Heating oil is one of the more popular forms of fuel for heating homes where other methods of heating are not readily available, such as properties located in rural or remote areas where there is no access to the National Gas Network. It is relatively inexpensive compared to other alternative fuel sources (such as LPG), and is normally delivered by road tanker directly in to a storage tank. Some tanks may be located underground, but most are normally in a secluded corner of the garden.
Three main varieties of heating oil are available:
The majority of oil-fired boilers are now designed to use Kerosene, because it tends to cost less and burns more efficiently than Gas Oil.
Many Kerosene boilers can also run on Premium Kerosene, a modified type of Kerosene that contains chemical additives, such as fuel-stabilisers and inhibitors, that help to break down deposits in the storage tank.
Gas Oil can be found in many applications, but is more commonly used for non-domestic purposes. It is sometimes called ‘35 second oil’, ‘cherry fuel’ or ‘tractor fuel’, but more commonly ‘Red Diesel’ because of the dye used to indicate the reduced tax duty compared to normal automotive Diesel,
Two basic types of heating oil are available - Kerosene and Gas Oil. Both have variants, so it is important to find out which kind of heating oil you need before you order, as using the wrong type could cause serious damage to your boiler. If you have recently had a new oil heating system installed, full details of the oil you can use will be provided in the boiler manufacturer’s documentation provided by your installer. If your property already has an oil-fired heating system, there are several easy ways to identify which oil you need:
Domestic Customers can order any quantity of oil for a reduced rate of 5% VAT. You may be asked to sign a statement confirming that you are a domestic customer.
Commercial Customers can order quanities of oil under 2,300 litres for a reduced VAT rate of 5%, but for any order over 2,300 litres they are subject to 20% VAT.