An Introduction to Fuel Oil

Know Your Fuel Options

heating oil supplier michigan When it comes to the fuels available for your mid-Michigan home or business, there are a few to choose from. Some of the most popular around the country are heating oil, kerosene, and propane.

You can count on Lansing Ice & Fuel to deliver propane and heating oil in all kinds of weather. For over a century, we’ve faithfully delivered the fuel to keep homes warm and businesses running. Our fifth-generation family-owned business has earned a reputation for fair pricing, quality products, and superior customer experience.

Let’s take a closer look at some of your fuel options and the advantages of each.

What Is Fuel Oil?

Fuel oil is most like kerosene. It has a lower energy density than heating oil. And it’s less stable than heating oil. However, fuel oil burns more cleanly than heating oil. Another advantage to fuel oil is that fuel tanks using fuel oil need less maintenance than those using heating oil. Fuel oil is also well-suited to homes with outdoor tanks because fuel oil won’t gel in cold temperatures.

What Is Heating Oil?

Heating oil is heavier than fuel oil and most akin to diesel fuel. It produces a bit more heat than fuel oil does, but it’s not a significant difference. Because it’s more stable than fuel oil, it’s a better option for homes with indoor fuel tanks. And because it can gel in cold temperatures, it’s not the ideal option for homes with exterior tanks in regions like ours that have cold winters.

Here are some of the benefits of using heating oil in your home:

  • Heating oil is safe. It’s so stable that it only becomes combustible when it’s been vaporized by an oil burner at temperatures above 140° Fahrenheit.
  • Heating oil is efficient. Heating oil burns up to 20% more efficiently than gas. And it’s 30% more efficient than electricity.

Heating Oil from Lansing Ice & Fuel is a safe and affordable way to keep your home or business comfortable and warm. And when it comes to your heating oil delivery, Lansing Ice & Fuel gives you a choice. You can take advantage of our auto-fill service or opt for our will-call service.

What Is Propane?

Propane is produced during natural gas processing and petroleum refining. It’s routinely compressed and stored as a liquid. You’ll often see it referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LPG, or LP. Propane is nontoxic and colorless. In the rare event of a spill, it poses no threat to the surrounding soil, water, or organisms.

Here are some of the benefits of using propane in your home:

  • Propane is extremely versatile. It can heat your home and also run a variety of appliances.
  • Many propane appliances like propane water heaters and clothes dryers work more efficiently than their electric counterparts.
  • Propane can keep your home running in the event of a power outage by fueling a generator.

Lansing Ice & Fuel provides safe, high-quality propane delivery and services at competitive prices.

Make Lansing Ice & Fuel Your Fuel Provider

Whether you need propane or heating oil for your mid-Michigan home or business, you can depend on Lansing Ice & Fuel. Our fleet of delivery and service vehicles is ready to make sure you always have the fuel you need. We know the area, and in addition to providing excellent customer service, quality products, and fair prices, we’re committed to safety.

Contact Lansing Ice & Fuel today to learn more or to schedule your next propane or heating oil delivery.