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Posted by harry on August 5, 2009, 8:54 pm
 

"Benzine" is German for petrol.  Gasolino in Spanish.  Essence in
French.
Gas in USA.
Petrol is short for petroleum spirit. ie distilled, fossilised oil.
Which sounds perfectly logical to me and causes no confusion.
I expect Goethe would have known this.

Posted by William Wixon on August 5, 2009, 10:03 pm
 

On Aug 4, 10:05 pm

"Benzine" is German for petrol.  Gasolino in Spanish.  Essence in
French.
Gas in USA.
Petrol is short for petroleum spirit. ie distilled, fossilised oil.
Which sounds perfectly logical to me and causes no confusion.
I expect Goethe would have known this.



just curious, do the spanish use a shortened version of gasolino?  do the
germans use slang for benzine?  how about the french?  i mean, u.s., gas =
gasoline, uk, petrol = petroleum, do others use shortened versions of the
word for convenience?  how do russians say gasoline and do they have a short
version too?

b.w.



Posted by daestrom on July 21, 2009, 9:14 pm
 Bruce in alaska wrote:

ISTR this is even true with pipelines.  When company 'A' puts several
thousands of barrels of #1 'into' the pipeline company's head end, the
pipeline company will deliver the same number of barrels out the end
point without actually trying to calculate transport time or any such.
The fuel that goes into company A's tank could have just as easily been
put in by another company shipping the same product.

As it is a totally fungible commodity, the pipeline company just logs
how many barrels in one end and that many barrels belong to company 'A'
at the other end.

But as far as #1, truck fuel, and aviation, is it still all the same now
that road diesel has to be that special (more expensive) ultra-low
sulfur stuff?  Or is home heating oil (#1) and aviation jet fuel also
ultra-low sulfur now?

daestrom

Posted by Richard W. on July 22, 2009, 3:56 pm
 

My mother ran out of heating oil and asked if I could bring her some. I
didn't have a barrel, but the oil distributor said he had an empty I could
borrow. When I got there he was filling it with #2 pump diesel. The same
stuff you would put in your diesel pickup or tractor. He said it was the
same stuff and my mother's furnace ran just fine.


Richard W.



Posted by harry on July 22, 2009, 6:27 pm
 
Thre are two sorts of heating oil. 25 sec and 35sec.   (That's how we
measure the viscosity in the UK.)   25sec (kerosine) is for
vapourising burners. [Basically a big wick]
35 sec (= to diesel) for pressure jet burners.
25 sec can be burnt in a petrol engine.  However the engine needs to
be hot before it will run.  In days of yore some agricultural tractors
ran on this (known as Tractor Vapourising Oil).  They had two tanks,
you started the tractor on petrol & then switch over to the kerosine /
TVO  Smelly exhaust.

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