzle and close the cap when all the fuel has been poured from the container.

Tips & Warnings

  • Diesel fuel is considerably more expensive than home heating oil, making it a very impracticable way to heat your home except in an emergency situation.

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