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What is Bioheat?
Bourne's BioHeat is a heating oil that burns and costs the same as fossil fuel oil, but is much cleaner. BioHeat cannot be made without BioDiesel. BioDiesel is made locally from recycled restaurant oils (food then fuel) and blended with traditional fossil fuel heating oil making BioHeat.
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Q & A
What is Bioheat?
An exciting new fuel that blends standard heating oil with renewable biodiesel. The result is a safe, exceptionally clean and environmentally friendly fuel.
Why is Bioheat Better?
Bioheat® has the renewable componet of biodiesel. Biodiesel heats cleanly, reliably and efficiently.
Where does Bioheat® come from?
Bioheat® comes from our usual reliable supply of heating oil and from biodiesel, which is made from agricultural byproducts, co-products and recycled cooking oil from right here in the USA. Biodiesel is manufactured in approximately 150 production plants capable of producing 2.5 billion gallons of biodiesel each year - all here in America.
How much "bio" is in bioheat?
Bioheat® can be blended at many ratios. A mix of 15% biodiesel with 85% heating oil is B15. A mix of 20% biodiesel with 80% heating oil is referred to as B20, and so on. Bourne's is currently blending B10.
Can Bioheat be used in an existing heating system?
Yes, one of the great benefits of Bioheat® is that it can be used in any oil heating system without modification. The homeowner continues to enjoy the same seamless, reliable heating that they have come to expect while helping to assure environmental responsibility and energy security.
Is Bioheat as efficient as heating oil?
Yes, Bioheat® is a comparable fuel to heating oil and will produce the same results in your furnace.
What if I don't want Bioheat?
As your fuel supplier, we have decided to supply all our customers with Bioheat®. We are confident the quality and performance of the fuel will be to your liking and, in fact, you will not see a difference in the day-to-day operation of your heating system. The benefits of Bioheat® - clean, reliable, domestic with a renewable component, are here to stay.
Is biodiesel imported like oil?
With more than close to 150 biodiesel production plants in the U.S. having the capacity to produce 2.5 billion gallons of biodiesel each year, the domestic supply of biodiesel is assured. The agricultural byproducts and co-products (plant oils, animal fats and other oils) used in making biodiesel come from farms right here in America. However, if a secondary source is required, we can rely upon biodiesel supplied from friendly nations.
Are there quality standards for Bioheat?
Yes, both standard heating oil and biodiesel have established quality and performance standards as set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). The blended Bioheat is accepted by the ASTM as being a comparable fuel with heating oil. Additionally, every oilburner sold in the U.S. is listed to run on Bioheat®. The biodiesel industry also has its own quality program called BQ-9000. This program covers storage, sampling, testing, blending, shipping, distribution, and fuel management practices.
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Myths & Facts
Myth: Bioheat is not a viable fuel for the future.
FACT:Bioheat has been thoroughly tested. It has been deemed a comparable fuel to heating oil by ASTM. It has been endorsed by the OilHeat Manufacturers Association and the National Oiheat Research Alliance (NORA). Bioheat is already in thousands of home providing clean,reliable heat. Beacause of its renewable component, bioheat stands apart from other fuels when it comes to environmental stewardship, energy security and consumer confidence. Bioheat is here to stay.
MYTH:Bioheat may adversely affect heating oil equipment.
FACT:Major equipment manufacturers have been very active in the ASTM process to approve Bioheat blends up to 5% in ASTM D396 and fully support 5% biodiesel in their equipment. Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) , through funding provided by the National Biodiesel Board and NORA, has conducted an evaluation of B5 and has formally announced that equipment intended to use Bioheat up to 5% is compliant with applicable ASTM fuel standards. The Oilheat Manufacturers Association has endorsed the use of Bioheat.
MYTH:Bioheat doesn't work in cold weather.
FACT:The ASTM specifications have been set so that Bioheat made with up to 5% biodiesel can be handled just as you would handle conventional heating oil. Since Bioheat is a blend of biodiesel and heating oil, and the finished blends up to 5% biodiesel meet the same specs as heating oil, the same management practices used for traditional heating oil should be employed with Bioheat. In most cases, this is all handled by the fuel dealer and, using these traditional management practices, high quality Bioheat has been used successfully in the coldest climates. If you need more information regarding the best practices for addressing cold weather with Bioheat, the National Biodiesel Board has set up the Biodiesel Education Network (BEN) and a feature called "Ask BEN'. You can get quick answers to your questions at the Ask BEN web site. Ask Ben.
MYTH: Bioheat does not perform as well as conventional heating oil.
FACT:One of the major advatages of Bioheat is that D396 fuels, containing up to 5% biodiesel, can be used in home heating oil equipment in exactly the same way as standard heating oil. No modifications are needed to the equipment. Performance attributes, such as lubricity and global climate change, are actually improved.
MYTH:Bioheat does not have sufficient shelf life.
FACT:The ASTM specification for B100 biodiesel used in Bioheat has a stringent stability parameter as defined by ASTM D6751. This is more stringent than heating oil which has no specification for stability or storage life. The ASTM D6751 specification was set to ensure a biodiesel blend shelf life of a minimum of six months. Most testing indicates blends made with ASTM D6751 biodiesel stay within specification for 12 months or longer in storage. You should treat Bioheat blends like conventional home heating oil to protect the finished blend from fuel degradation associated with time and temperature.