Bioheat® is a name for using biodiesel in pure form (B100) or in a blend with petroleum heating oil (B5, B20, B50) to be
used in oil furnaces for residential and commerical heating.
Oilheat in North Carolina isn't as predominate as it is up North, but there are still many customers in the Carolinas that use home
heating oil. Biodiesel as an oilheat source is a good way to reduce foreign oil dependence and realize other benefits at the same
Cleaner burning biodiesel -- made from renewable resources like soybeans and other natural fats and oils -- can be used to power
oil furnaces and boilers, helping to increase U.S. energy security and significantly lowering emissions. Primarily used as a
transportation fuel, biodiesel can also be blended with regular No. 2 heating oil or low sulfur heating oil. These blends of
biodiesel and heating oil have come to be called Bioheat®.
What is so great about Bioheat?
- Can be cheaper than home heating oil
- Burns cleaner than diesel
- Improved service life on equipment
- Safer to handle and environentally friendly
For most oil heated homes or commercial applications, your existing furnace and fuel tank equipment are probably satisfactory for
most Bioheat blends. If in doubt, start with a low blend such as B5 and work up.
Biodiesel in its pure form can be used as heating fuel however, compatibility will depend on the materials (metals, plastics,
and rubber parts) in your tanks, pumps and fuel lines. For blends higher than 20% Biodiesel only steel, mild steel,
stainless steel, aluminum, fluorinated polyethylene fluorinated polypropylene and fiberglass vessels are recommended. Use of tanks or
lines made of brass, bronze, and copper or lead, tin, and zinc (i.e. galvanized) may cause high sediment formation and filter
clogging and are not recommended. In some cases, oil furnaces will need to have the fuel pump replaced in order to handle the
slightly solvent characteristics of Biodiesel. With pure biodiesel, the most common problems are fuel line degredation or small
leaks in the fuel pump.
If you need to upgrade your furnace, the new Webster Bio Fuel Pump is now available. This Bio fuel pump is compatible with all Bio
blends of B100 - B5, (soybean or animal fat) This unit can easily replace your standard M34D or A2VA residential pump. Contact
your heating professional and request this model pump if you are considering using pure biodiesel or a high contentration of
biodiesel in your heating oil.
Specifications: M34DM-3 Bio Pump Spec Sheet
- 3450 RPM, CW rotation
- Right Hand Nozzle Port
- 3 GPH @ 3450 RPM
- 75-190 PSI range with internal cut-off
- All components are specifically designed for 100% compatibility with Biodiesel
You can also purchase it online at Patriot