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#1 of 7 Old 11-17-2007, 04:55 PM - Thread Starter
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We have a oil heating system that we were going to possibly try biodiesel however the only supplier in our area is having 'gelling' issues, so now we've turned down the thermostat to 68*F and hoping to find enough firewood soon. We do have a wood burning stove attached to our fireplace, but wood too is expensive.

has anyone had experience using biodiesel in an oil heater?

what other methods of heating could you suggest or do you use?

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As I understand it, if you have money to invest (or can get a grant) then go for insulation first.

I´m sorry if that doesn´t really answer your question but that was the first thing that sprang to mind when I read your post.
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Wood is not a viable option for us either. We hope to become energy independent, so our plan involves switching to geothermal heat, it runs on electricity but uses less than a regular electric furnace would. Because we hope to have a wind trubine in a couple of years, this makes a lot of sense for us.
My best advice is to think about your long term goals and plans and consider what fits best. I have heard of people brewing thier own biodiesel to use in thier oil heating system, but I don't know much about oil heat.
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i would recommend insulation too - however you heat your home, this will help with saving a lot of the energy/resources needed to do so, and will keep it warmer, longer!
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Start with the basics. Look at insulation and windows & doors.

I have never heard of biodiesel being used in a house. I am sure you could find more info on the biodiesel sites.
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Our neighbor has an outdoor wood-burning furnace. It works well for them, they often burn pallets, in additon to typical cord wood.

But I'd also suggest turning down your thermostat to save on fuel. We have our heat set at 64 during the day and 55 at night, and I've been thinking of turning it down a little further. It's not a big deal, I just get in the habit of wearing long underwear and sweatshirts....

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