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Can I use diesel for oil boiler?

Sister ran out of oil and cant get oil for couple days with this snow storm in nyc. can she use diesel in the mean time?


  • SuperTech
    SuperTech Member Posts: 2,188
    Yes. It's essentially the same thing as home heating oil. 
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,904
    @danitheplumber , I've done it. It's a bit more expensive because of the highway taxes, but it'll get her through the storm until they can fill her tank.

    Note that when a tank runs dry, a whole lot of sludge can get into the oil filter. It may be necessary to change the filter cartridge before the burner can be started.
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    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
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  • danitheplumber
    danitheplumber Member Posts: 85
    Luckily they sent a tech from the company she has a contract with and he filled it so they can make through next two days when the oil tank truck can come out...