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    Default 55 Gallon Drums of heating oil

    Good morning guys,
    Does anyone know of a place in Southern NH that will sell 55 gallon drums of oil or will allow you to bring a drum and they will fill it? Where my sugar shack is delivery isnt possible and I want to switch to an oil burner. I have my tank in place and the burner is arriving this week, not I need a source for oil.

    Thanks!
    -Scott
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    If nothing else you could get one of those larger fuel tanks for in the bed of your truck and fill that. The biggest issue will that you will be paying road tax on the fuel. While it has fewer BTU's check into getting kerosene, it will not gell and should be able to buy it without the fuel road tax.
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    Here in New Hampshire most places that sell on road fuel also sell Off road fuel ( no road tax) for farm equipment . I agree with maple flats, truck tank would be best as it sound like you will be doing this when ever you need fuel !
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    It may be different in NH but in NY if you pick up the fuel the vendor charges you the tax. Then you can claim a tax refund from the State. In NY unless the fuel is delivered to a location where it can be claimed off road fuel or other non road use the tax is collected.
    Can you get your truck to the sugarhouse? If yes, the fuel company can likely get there in summer or when the ground is frozen. Keep the roadway plowed to drive the frost down.
    Dave Klish about 400 taps, down from much more. Retired from collecting and boiling in 2021. Mostly because of a bad hip.
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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    I think that the guy who fuels my equipment at work has 150'? Hose on his truck, so that may be an option, also our fuel company here will fill Drums for you if you have them handy . It's one of those things that it all depends on the supplier, I have a guy fuel my equipment every other day at work, I use about 4-500 gallons, some oil companies don't want to do it because my equipment doesn't have a whistle like a oil tank in a home, but the other guys are happy to sell 4,000 gallons a month.
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    Here in Loudon we have a self service off road diesel pump at the Beanstalk on Rt 106. I know it's a drive from Merrimack but maybe there's something like that closer to you.
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    Thanks everyone, need to just get this figured out. I wont be deterred!!! lol
    2021 Twin Baby Boys, Close to 650 taps
    2020 Upgraded RO to 2 post and 7GBS Gould Pump. 265 taps
    2019 New Smoky Lake 2x6 raised flue, Simplicity Autodraw system, The Maple Guys Maple Jet Filter Press, a beautiful new bride to be my sugaring partner :-)
    2018 Deployed
    2017 Expanded Sugar Shack, new 2x6 with float box, NEXTgen Maple RO, 250+ taps (I hope for 300), still on sap sacks
    2016 New Sugar Shack, 2x6 evaporator, 160 taps, all on Sap Sacks
    2015 Deployed
    2014 110 taps
    2013 35 taps

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    I think I would just burn diesel fuel. A home furnace is hard pressed to use a gallon per day, so a few 5 gallon tanks of diesel picked up at the local gas station should be plenty for boiling for a decent while. Fuel prices are down now too.

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    Thanks, I got my oil company to come fill my tank. I was worried for nothing.
    2021 Twin Baby Boys, Close to 650 taps
    2020 Upgraded RO to 2 post and 7GBS Gould Pump. 265 taps
    2019 New Smoky Lake 2x6 raised flue, Simplicity Autodraw system, The Maple Guys Maple Jet Filter Press, a beautiful new bride to be my sugaring partner :-)
    2018 Deployed
    2017 Expanded Sugar Shack, new 2x6 with float box, NEXTgen Maple RO, 250+ taps (I hope for 300), still on sap sacks
    2016 New Sugar Shack, 2x6 evaporator, 160 taps, all on Sap Sacks
    2015 Deployed
    2014 110 taps
    2013 35 taps

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJFlores View Post
    I think I would just burn diesel fuel. A home furnace is hard pressed to use a gallon per day, so a few 5 gallon tanks of diesel picked up at the local gas station should be plenty for boiling for a decent while. Fuel prices are down now too.
    Home heating oil contains roughly 138kBTU per gallon of fuel. Your average home furnace is roughly 80-100kBTU per hour rated.

    The most common oil burner nozzle sizes are .75-1.25 gallons per hour flow rated.

    Most oil burning furnaces can burn around 1 gallon of fuel per hour of running time, on average a home furnace burns fuel for around 15 min an hour depending on how cold it is. That would average out to burning about 6-10 gallons a day meaning your average 250gallon fuel tank holds about a month of fuel. Oddly enough during the heating season most home owners get fuel once a month.

    In an evaporator operation where the burner runs the constantly you will burn thru 5 gallons of fuel in about 3-5 hours depending on the burner you use. Lugging 5 gallon cans will get old pretty quickly.
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