Winter and Fuel Issues
It has come to our notice that a lot of people are unaware that there are different types of heating oil available.
There is a Standard and a Quality Plus, most are going for the cheaper option naturally, but here’s a few points to help you decide in the future which one is actually cheaper in the long run.
Why pay 2.5c more per litre more?
As an example Le Clerc/Bretagne Multi-Energies offer two types of fuel,
the fioul domestique standard and Fioul Qualy Plus.
Quality Plus has a pleasant oil smell, the standard has a sulphur odour due to it containing up to 0.10% (M/M)
Quality Plus has Antioxidents and dispersants and metal deactivators to prevent oxidation and aid the stability of the fuel oil for up to 12 months. The standard isn’t stabilised at all.
Quality Plus has Inhibitors to prevent corrosion & protects metal surfaces and improves the oxidation stability of fuel oil. The standard fuel doesn’t have these.
Quality Plus has Ferrocene which is an organometallic compound, it improves combustion, helps reduce emissions of soot and pollutants, which in turn decreases consumption and maintenance costs, improving your boilers efficiency and in actual fact the more expensive oil is the cheaper one to buy in the long run.
Ferrocene is used in all types of fuel including petrol to improve ignition by forming a conductive coating on a spark plugs surfaces, it will do the same for your boiler ignition electrodes. Generally your boiler will have better protection, ignite better, run smoother and cleaner on Quality Plus.
If your boiler has been running rough, pluming black smoke, breaking down or has a smell of sulphur (acrid smell), check which oil you’ve been buying, in this cold period the standard oil is only useable down to -4 degrees, where as the Quality Plus works well to -17 degrees centigrade.