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What Is the Temperature of a Propane Flame?

Propane heating equipment offers efficient home comfort.

propane Calvert County, MD Propane is a versatile, clean-burning fuel that can serve a range of crucial home functions. It heats rooms, warms up water, cooks food and dries laundry. Homeowners in Calvert County and across southern Maryland use propane to light up grills and firepits, keep pool water at the ideal temperature and power many other outdoor living products. At Q-Dog Quality Discount Oil & Gas, we’re happy to include propane among our delivered fuels. Our team knows this versatile product inside and out.

Have you ever wondered about the temperature of a propane flame and how it affects your daily life? Let’s dig into the heat that propane generates and why it’s a valuable tool for residential heating and beyond.

The Temperature of Propane’s Flame

When your propane combusts efficiently and produces a blue-colored flame, the temperature of the flame is 3,596° F. However, with a yellow or orange flame, the temperature will be closer to 1,832° F. Not only will this deprive you of roughly half the heat, but you’ll also be losing propane gas in the combustion process. If you’re seeing a yellow or orange flame in your propane burner, reach out to a technician for service.

A propane flame and a natural gas flame are roughly the same temperature, but that doesn’t mean that these fuels generate the same amount of heat.

Propane’s Power in Btu’s

One way we measure the power of a heat source is through British Thermal Units or Btu’s. A Btu is the amount of heat energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by 1° F.

Propane is known for its high heat energy content, averaging around 91,452 Btu’s per gallon , or roughly 3,208 Btu’s per cubic foot. This is significant when you compare it to other common energy sources. For instance, electric heating provides only 3,412 Btu’s per kilowatt-hour. Natural gas delivers approximately 1,036 Btu’s per cubic foot, less than half the heat content of a comparable volume of propane.

The Efficiency of Propane Equipment

Today’s home propane equipment harnesses this fuel’s superior heat energy with incredible efficiency. When it comes to keeping your home warm, this efficiency means that heat is delivered where and when it’s needed, regardless of the temperatures outdoors. Propane furnaces or boilers have fuel efficiency ratings that often exceed 90%, meaning they convert nearly all the energy from propane into heat for your home. Propane furnaces can consistently deliver air heated to 140° F.

This efficiency extends to heating water, too. When new and properly sized to your home, a traditional propane water heater can warm up water about twice as fast as an electric unit — and tankless propane water heaters are even more efficient. Additionally, propane dryers have shorter cycles than electric models.

Whatever gas-fired appliance you can think of, propane is an incredibly efficient energy source.

Trust Q-Dog for Your Propane Needs.

If you need premium propane gas for your home’s heating equipment, water heater or other appliances, you can count on the Q-Dog team for all your fuel delivery needs. We have excellent supplier relationships and can keep our propane prices consistently low. Plus, we have the most dependable propane delivery team in the region.

Are you interested in experiencing the Q-Dog difference? Order fuel today!

Does Heating Oil or Electric Heating Cost More?

Calculating the relative costs for oil heat and electric heat pumps.

heating oil St. Mary's County, MD In St. Mary’s County and elsewhere in our Southern Maryland service area, we supply premium heating oil to keep countless households warm all winter long. Homes in this part of the country have been using heating oil for over a century, and though much has changed in the last 100 years, heating oil’s robust heat generation hasn’t. One gallon of the fuel we deliver can generate 138,500 Btu (British thermal units). That provides a lot of comfort.

But how does it compare to an increasingly popular heating option today, the electric heat pump?

At Q-Dog Quality Discount Oil & Gas, we can provide some clarity on their comparable efficiency, effectiveness and affordability.

How are oil and electric home heating different?

Oil-fired heating and electric heat pumps work in fundamentally different ways.

Oil-fired furnaces and boilers generate heat through combustion. The burners in these systems turn your heating oil to vapor and superheat it so it ignites. The robust heat created in combustion is either circulated via a blower fan and ductwork (in a furnace system) or via hot water or steam (in the case of a boiler).
Today’s oil heating systems can have efficiency ratings in the 90% range.

Heat pumps do not generate heat. They transfer it between indoor and outdoor spaces. In the winter, this system draws in ambient warmth from outdoor air and transfers it into your home. This process is efficient in the fall and early winter, but heat pumps can struggle when temperatures are freezing for sustained periods.

Is heating oil or electricity more expensive?

Comparing heating oil’s price to electricity is not always simple because they are measured in different ways. Heating oil is priced by the gallon, while electricity is priced by the kilowatt hour (kWh).

When you compare the Btu generation of each energy source , you will see that you would need about 40.6 kWh of electricity to generate the same amount of heat energy as a gallon of heating oil.

Look at your electric bill and check the price per kilowatt-hour. Multiply that number by 40.6 and compare the resulting number to the current price per gallon of heating oil. This will give you a price comparison between the two energy sources.

(It’s also important to check if any delivery-related charges would go up with the increased electricity use of a heat pump.)

Q-Dog saves you money on heating oil delivery!

When you do business with the Q-Dog team, you can enjoy multiple options to lower your fuel costs. We offer several discounts to all heating oil delivery customers:

  • A 25-cent-per-gallon discount on your first Automatic Delivery fill.
  • A 5-cent-per-gallon discount on all subsequent Automatic Deliveries.
  • A 5-cent-per-gallon discount when you arrange auto charge with a credit card or EFT.

Plus, when you enroll in FREE Automatic Delivery, you enjoy the low-stress experience of having Q-Dog manage your fuel delivery schedule for you. You’ll never need to worry about running out of heating fuel.

Enjoy affordable and reliable heating oil service from Q-Dog. Become a customer today.

Propane for Retail Businesses

How groceries, big box stores and other retailers use propane gas.

commercial propane Charles County, MD You may know Q-Dog Quality Discount Oil & Gas as the dependable home fuel provider that keeps Southern Maryland families safe and warm in the winter and gas appliances powered all year round. But we also provide propane to countless businesses in our service region.

Our commercial propane clients include some of the retailers that you count on every day, including supermarkets, home stores, convenience stores, drinks retailers and more.

Here are some of the essential roles that propane plays in retail businesses.

Space and water heating

When temperatures plunge during the winter in Charles County, and throughout Southern Maryland, retailers need reliable heat to keep their employees and customers comfortable, their plumbing from freezing over and their sales items in good condition. Propane furnaces and boilers provide robust heat and boast efficiency ratings in the 90-percent range.

Propane also powers efficient water heating systems that generate warm water for utility sinks, employee washrooms and customer bathrooms.

Propane forklifts

Big box retailers and home and garden stores need reliable lifting and moving vehicles to transfer pallets across their huge spaces and onto high shelves. Propane forklifts provide some of the best performance available.

Propane forklifts can typically run for a full shift on one 33-pound propane cylinder. They maintain full power for that whole shift, too. There’s no fade as the propane runs low, so you can count on them to lift heavier loads and mount steeper inclines. Plus, these vehicles don’t need to sit for hours recharging like an electric forklift does. You can swap out propane cylinders in five minutes.

Importantly for many retailers, propane forklifts can run indoors and outdoors. Unlike electric forklifts, they can run outside in rainy conditions. Unlike gasoline and diesel forklifts, they can run indoors safely.

Power generation

Unfortunately, grid blackouts are a fact of life that’s becoming more frequent. When the power grid fails, retail businesses can face some significant issues. Groceries risk losing thousands of dollars’ worth of produce, meat, and frozen food. Garden stores can see young plants wilt. Electronics retailers may have computers and other expensive devices damaged from electrical surges.

Luckily, propane standby generators provide reliable backup power. Propane does not deteriorate in any meaningful way, even if it sits in a tank for months or years. So, the fuel for your propane generator will be ready to go whenever there’s a power outage. Standby generators switch on automatically and can keep the lights and other essential equipment running for an extended period — even if no one’s at your business.

Q-Dog — The Go-To Propane Delivery Company in Southern MD!

At Q-Dog, we proudly deliver premium propane to retailers and other commercial clients in Maryland. We offer FREE Automatic Delivery to customers, so you can be confident that you’ll receive fuel right when you need it. We also set up wireless propane tank monitors for customers to track their fuel levels wherever they are.

To arrange propane delivery service for your retail business, contact the Q-Dog team today.

Does Propane Go Bad in Cold Weather?

Don’t lose pressure in your home propane tank.

propane Calvert County, MD The nights have become outright glacial in Calvert County and across Maryland, and the afternoons are pretty frosty, too. Winter in the Mid-Atlantic brings its share of household maintenance issues. Heating oil can gel in outside tanks. Exterior pipes can freeze and even burst.

But what about propane? Does propane freeze, lose combustibility or otherwise “go bad” in colder weather? The team at Q-Dog Quality Discount Oil & Gas is happy to give you tips to get the most from your propane equipment this winter.

Will propane freeze in cold weather?

While propane does have a freezing point, it isn’t one we will reach in this part of the country — or anywhere on Earth!

Propane’s freezing point is -306.4°F. The lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth was −128.6 °F at a research station in Antarctica in 1983. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Maryland was -40° F in Oakland in 1912. That’s warmer than propane’s boiling point. So, you don’t need to worry about propane freezing in your outdoor tank.

Freezing weather can still affect propane tanks and equipment.

Even though your home’s propane won’t freeze on icy days, your tank, fuel lines and equipment can still be adversely affected by cold temperatures. Propane contracts when it’s cold, which means it will take up less space in your tank. This contraction can create a loss of tank pressure. If your propane tank’s pressure drops too far, it can prevent fuel from reaching the burners of your furnace, boiler, water heater and other gas-fired products. You could end up with a cold house and non-functional appliances.

How to prevent low propane pressure.

At Q-Dog, we strongly suggest that you keep your propane tank filled to at least 30% during the heating season. You can find your propane tank’s gauge under a dome hood on top of your tank. It has numbers telling you the percentage fill, not the number of gallons in your tank. If you find that your tank is at or below 30% on a winter day, please get in touch with our team right away.
Want to avoid having to contact Q-Dog altogether? Enroll in our free automatic delivery option. With this program, our team tracks your home’s propane usage based on your customer history and the current weather. Then, we schedule a propane delivery before you run low. This no-stress, no-fee option prevents unexpected run-outs and low-pressure issues.

There are other ways to reduce the likelihood of a propane tank pressure problem. If there has been snowfall in your area, be sure to clear away any snow from the top of your tank so sunlight can reach it. This will keep your tank warmer throughout the day. You can also turn down your thermostat whenever you’re asleep or the house is empty. This simple act reduces how often your heating system cycles, meaning you’ll use less fuel and save money throughout the winter.

If you’re interested in free automatic propane delivery, reach out to Q-Dog today.

Is Diesel Fuel Better Than Gasoline?

Pros and cons of two popular transportation fuels.

diesel fuel Anne Arundel county, md There have been a lot of changes in the automotive industry in recent decades. When you look at all the electric vehicles and “self-driving” cars coming to market, it can sometimes feel like we’re getting closer to the transportation sector envisioned in The Jetsons and Back to the Future 2.

It’s worth noting that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the two most popular transportation fuels in this country remain gasoline and diesel fuel. Combined, these fuels comprise roughly three-quarters of all energy used to power cars, service vans, buses, freight trucks and other road vehicles.

At Q-Dog Quality Discount Oil & Gas, we proudly provide on-road and off-road diesel fuel to businesses in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, southern Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties. With nearly 80 years of experience under our belts, we can advise whether diesel or gasoline suits your fleet better.

What’s the difference between gasoline and diesel?

Although gasoline and diesel are both derived from crude oil, they have very different properties. Diesel is denser than gasoline. If you spill a little gasoline, it will evaporate fairly quickly, unlike diesel. A gasoline engine has a spark plug. This produces a spark, which is all that gasoline needs to combust. Diesel engines compress fuel to make it combust. Without this intense compression, diesel fuel won’t ignite.

Pros and Cons of Diesel Fuel

There are many good reasons fleet managers still use diesel fuel quite a bit:

  1. Fuel efficiency: Diesel generates a lot more energy per gallon than gasoline. So, diesel motors can get up to 35% more miles per gallon, according to the DOE.
  2. Better torque: This makes diesel vehicles especially useful for hauling heavy loads.
  3. Less maintenance: Typically, diesel engines can go more miles between service than gasoline engines.
  4. Eco-friendliness: While petroleum diesel and gasoline meet the same emissions standards, the growing incorporation of biodiesel made from recycled and organic feedstocks is lowering fuel emissions.

There are also drawbacks to diesel:

  1. Price per gallon: Refinery costs, high demand and taxes all contribute to a higher per-gallon rate for diesel, but diesel’s better fuel economy offsets much of this.
  2. Driving experience: Diesel provides a lot of power, but gasoline engines offer a smoother ride.

Pros and Cons of Gasoline

Similarly, there are advantages to a gasoline engine:

  1. Availability and price point: Gasoline is available at virtually every service station and costs less per gallon than diesel fuel.
  2. Smoother drive: Gasoline engines may not have the same horsepower and torque as diesel engines, but they generally offer a quieter, smoother driving experience.

Here are some cons of gasoline:

  1. Reliability: Gasoline engines have more frequent maintenance requirements than diesel engines and are often more likely to break down.
  2. Fuel efficiency: Since gasoline generates less energy per gallon, you won’t be able to travel as many miles on a single tank.

Q-Dog Quality Discount Oil & Gas offers some of the best diesel fuel prices in the region. Reach out to us today to order diesel.

Your Maryland Heating Fuel Connection

Q-Dog Offers The Best Value For Propane And Heating Oil

fuel delivery St. Mary's county, md For nearly 80 years, the Q-Dog Quality Discount Oil & Gas team has provided heating fuel services to Maryland households. We’re proud of the loyalty we established with families in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Southern Anne Arundel and Southern Prince George’s counties, and we’ve found that a big part of why folks trust us is that we’re focused on getting them the fairest price for their heating oil and propane.

That’s why we encourage our customers to use us for their heating fuel and point them toward trustworthy companies to handle their equipment maintenance and repairs.

Why It Pays to Buy Fuel from Q-Dog

Early on, Q-Dog made a deliberate choice to focus exclusively on fuel delivery and distribution. We watched as competitors went out of business, and the remaining heating oil and propane businesses around us tried bumping up their rates to turn a quick profit.

We also noticed that companies maintaining a burner service department tended to pass on those costs to fuel delivery customers. In-house service departments are notorious money losers for these companies, so they must make up the shortfall by bumping up their per-gallon price. That means that even if you don’t use the company’s technicians, you’re still paying for them.

We made the conscious decision not to have a service department that would raise prices for all our fuel customers. It also means we can focus entirely on optimizing the propane and heating oil delivery we offer. Our attention is locked on keeping our fuel deliveries on track and ensuring you never run out of heating fuel.

Offering Additional Savings on Fuel

Not only do we keep our operations lean to lower operational costs and ensure the most affordable propane and heating oil, but we also make it easy for you to stack up discounts, including:

  • A 25-cent-per-gallon discount on your first Automatic Delivery fill
  • A 5-cent-per-gallon discount on all subsequent Automatic Deliveries
  • A 5-cent-per-gallon discount when you arrange auto charge with a credit card or EFT

With these year-round promotions, you can be confident you’re getting the best heating oil or propane price in our service area!

Need Equipment Service? Q-Dog Can Still Help!

Having your boiler or furnace serviced about once every year is still important. This ensures the best possible fuel efficiency to lower your annual energy costs. Routine maintenance also improves your home comfort and slows wear and tear on your heating system.

Our team can help you get top-quality equipment maintenance. Q-Dog has a list of recommended service providers in each area we serve. Based on customer feedback, we’re confident these equipment service vendors can handle your maintenance needs.

At Q-Dog, we are committed to providing the highest quality heating oil and propane so you enjoy maximum comfort throughout the winter and all year long.

If you want top-tier customer service and the most competitive fuel prices in Maryland, schedule a fuel delivery from Q-Dog today!

Is Your Heating Oil Supply Ready for The Winter?

Arrange a fall heating oil delivery today.

heating oil  Charles county, md Doesn’t it feel like things get busier the later in the year we get?

The fall months mean raking leaves, buying Halloween costumes and getting holiday plans in order. It can be easy to forget some pretty important tasks, including ensuring you have a full heating oil tank before winter arrives.

At Q-Dog Quality Discount Oil & Gas, we don’t want you to be surprised by an empty fuel tank on a freezing early winter night. That’s why we recommend you arrange your first heating oil delivery right now.

Order your heating oil before winter arrives.

It’s never a good decision to wait until the last minute. Anyone who ever had to buy a snow shovel right before a blizzard rolled in can attest to that.
Getting ahead of the rush with a fall heating oil delivery has a lot of advantages:

  1. Our delivery team will have more availability when temperatures are warmer.
  2. You won’t be risking an unexpected heating interruption.
  3. Heating oil prices tend to be better when demand is low.
  4. Heating oil’s shelf life is roughly 18 to 24 months, so your fuel will be good to go when you need it!

How much heating oil will you need this winter?

Many variables can affect how much fuel you’ll use during the heating season, including your home size, the age of the people living with you and the intensity of the weather we experience this winter in Maryland.

That said, we have found that the average 2,500-square-foot house goes through about five to eight gallons of heating oil each day during the colder months. If you have a 275-gallon tank, you could go through a full tank of heating oil in a month during the winter.

We all know that the weather can be unpredictable in Maryland. So, it’s not a good idea to put off your heating oil delivery and hope temperatures don’t drop unexpectedly. At Q-Dog, we recommend that customers contact us when their oil tank is about one-quarter full, which can help prevent surprising runouts.

Q-Dog makes heating oil delivery a breeze!

You can avoid all runout risks with Q-Dog. We offer free automatic delivery to all our customers in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, southern Anne Arundel and southern Prince George’s counties. Our state-of-the-art system will track your heating oil use and determine in advance when you’ll need a re-fill.
We also offer many ways to simplify your monthly heating budget and save you money.

  • When you enroll in automatic delivery, you get a discount on your fuel.
  • When you pay electronically via credit card or checking account, you get an ADDITIONAL discount on your heating oil.
  • You can take part in our FREE Budget Plan. We spread out your annual fuel costs over the course of the year. You’ll know exactly how much you’ll pay each month, and your winter expenses are slashed significantly.
  • You can pile on more per-gallon savings with our Customer Referral Reward Program.

Don’t put off your heating oil delivery a second longer. Order fuel from Q-Dog today.

How Long Does Propane Last?

What to expect from your propane, propane tank and gas-fired equipment.

propane expiration Calvert county, md Life has a lot of moving parts to keep track of. It can be mind-spinning, coordinating your family schedule for work, school, activities and errands. How often have you smacked your forehead, realizing that you’d let the grass grow too long, hadn’t done the kids’ laundry for the week, or hadn’t restocked the fridge?

Luckily, Q-Dog Quality Discount Oil & Gas is here to help you stay ahead of the game with your home’s propane delivery. We can answer all your questions if you heat your home with propane.

What is the shelf life of propane?

Look in your refrigerator. You’ll see that pretty much every food or beverage in there has some sort of expiration date. The same is true of the drugs in your medicine cabinet. And gasoline for your car or lawnmower only has a shelf life of three to six months.

What about propane? How long will it last before “going bad.”

The short answer is propane won’t go bad. Propane does not degrade, making it ideal for long-term storage. For example, even if your propane standby generator has gone unused for over a year, its fuel will be ready if the grid goes down tomorrow in your region!

How long does a propane tank last?

Today’s home propane tanks are built for safety and durability, using heavy materials and corrosion-proofing. So, a well-manufactured tank like the ones we offer at Q-Dog can last 30 years or longer with proper maintenance. Underground propane tanks have a slightly lower life expectancy: between 20 and 30 years, depending on the type of soil in your area.

How long will my fuel last before I need a propane delivery?

How long your home’s fuel supply lasts depends on how large your propane tank is and what propane-fired equipment you use. For example, a residential furnace generates 100,000 Btu of heat, and one gallon of propane equals about 92,000 Btu. Consequently, a furnace running at full power for one hour will use roughly one gallon of propane.

Propane products like water heaters, stoves, clothes dryers or gas fireplaces will increase this usage. Propane101.com did an analysis and estimated that, in a cold week, a standard propane-heated home would use between 92.4 gallons/week (at 25% capacity) and 277.2 gallons/week (at 75% capacity for 12 hours/day). If you have a 500-gallon propane tank, you might need to receive a delivery every two to four weeks in the coldest months of the year. (In warmer months, you can go much longer between deliveries.)

Q-Dog’s team can help you identify the right propane tank size to minimize how often you need to order fuel.

Q-Dog helps ensure you never run out of propane.

Running out of propane is a serious inconvenience. It can leave you stranded without heating or hot water, and we can’t refill your empty tank until a safety/leak check is performed. But families in Maryland’s Calvert, Charles, Prince Georges, and Anne Arundel counties can rest easy. Q-Dog has several ways to prevent runouts, including FREE Automatic Delivery and optional propane tank monitoring services.

Get in touch with the Q-Dog team to take advantage of these convenient propane services.

What Color Is Diesel Fuel?

Your diesel’s color tells you a lot about what it’s used for.

diesel supplier Prince George county, md Diesel is an indispensable fuel for a range of Maryland businesses. Vehicle fleets count on it to stay on the road. Farms need it to power generators and equipment. Construction needs diesel fuel for excavation and lifting, and plenty of manufacturing and distribution companies use it to fuel their forklifts.

These are just a few of the standard uses for diesel fuel, but did you know that it comes in multiple colors? As the most trusted fuel retailer in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Southern Anne Arundel and Southern Prince George’s counties, Q-Dog delivers both clear and red diesel to countless businesses — and we can tell you what color you need!

What do diesel colors mean?

The color of the diesel you purchase indicates whether it is for on-road or off-road use. On-road diesel is undyed, with a color that ranges from clear to yellowish. The diesel that comes out of a service station pump is typically clear. On the other hand, off-road diesel is dyed red.

What’s the difference between on-road and off-road diesel?

There really is no physical difference between the on-road and off-road diesel beyond the fact that the latter is dyed red. They are essentially the same distillate of crude oil. However, undyed road diesel is subject to taxes that make it more expensive than off-road diesel.

Off-road diesel is less pricy, but you cannot use it in a road vehicle like a bus or delivery truck. If you are found to have off-road diesel in the tank of a road vehicle, you will face significant fines.

How is diesel fuel different from heating oil or gasoline?

As you may know, diesel, heating oil and gasoline all come from crude oil, but they are different distillates and function in different ways.

Gasoline is a lighter distillate of crude oil, and it’s much more flammable than diesel. All that gasoline requires to combust in an engine is a spark. It’s also light enough that it will evaporate in the open air.

Diesel, on the other hand, is denser. This is one of the reasons it has a longer shelf life than gasoline (up to a year, compared to gasoline’s three to six months). Diesel is also less flammable in liquid form. A lit match dropped into a bucket of diesel would go out like it was dropped in water. To combust in an engine, diesel fuel must be compressed, making it extremely hot.

Traditional heating oil is virtually identical to off-road diesel. The burner in your home’s oil furnace or boiler must turn the oil into a fine mist to ignite it. Additionally, some of today’s home heating oil incorporates biodiesel made from organic and recycled feedstocks.

Q-Dog has premium heating oil and diesel.

Whether you need heating oil for your home or diesel for your business, Q-Dog can help. Our on-road and off-road fuels are ultra-low-sulfur. Plus, you can be confident that you’re receiving this top-quality fuel at a fair price with no hidden fees.

Don’t wait — place a fuel order today and see how low our prices are!

What’s That Sludge in My Heating Oil Tank?

Q-Dog can help you keep your oil tank, equipment and fuel safe.

oil sludge Anne Arundel county, md We talk to many customers about the best way to keep their home heating equipment running efficiently and with fewer breakdowns. One of the significant pitfalls homeowners with oilheat systems face is sludge build-up. We recommend you take the opportunity this summer to make sure your heating system is protected from sludge.

Sludge is a serious concern of oil-fired heating systems.

Oil tank sludge is made of dirt, debris, water, rust flakes, and microorganisms like mold and bacteria. It forms when moisture and leftover oil sit in your tank for a long time. The warmer months, when you aren’t using as much oil, are when your tank is especially vulnerable to sludge accumulation.

You’ll notice that the pickup line that connects your oil tank to your heating system is a few inches from the bottom of your tank. This is to prevent sludge from entering the fuel line, where it can cause clogs. If sludge reaches your furnace or boiler, it can reduce efficiency or cause a breakdown.

Unfortunately, sludge can be churned up when oil is added to your tank, making it more likely to enter your fuel lines.

Don’t leave your oil tank near-empty through the summer.

The most crucial thing you can do to prevent sludge formation is to keep a mostly-full tank over the warm months. If you finished the heating season with less than a quarter-full tank, it’s a good idea to get a heating oil delivery.

Empty space in a tank leads to condensation on the inner wall. This moisture will drift to the bottom of the tank, promoting sludge formation. If you fill your tank this summer, you can stymy the sludge and be ready for winter extra-early. And don’t worry — heating oil has a long shelf life (between 18 and 24 months).

Heating oil quality matters.

The better the quality of your heating fuel is, the less likely it will be to foster bacterial growth. As a Q-Dog customer, you can be confident that you’re receiving a premium product. This will go a long way toward keeping your oil tank secure.

Pay attention to the warning signs of oil tank failure.

Sludge can be an indicator of other issues with an aging oil tank. A tank can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, but it‘s a severe concern when one fails. Oil spills can be expensive and disruptive to remedy.
We suggest that you take a moment this summer to look over your tank for these warning signs of corrosion:

  1. Rust, warping or dents on the tank body.
  2. Wet spots on the tank.
  3. Oil on the floor around the tank.
  4. Pinhole oil leaks.

If your tank shows any of these warning signs, Q-Dog can refer you to a service company from our fully-vetted “Recommended Service Provider” list. These reliable companies can inspect your tank, make needed repairs and suggest a replacement model if necessary.

Q-Dog proudly serves households in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Southern Anne Arundel and Southern Prince George’s counties. If you need an off-season oil tank fill to prevent condensation, order your fuel from us today!