What Is The Best Month To Buy Heating Oil?

order heating oil Cape Cod, ma Cape Cod residents and business owners know that come winter, their heating oil is put to good use in order to stay warm through the cold and, sometimes, bitter season. We naturally associate heating oil with the winter. However, it turns out that winter is not the best time to buy heating oil.

When Should I Buy Heating Oil?

Even though heating oil is used throughout the winter, you should not wait until winter to purchase it. In fact, the best time to purchase heating oil is in the spring and summer. Here’s why:

Heating Oil Tank Maintenance

Keeping your heating oil tank full is incredibly important, but the maintenance doesn’t stop there. While the tanks last a long time, they don’t last forever and they do require servicing, especially if you notice any rust, weird smelling odors, dents, leaks, condensation or paint bubbles. But have no fear – Cape Cod Oil & Propane is equipped to handle nearly all heating oil tank repairs and we can also replace your heating oil tank if necessary.

Cape Cod Oil & Propane’s Heating Oil Services

Cape Coil Oil & Propane has been delivering heating oil to the Cape Cod community since 1974. Our team members pride themselves on being the most dependable heating oil delivery service in the area. Our services include:

If you are looking for reliable heating oil delivery and maintenance on the Cape look no further – contact Cape Cod Oil & Propane today!

What Is Red Diesel Used For?

farm diesel Eastham, maWhen it comes to supplying Cape Cod with commercial fuel services, Cape Cod Oil & Propane is a provider you can trust. What started in 1974 with one fuel delivery truck and one service van driving around Provincetown has since become a booming company used by businesses all over the Cape, from Harwich and Falmouth to Wellfleet and Eastham.

At Cape Cod Oil & Propane, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality diesel fuel to a wide variety of local commercial businesses including restaurants, service stations and orchards. We supply bulk orders of propane for forklifts, portable heating and power generators and deliver heating oil to restaurants, hotels and resorts.

If you are looking to keep either your on-road vehicles or off-road equipment running, Cape Cod Oil & Propane can deliver diesel fuel straight to you. This includes red off-road diesel.

Red Diesel Explained & Its Uses

You commonly find red diesel fuel used in machinery and off-road vehicles within the construction and farming industries. Tractors, harvesters and similar heavy farming equipment is fueled by red diesel. When it comes to construction, cranes, bobcats, generators, backhoes and bulldozers are fueled by red diesel. Red diesel is also used within the aviation, mining and traveling industries as well as for certain engines that are found at road shows, carnivals and county fairs when the machines powered by those engines aren’t traveling on public roads.

While the makeup of your standard automobile fuel and red diesel fuel does not differ, it is illegal to use red diesel fuel in your typical commercial vehicle. You could actually incur a fine for using red diesel in an on-road vehicle.

Red diesel is preferred for off-roading activities and equipment due to its high-sulfur content. It is also made with a red dye, which makes it stand out when compared to the fuel you use for on-road vehicles.

Cape Cod Oil & Propane And Red Diesel

In addition to supplying on-road diesel fuel to moving companies, freighters, school buses, shuttle bus companies, excavation companies and landscapers throughout Upper, Lower and Outer Cape, Cod Cape Cod Oil & Propane can also be your local go to for the off-road red diesel you need for your excavators, generators, landscaping tools and a slew of additional equipment. And our delivery drivers will deliver it straight to you and will save you the hassle of having to make any inconvenient pickups.

We are ready to partner with your business and to be your premium diesel supplier. As your partner, we can assure you that we will work tirelessly to be dependable, reliable and the best full-service fueling operation that Cape Cod has to offer. As a local family owned business with decades of experience, we understand the needs of the community and make it a point to respond to all inquires and emergency calls in a timely manner.

Contact us today to hear more about the services we offer and how we can help your Cape Cod business.

Preventing Oil Sludge in Your Tank

Deal with heating oil tank issues now — be ready for the winter ahead.

oil tank sludge Barnstable, ma It’s the time of the year when Cape Cod’s weather is “just right.” From Barnstable to Provincetown, families are reveling in perfect temperatures, sea breezes and blue skies. The last thing on your mind is the heating oil tank in your basement.

We don’t want to interrupt your good vibes, but there are precautions you need to take during summer regarding your heating oil storage. The Cape Cod Oil & Propane team works hard all year (especially in the summer) to prevent oil sludge from forming in tanks.

How does sludge form in a heating oil tank?

The sludge that forms in heating oil tanks is composed of dirt, rust and oxidized fuel. This mixture settles on the floor of your tank. The leading cause is condensation forming on the inner walls, which travels to the bottom and mixes with oxidized heating oil.

Should you be concerned about heating oil sludge?

Tank sludge can be a significant problem if it’s left to fester. Bacteria will thrive in this mix of water, grit and old fuel. If the sludge enters your fuel lines and heating equipment, it can cause damage and clogs. This will lower your heating system’s efficiency and might cause it to fail. Repairing sludge-related issues can get pricy.

Oil-powered systems are designed to prevent sludge damage. The pick-up line leading from your tank to your boiler or furnace is positioned a few inches above the bottom of the tank to avoid sludge infiltration. But an oil delivery can unsettle the sludge and send it down the line.

How can you stop the formation of heating oil sludge?

Luckily, preventing oil sludge formation is not tricky, and we can help you do it:

  1. Use high-quality heating oil. If you’re a Cape Cod Oil & Propane customer, you already have this covered. We deliver a premium product that’s great for your system.
  2. Get your heating oil system checked annually. Our technician can look at your tank and identify any lingering issues. Summer is an excellent time to arrange this maintenance since you don’t need your home’s heating equipment. Plus, our heating technicians have more availability.
  3. Don’t ignore your tank. This is especially true if your tank is over 20 years old. Get in touch with us immediately if you notice pinhole leaks, rust or condensation on the body of your tank.
  4. Keep your tank filled in the summer. Empty space in your tank during the warm season can lead to additional condensation, which leads to sludge and all the problems that come with it. Have us top off your tank in the summer. You’ll prevent sludging and be ready for the coming winter.

Cape Cod Oil & Propane is your go-to partner for heating oil delivery!

We’re the company for you if you’re looking for top-quality heating fuel, dependable delivery and fair prices. Our automatic delivery ensures that you’re never low on heating oil. This will keep your tank free of sludge and your heating system functioning at peak performance!

Let’s work together to keep your home comfortable. Become a customer today.

How To Change Your Grill’s Propane Tank

We can quickly and conveniently refill your propane cylinder today!

grill tank refill Provincetown, ma As is usually the case in late spring on Cape Cod, the weather is just about perfect. This begs the question: why aren’t you grilling out every night of the week?

If you haven’t opened up your freestanding propane grill since last year, an empty propane cylinder might be keeping you from enjoying a plethora of flame-grilled burgers, salmon fillets, tofu dogs and much, much more.

At Cape Cod Oil and Propane, our propane delivery team keeps many built-in grills and outdoor kitchen sizzling. And if your grill depends on a portable propane cylinder, we can help with that too. We provide propane cylinder refills at the following convenient locations:

We can also provide some valuable tips for swapping out your propane cylinders and knowing how much fuel is in your portable tank.

Three tricks to figure out how much propane you have left.

How do you determine how much propane is left in your cylinder if your barbecue doesn’t have a scale or meter? Here are three tricks:

Weigh your tank on a home scale. First, look at the neck of your cylinder and find two numbers listed there:

Weigh the cylinder, then deduct the TW. After that, divide the resulting number by the WC. That’s the current percentage fill of your grill’s tank.

Use hot water. Fill a bucket with hot water, then pour it over the side of your cylinder. Since propane absorbs heat, the cylinder metal will be cool where there’s fuel. This will give you a sense of the current fill line.

Buy an external tank gauge. You can find these on Amazon and at most hardware stores. They attach between the grill’s regulator and the cylinder valve. Depending on the product, you can get an analog or digital readout, information about remaining cooking time and connectivity with your smartphone!

Swapping out your propane cylinders.

Once you have a full propane cylinder ready to go, it’s time to attach it to your grill. First, confirm that the grill is fully turned off and the current cylinder’s valve is closed.

Here’s how you detach the old cylinder:

  1. Remove the grill’s pressure regulator by turning it to the left.
  2. If your grill has a restraining bolt for the cylinder, loosen it.
  3. Remove the cylinder from the storage compartment.

Here’s how you attach the new cylinder:

  1. Put the full cylinder into your grill’s storage compartment.
  2. If applicable, tighten the restraining bolt.
  3. Attach and tighten the pressure regulator to the cylinder valve.

You’re not done yet. It’s always a good idea to do a basic leak test after attaching a new cylinder.

  1. Spray the cylinder’s valve and the grill’s regulator and hose with soapy water.
  2. Open the valve. If you see bubbles, there might be a leak or loose connection.
  3. Close the valve, tighten all connections and open the valve again. If you still see bubbles, you might need to replace the hose or tank.

If you have an issue with your propane cylinder, grill or another outdoor living propane product, contact Cape Cod Oil & Propane. We’re here to help!

How Efficient is Propane?

Comparing propane to electricity, natural gas and other home fuels.

propane efficiency Harwich, ma Every week, we talk to homeowners from Provincetown to the South Shore who are curious about switching to propane from another energy source. Some are tired of losing all their systems and appliances during a grid outage. Others want a versatile fuel that can power more than just home heating.

Regardless of the reason for their interest in propane, people want all the facts before changing fuels. One of the topics they wish to discuss is propane’s efficiency, particularly compared to other common energy sources like electricity or natural gas. At Cape Cod Oil & Propane, we have plenty of experience installing propane appliances and providing the most dependable propane delivery in the area. We can give you a full breakdown of propane’s efficiency.

How does propane stack up on efficiency?

Propane is one of the most efficient home fuels. Here are a few key facts that illustrate this:

As you can see, propane offers unparalleled efficiency across a range of home comfort systems and appliances.

Cape Cod Oil & Propane — Delivering efficient home comfort since 1974!

Cape Cod Oil & Propane began with one delivery truck and one service van, but what set us apart was our commitment to our customers’ comfort and peace of mind. We pride ourselves on reliably delivering premium propane.

Beyond that, we also help homeowners across the Cape make the change to efficient clean-burning propane. We can identify the right propane tank for your home’s needs and even set you up with wireless tank monitoring. In fact, we can sometimes complete your home’s change to propane in only one day!

Are you interested in exploring the benefits of converting to propane? Get in touch with our team today to learn more about this fantastic, efficient fuel.

What Are My Propane Tank Size Options?

We’ll help you choose the right tank for your heating and appliances.

propane tanks cape cod, ma When you come on board with a new propane provider, one of the first things you generally do is arrange a new propane tank. It’s not always easy to know how large of a tank your home needs. Hopefully, your new propane company can offer some insight.

At Cape Cod Oil & Propane, we sell and rent many different propane tank sizes. We’ve helped families from the South Shore to Provincetown choose the best tank for their houses and can answer your propane storage questions.

What’s the difference between tank size and capacity?

You may notice that after you receive a propane delivery, your tank is only filled about 80 percent. This is a safety precaution that all propane personnel do — it’s called the “80 percent fill rule.”

Depending on outside temperatures, propane can expand 17 times more than water. We allow 20 percent empty space in propane tanks to allow for this change in volume. So, for example, a 120-gallon tank has a capacity of 96 gallons.

What are standard propane tank sizes?

Here’s a rundown of some of the propane tank sizes we typically install:

It’s worth considering that not all these sizes are available in both aboveground and underground models. The 60-gallon and 120-gallon tanks must be placed above ground.

How do you decide what tank size you need?

When the Cape Cod Oil & Propane team plans for a new tank installation, we consider the following variables:

Rent your propane tank with Cape Cod Oil & Propane!

When you rent a top-quality tank from us, we will install it and handle any maintenance issues for you. If your family grows, you build an addition to the house, or you install a new gas appliance, we can change your storage to a larger tank.

Ready to switch to Cape Cod Oil & Propane for unbeatable fuel delivery? Join our family of customers.

Answers to some of the most frequent home heating questions we get.

heating oil delivery cap cod, massachusetts Have you recently moved into an oil-heated home and aren’t sure how to plan for heating oil delivery?

We get it, and we can help. Since 1974, Cape Cod Oil & Propane has been delivering heating oil from Provincetown to Falmouth and plenty of other communities on the Cape. We can help you get ready for your fuel deliveries.

Here are five questions we commonly hear about heating oil deliveries.

1. When should my heating oil tank be filled?

If you’re a will-call customer, then you need to track your tank levels and call us when the fuel level in your heating oil tank reaches the one-quarter mark. If you let it drop lower, you’re risking a run-out, which is terrible news on a frosty night on the Cape.

If you want to avoid tracking fuel levels or calling for fuel, switch to automatic delivery.

2. What is automatic delivery?

Automatic delivery is the most popular heating oil delivery option that we offer. Cape Cod Oil & Propane’s team handles all the planning for you with this free service. Our state-of-the-art system keeps track of your heating oil levels based on past usage and the weather. Then we deliver fuel before you run low!

3. How should I prepare for my heating oil delivery?

During the winter, our drivers have a lot of deliveries to make. We always appreciate it when our valued customers make the following preparations:

If you take these simple steps, we can get you your fuel as quickly as possible and with little disruption to your day.

4. How much does heating oil cost?

Like gasoline, natural gas and electricity, the price of heating oil fluctuates with energy markets. At Cape Cod Oil & Propane, we are always open and transparent with our pricing, and we work hard to get you the most competitive rate.

We also offer our no-fee Monthly Budget Plan to stabilize your heating oil costs and significantly lower your winter bills. With this plan, you spread your oil costs over 12 even monthly installments. Generally, our budget plans begin in September and run through August.

5. Do I need to fill my oil tank before the summer?

Even though you don’t use nearly as much heating oil in the warmer months, it’s important not to let your tank sit almost empty. The reason is condensation. Empty space in your tank allows condensation to form inside, then settle on the bottom. This leads to bacteria and other microorganisms damaging your tank and clogging your fuel lines.

We recommend keeping your tank at least half full in the summer.

If you’re interested in the most dependable, friendly heating oil delivery in Cape Cod, become a customer today.

Welcome to Our New Website and Blog!

Cape Cod Oil & Propane has a new look and lots of new resources

new website

If you live on the Upper, Lower, or Outer Cape, there’s an excellent chance you’ve seen the Cape Cod Oil & Propane name or noticed one of our iconic Tasha Trucking delivery vehicles on the road. Since 1974, we’ve been supplying fuel, equipment services, and peace of mind to households and businesses from Provincetown and Eastham all the way to Harwich and beyond!
Now, we’re excited to present our new and improved company website!

What’s new on the Cape Cod Oil & Propane site?

We developed and designed this website with our customers in mind. Every choice we made was focused on helping you access the information and services you need.

Updates and additions to the site include:

We encourage you to bookmark our home page and check back regularly. We’ll be making regular site updates, including new blog posts.

We’d love to know what you think of the new website —feel free to contact us with any comments or questions.