An oil fired commercial boiler works by burning oil to heat water. The hot water is then circulated through a system of pipes to heat your premises.

Here are the basic steps of how an oil fired boiler works:

  1. Oil is pumped from a storage tank to the boiler.
  2. The oil is ignited in the combustion chamber.
  3. The hot combustion gases heat the water in the boiler’s heat exchanger.
  4. The hot water is circulated through a system of pipes to heat your home or commercial space.
  5. The cooled water returns to the boiler and the process repeats.

Oil fired boilers can be either condensing or non-condensing. Condensing boilers are more efficient than non-condensing boilers because they recover heat from the combustion gases. This can increase the efficiency of a condensing boiler by up to 20%.

Oil fired boilers are a reliable and efficient way to heat your commercial space. However, they can be more expensive to operate than other types of boilers, such as natural gas boilers.

Running an oil boiler heating system

Here are the basic steps on how to operate a commercial oil boiler heating system:

  1. Check the oil level in the tank. The oil tank should be filled to at least 1/3 full. If the oil level is low, you will need to refill the tank.
  2. Turn on the boiler. There is typically a switch or button on the boiler that you need to turn on.
  3. Set the temperature. You can use the thermostat to set the desired temperature for your premises.
  4. Monitor the boiler. You should check the boiler periodically to make sure it is operating properly. You should also check the oil level regularly and refill the tank as needed.

Storage of the oil

  • Choose the right type of tank. There are two main types of oil tanks for oil boilers: above ground tanks and underground tanks. Above ground tanks are less expensive, but they are more visible and can be a fire hazard if not properly maintained. Underground tanks are more expensive, but they are safer and more secure.
  • Install the tank properly. The tank must be installed in accordance with local regulations. The tank must be level and the pipes must be properly insulated to prevent heat loss.
  • Inspect the tank regularly. The tank should be inspected regularly for leaks and corrosion. If you notice any problems, have the tank repaired or replaced immediately.
  • Keep the tank full. An empty tank is more likely to develop leaks. If you know you will be away from the premises for an extended period of time, have the tank filled before you leave.
  • Ventilate the area around the tank. The area around the tank must be well-ventilated to prevent fumes from accumulating.
  • Label the tank. The tank must be clearly labeled with the type of oil it contains and the date it was last filled.

By following these tips, you can store oil safely and prevent fires or other accidents.

Is it expensive to heat a building with oil?

Yes, it is expensive to heat a building with oil in the UK. The cost of heating oil has been steadily increasing in recent years, and it is currently more expensive than natural gas or electricity.

There are a few reasons why heating oil is so expensive in the UK. One reason is that the UK imports most of its oil, so it is subject to fluctuations in the global oil market. Another reason is that the UK government taxes oil heavily, in order to encourage people to switch to more sustainable energy sources.

If you are considering heating your premises with oil, it is important to factor in the high cost when making your decision. You may want to consider other heating options, such as natural gas or electricity, which are more affordable.

Is an oil heating system being phased out?

Yes, oil heating systems are being phased out in the UK. The UK government has set a target of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. Oil heating systems are a major source of emissions, so they are being phased out in order to meet this target.

The phasing out of oil heating systems is a major challenge, but it is essential if the UK is to achieve net zero emissions. There are a number of low-carbon heating options available, such as heat pumps, biomass boilers, and solar thermal systems. These options are becoming more affordable and efficient, and they are a viable alternative to oil heating.

If you are thinking about replacing your oil boiler, it is important to consider the low-carbon options available. You can get help and advice from your local council or an accredited installer.