The Difference of Home Heating Fuel and Off-Road Diesel Fuel

by Jamie Smith
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Machines use varying forms of fuel with different ingredients based on the engine's functionality needs. Off-road diesel fuel is usually used for farm equipment. Home-heating fuel is usually purchased for furnaces or large generators. The fuel types are similar.

Off-Road Diesel Fuel

Off-road diesel fuel is used for farm equipment and other non-transportation diesel vehicles. It has fewer taxes placed on it so off-road diesel has a red dye added to differentiate between that and other diesel fuels.

Home-Heating Fuel

There are several types of fuel that fall under the home-heating fuel category but generally, that term refers to home-heating, fuel oil No. 2. Home-heating fuel is used to heat homes either with a furnace or generator. Home-heating fuel is subject to taxes off-road diesel fuel is not subjected to because they are used differently.


Take care regarding the fuel used in off-road vehicles or your home. Each type of machine, especially when it comes to home-heating equipment, may have different requirements compared to other machines. Some kinds of home-heating fuel and off-road diesel fuel are interchangeable; others are not.

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