Heating Oil Suppliers’ Products
The fuels listed below are available at some of the suppliers listed in our database. A rough rule of thumb to remember is the larger the supplier the more likely they are of carrying a full range of products. The common theme for this website, however, is types of heating oil.
Heating Oil (Kerosene C2, 28-second burning oil, or Burning Oil)
Kerosene C2 is the cheapest form of heating oil. No government duty is applied to it, and it is suitable for all domestic pressure jet heating oil boilers and for use in the majority of vaporised burners such as those made by AGA Rayburn.
Premium Burning Oil, also known as PBO or Blue Parrafin. PBO is a finer grade of Kerosene, mainly used if you have an Aga, as it helps to improve the performance of your boiler. You can also mix it in with Burning oil.
Paraffin (Premium Kerosene or Kerosene C1)
Paraffin is a cleaner form of Regular Kerosene. It is used where the exhaust emissions might not be vented outside. As the cleanest possible form of Kerosene, it is more costly to refine and is thus more expensive to supply. It helps stops carbon build on the jets in the boiler, stops sludge forming in the tank and will also get rid of any sludge in the tank already.
Gas Oil (Red Diesel)
This fuel is favoured by farmers, for use in their tractors and by commercial customers for generators and industrial heating. It carries government duty and thus is always more expensive per litre than kerosene. Gas Oil is also known as 35-second burning oil.
It is a Criminal Offence to use Gas Oil as a road fuel.
Diesel (White Diesel or Road Diesel)
This product is used to fuel cars, buses, trucks, earthmoving equipment, and lorries. Ultra-low-sulphur diesel (ULSD) is a term used to describe diesel fuel with substantially lowered sulfur content. As of 2006, almost all of the petroleum-based diesel fuel available in Europe and North America is of a ULSD type. ULSD has a lower energy content due to the heavy processing required to remove large amounts of sulfur from oil, leading to lower fuel economy. Using it requires more costly oil and is generally more expensive than unleaded gasoline.
Unleaded (95 and 98 RON)
This is a gasoline product designed for cars, petrol generators, lawnmowers etc and contains no lead to meet with existing environmental requirements. 95 RON is the standard for regular unleaded petrol and 98 RON is also available as a more expensive option. In the UK, ordinary regular unleaded petrol is 91 RON (not commonly available), premium unleaded petrol is always 95 RON, and super unleaded is usually 97-98 RON. However, both Shell and BP produce fuel at 102 RON for cars with high-performance engines.