Types of Heating Oil

Written on: July 24, 2023

Fuel Oil vs. Heating Oil: What’s the Difference?

heating oil New Castle, de What do you call the fuel that we deliver to your home and pump into your tank? Heating oil? Fuel oil? Maybe you just call it oil. Have you ever described it as Bioheat® fuel?

First, a lot of people tend to interchange heating oil with fuel oil when describing their home heating fuel. That’s perfectly OK, but be aware that the term fuel oil is not limited to home heating oil. Fuel oil is a broader term because it refers to any petroleum product that can power a home heating system or an engine. For instance, diesel fuel is a good example of a fuel oil.

Both fuel oil and hone heating oil are sourced from crude oil during the refining process, which separates crude oil into different “fractions” while removing impurities. The lighter fractions of crude oil eventually become propane, butane, and petrochemicals.

Slightly heavier fractions are used to produce gasoline, kerosene, jet fuel, diesel fuel, and No. 2 home heating oil. But that’s not all. There are also heavier fractions refined from crude oil that are transformed into No. 4 or No. 6 heating oils. These heavier grades of heating oil are commonly used to fuel the large heating systems found in commercial and industrial buildings, schools and hospitals.

Three Common Fuel Oil Products

Lawman’s Delivers B20 Bioheat Plus® Fuel

Lawman’s Oil has delivered heating oil blended with renewable biofuel for a few years now. The B20 part of our B20 Bioheat Plus fuel stands for what percentage of the fuel is made with biofuels. That means that our Bioheat fuel is made with 20% biofuels. This high level of biofuel is why B20 Bioheat Plus fuel burns extremely clean—generating less greenhouse gas emissions than a natural gas system.
The most refined grade of heating oil available, Bioheat fuel is one of the cleanest burning heating sources for your home. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions significantly and no changes to your existing heating oil system are necessary.

What Carbon Neutral Means

The biodiesel blend in Bioheat fuel is composed of various organic products, including vegetable oils, animal fats and even algae.

Biodiesel is considered a biogenic fuel that eliminates carbon output. By contrast, when traditional fossil fuels that do not contain biodiesel are burned, they take carbon that was once stored in the soil and put 100% of that carbon into the atmosphere.

The combustion of biofuels and other biogenic energy sources recycles carbon-dioxide emissions through renewable plant materials and other biomass feedstocks. That’s why you’ll keep hearing a lot about net-zero carbon emissions and carbon neutral fuels in the years ahead.

Find out more about our commitment to providing reliable heating oil delivery with clean-burning Bioheat fuel. Then learn more about why Bioheat fuel is a low-carbon, renewable, energy-efficient and safe home heating fuel.