Heating Oil Delivery Questions

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  1. GRob

    GRob Bobtail Member

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    So I'm a bit of an energy nerd, can anyone tell me what the tank capacity is of your average heating oil truck that makes deliveries to people's homes? I am in the Boston area. Also, how many miles would you say are driven per full tank and what is the truck's mileage (MPG)? Trying to get an idea of how much diesel is used to make fuel deliveries...
     
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  3. Cat sdp

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    6 wheeler hauls like 3000 gallons , 10 wheeler like 5000 gallons….

    100 gallon minimum delivery….. your mileage would depend on location.
     
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  4. Lazer

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    Do to the amount of idling to operate the pto, my guess would no better than 4-5 mpg on average. Being the Boston area, that truck may not actual travel more than 75 miles a day, if that.
     
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  5. Cat sdp

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    2 oil in the northeast is almost extinct .
     
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  6. Lazer

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    It sure does not have the market share it once had. Natural Gas utilities for the most part had an easy ride driving out their competition. Municipality’s allowed their streets to be torn up to lay gas lines, then the taxpayer was on the hook to repair the street years ahead of normal replacement time line due to all the patching left by the gas company.
    Municipal employee union contracts that allowed investing in those same utilities, that were mutual funds only available to public employees(now illegal). Government income tax rebates to convert from oil heat to natural gas, who paid for that?, the taxpayer thats who. In Yes, utilities have gotten an easy ride in this country.
     
  7. mrfitsaro

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    I did this job last winter in the state south of you. I think on an average winter day I would deliver about 3600 gallons and fuel the truck with about 18 gallons. Very gross approximations of course, population density will drive the ratio more than anything. Tank on the truck was 2800 gallon capacity but would only fill to 2500 to keep the truck under legal weight limit. As the weather gets warmer, might only deliver 2000 gallons and burn a bit more fuel since longer drives between customers. Truck mpgs probably about 8, never paid attention since I wasn't paying.
     
  8. Hazmatt

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    I drove an oil truck for 12 years on the south shore. 6 wheeler had a 2,700 gallon capacity. My company also delivered diesel to a few trucking companies at night. 125' of hose and on some of those set back houses you'd use all of it! #2 oil isn't completely dead. Some prefer it over gas - at least you can shop around for a price, with gas you get charged the going rate. It's a good job, but very seasonal. During a mild winter your OT can all but dry up.
     
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