Bioheat FAQs

If you are regular follower of this blog, you know that Devine Bros. first introduced bioheat to the Connecticut market back in 2004. If you are still unsure about what bioheat is, or the specifics of it, read through these FAQs.

What is bioheat?

“Bioheat” is a term used to describe a blend of pure biodiesel with any conventional home heating oil. Both the conventional oil and the biodiesel must meet their ASTM specifications before they can be blended.

Is Bioheat the same as biodiesel?

No, biodiesel is a clean-burning alternative fuel source which contains no petroleum – it is created from vegetable oils and animal fats. Bioheat, on the other hand, is a blend of biodiesel and conventional heating oil. Generally, bioheat contains anywhere from 2% to 20% biodiesel, with the rest being conventional heating oil.

Can I blend vegetable oil with heating oil to create bioheat?

No. While vegetable oils are used to create biodiesel, they must undergo a chemical reaction known as transesterification before they can be used. Unreacted or partially-reacted oils can increase hazardous emissions of formaldehyde and create cold flow concerns, and should not, under any circumstances, be used to make bioheat.

Is my heating system compatible with bioheat?

Yes. All known oil tanks, gaskets, seals, hoses, and o-rings are compatible with bioheat at blends of 20% or less. Using bioheat in your existing heating system will not require any modifications, nor will it void your manufacturer’s warranty. At blends higher than 20% biodiesel, alterations to your existing heating system may be necessary.

What benefits does bioheat offer?

Bioheat offers many benefits, both to the user and the environment. It is burns cleaner than conventional oil, resulting in lower emissions and better air quality for your home. It decreases our dependence on foreign oil, creating American jobs and strengthening our economy. Using it will also increase your heating system’s efficiency and extend its lifespan.

How can I get bioheat in my home?

Are you interested in finding out more about bioheat, or ordering it for your Norwalk, CT home this heating season? Click here to learn about our pricing options or give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

For almost 100 years, residents of Fairfield County have depended on Devine Bros. to keep comfortable all year round. From heating oil to air conditioning to generators and electricity, we do it all! Visit our website for more information.


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