Biodiesel in the News

Bioheat is a safe and reliable fuel source when used correctly

In the middle of the Winter, news broke about customers of a local oil dealer having issues with their heating system, tank, and ultimately the type of oil they were being delivered. In recent years the state of Massachusetts has required all home heating oil be blended with a mixture of Biodiesel and standard home heating oil. Biodiesel usually is made up of recycled oils, in many cases used vegetable oil, when mixed with standard heating oil it is referred to as Bioheat. Bioheat is designed to be more environmentally friendly, energy-efficient, and overall reduce our reliance on foreign fuels.

The news report focused on the blend that this local company was using or what was found in the tanks. Blends of Bioheat should not exceed 80% standard heating oil and 20% biodiesel, this combination is referred to as B20. What was found in several homes was a blend of in some cases B60 or higher. While heating systems can handle a B20 or lower blend, right now the technology has not caught up to handle blends higher than that.

But when blended at the proper levels Bioheat should not ever hurt your heating system. It should, in fact, help to keep things cleaner and run more efficiently. In the case of new tanks, it should help to reduce the amount of sludge that accumulates naturally at the bottom of the tank.