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Heating Oil

Heating oil is refined from crude oil

Heating oil is a petroleum product used by many Americans, especially in the Northeast, to heat their homes. At refineries, crude oil is processed into different fuels including gasoline, heating oil and diesel fuel, jet fuel/kerosene, and lubricating oil.

Heating oil and diesel fuel are closely related products called distillates. The main difference between the two fuels is that heating oil may contain a greater amount of sulfur than diesel fuel. This fact was generally the case in the past, but it is a distinction that is becoming less useful. All diesel fuel now sold in the United States must have a sulfur content of no more than 15 parts per million. 

Last Updated: 5/24/2016 9:41:41 AM

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