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Thread: Propane and heating oil shortage adds to winter woes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanty View Post
    You're dependent on oil companies, too.
    Well of course, aren't we all? Just less so for heat in particular than some others.

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    No way that stove window would stay that clean burning wood! lol (mine blackens up pretty quick with wood but stays clean with coal)
    A wet paper towel or (if that doesn't work) some ammonia cleans it up real naice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    A wet paper towel or (if that doesn't work) some ammonia cleans it up real naice.
    I use this but only burn a little wood at the beginning of the heating season, then coal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Well smaller heating oil companies can't because there are EPA and all kinds of regulations as to its storage and how much can be transported etc. As for the bigger depots, I don't know. Maybe @Shanty knows?
    I'm no expert in how the distribution of heating oil works, except to say that in spring and fall, refineries generally have shutdowns to change equipment over from refining for certain types of fuels and petroleum products, to others. In the refining industry in the Northeastern and Northern Midwest areas, the shorthand is summer blend, and winter blend gasoline, because of some changes in additives. It includes heating fuel made from spring to summer, until the fall shutdowns, and is shipped to storage tanks around the country by ship, rail, truck, etc. You can't keep many fuels in storage for too long because of oxidation ruining the fuels. And the oil industry spends money on projections on need for heating or other fuels, and sometimes those projections are off.

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    Apparently the propane shortage is a result of farmers using the propane reserves up earlier in the year due to an early cold season. Also 24 states have lifted the regulations on transporting propane and heating oil so it can get to consumers faster.

    Propane shortage sparks higher prices | FOX2now.com
    Hours of service rules waived in 24 states for propane haulers | Overdrive - Owner Operators Trucking Magazine

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