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THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Charles-Bursey

Wow, who would ever believe in 2016 that we would see oil and propane prices drop to the prices that we are experiencing? The last time I checked oil was at $26 per barrel; which I’m told was last seen about nine years ago. And with oil… on Jan. 20, 2016, I paid $1.67 per gallon and a year ago ...

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The Care and Use of Combustion Test Equipment

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George Lanthier This article has been printed a few times and its always been a very popular piece and answers some questions that constantly come up when doing combustion testing on oil, gas and LP. This material was originally published in The Councilor of the Better Home Heat Council of Massachusetts in 1979 and then in Fueloil & Oil Heat, ...

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Service/Sales Technician

Charles-Bursey

By Charles Bursey Sr. Many of you will probably wonder what this article will be about, because the title really references two separate skills—or so I’m told. I’ve been told many times during my career that sales and service are two totally different positions. However, I will always remember being told by my mentor, Al, that a customer will always ...

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The Oil Glut Continues

Keith-Reid1

It is time once again for our midseason fuel pricing report. We do two price reports each year, one right before heating season and one around this time when a number of hedging decisions are being made. I’ll reiterate the disclaimer that these pricing reports are simply for educational purposes and the fundamentals discussed can change radically between the time ...

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End-User Carbon Capture

shane sweet june 2015 at Ray Murray show

by Shane Sweet “Carbon” is a word we hear plenty.  Back in the day when I first got into the industry, carbon dioxide as a contributing factor to climate change was a topic reserved for the scientific community.  In fact, the term global warming was not even used until the mid 1970s, or so I’ve read.  At the time, street-level ...

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The Oookies!

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By George Lanthier* This is from our book, Advanced Residential Oilburners, Figure 1, and addresses a problem that it seems the oil service business will have to learn to live with, like it or not, the oookies. Will they ever end? This article is about the oookies, a subject that has grown near and dear to those you make their ...

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A Zero Emission Future?

Keith-Reid1

The Paris climate talks—Conference of the Parties 21– recently concluded to considerable fanfare. The nearly 200 nations in attendance agreed to work to meet significant CO2 reduction goals. However, the true ramifications of talks are not quite so straightforward. In order to get this agreement there are virtually no mandatory requirements or enforcement mechanisms. The countries are essentially on the ...

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Numbers

shane sweet june 2015 at Ray Murray show

  It’s all about the numbers.  As we went to press in mid-December, the National Propane Gas Association had just announced positive news regarding the Omnibus/Tax Extenders Bill, and the numbers are good. NPGA’s Matt Bisenius, director of legislative affairs and Phil Squair, Sr. VP, public and governmental affairs, reported the Omnibus/Tax Extenders Bill will provide “Major Benefits for the ...

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Some Thoughts into 2016

Charles-Bursey

Over the past few weeks, I have talked to several contractors who sell oil, LP gas, pellets and heating equipment. During these conversations, they all seem to all have a standard question for me–when are we going to get the cold weather?  As I have stated many times, my crystal ball broke a long time ago. However, I do however ...

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Ignition Systems – One More Time?

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by George Lanthier* This is a second update on the fifth article I ever wrote back in January of 1992 and updated again in 2000. We missed a 10-year update in 2010, so here goes. One of the things that all of us have heard is that they don’t build ignition transformers like they used too. In the past it ...

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