Embrace Bioheat

By Ron Kotrba | December 20, 2010
Thanksgiving came and went, bringing with it nearly a foot of snow, subzero temperatures and the short, dark, very windy days of winter in the upper Midwest. The onset of winter tends to offset people's moods, you can see it in their faces as they adjust to the harsh reality of living in a deep freezer for the next five months. The weather is really the only extreme thing the region has to offer-and it's offered in abundance. Forty degrees below zero is not uncommon, and it doesn't matter if I mean Fahrenheit or Celsius because it's so cold that those scales meet there.

It's almost exciting, waking up hours before sunrise after days of pounding wind have built mountain-like snow drifts before your very eyes, to blow these megalithic drifts away and restore order in the country-at least in the driveway. An hour later, maybe two or three, when you can't feel your legs or fingers anymore, when mustache and eyebrows have turned into blocks of ice, it's very comforting to go into the house, especially knowing it's warmed by biodiesel-blended heating oil.

I heat my house with an oilheat furnace and a wood stove. Wood takes a lot more work, and time, which I don't always have. But burning a biodiesel blend in my oil furnace takes no work at all, and I don't have to worry about its performance either since it gained my trust long ago. I've never been given a reason to doubt it. And I feel good because I know I'm supporting a great and fascinating industry every time the furnace kicks on, and that's often.

Wood is nice, it offers an adventure behind it, and it will keep you warm too. Wood heats you three times more than other forms of energy because it heats you when you cut it, then again when you split it, and finally when you burn it. But wood is just not convenient and seamless to the user like biodiesel-blended heating oil is.

This is our annual Bioheat issue, in which you will find a feature article, an editorial column and a story in the National Biodiesel Board's section that cover the latest developments and opportunities in the sector.
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