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Learn From Those Who Went Before!

Remember last month we talked about you becoming the ‘go-to” guy? That generated quite a bit on interest in my e-mail box with questions of how. Well it really is not that difficult, if you try. We talked about the articles that are available to you and how they can assist you. Hopefully, you went to one of the various ...

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Spring time, finally

As the heating season winds down, we find oil topping $115 per barrel. The impact on the price of refined product is obvious, and filling a customer’s tank can be a shocking experience. You can argue the higher costs for energy from other fuels, but the sticker shock from these prices really get the customer’s attention as opposed to the ...

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Stand Out from the Crowd!

Many times during your career you will or have come upon a situation where you will need to call for help. I am not talking about the need for physical assistance to complete a job, but rather the need for technical assistance. Who do you call? The owner of the company, large or small, wears many hats. He or she ...

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The Oil Nozzle

Many have simply looked at the nozzle as the fix to all service calls and the cheapest part in the oil burner. However, everyone should recognize that it is, in fact, the most important part of all heating units. Why? Well, before any heating unit gets an approval from its manufacture it must pass what is referred to as an ...

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Humidity, Often Forgotten

Many of you may remember, as I do, the pot of water being placed on the kerosene kitchen range as an effort to get some moisture into the house. Well, fortunately the kero stoves and the pans of water have disappeared ‘ I think ‘ unless the wood burners are doing it! The modern homes of today are built very ...

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The price of oil

The price of crude has breached $100 per bbl, with some change to spare ‘ about $10 worth of change, so far. Much of the buzz with this development is on the potential of $4 per gallon gasoline, but attention is being paid to the impact on home heating with the average gallon of fuel topping an astronomical $3.68. As ...

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Relief Valves: A Safety Issue?

It’s been a while since I looked at the system relief valve as something there just to annoy me. In the field, I was the one the boss always yelled at for replacing so many! But, for good reason. I don’t want to have one fail on me when you need it to work. I remember one time when I ...

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Another Sad Story

Some of you who are from the state of Rhode Island may remember the recent sad story of a family who died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a faulty gas heating system. This story drew so much attention that the governor of this state ordered a full scale investigation as to why this happened. I think for most of ...

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Feeling the Pressure from PRVs?

One thing that always surprises me in many conversations is the understanding or misunderstanding of the purpose of the pressure reducing valve (PRV) in the hydronic heating system. The PRV is designed to reduce the incoming water pressure’what we call ‘street pressure”‘to the operating pressure required for a particular application. The PRV is normally set to 15 PSI from the ...

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Economics, loopholes, opportunities and uncertainty

Fuel Oil News has provided a lot of coverage on the Enron loophole over at least the past year. When you look at the price of crude and refined product and follow some general parameters for what supply and demand should generate it becomes obvious that something is artificially adding to that price. The primary culprit being singled out today ...

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