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Fuel oil is derived from petroleum distillation and comes in various liquid forms. There are six different classes of fuel oil, each with a different composition and boiling point for use in heating and power generation applications. The viscosity and volatility of fuel oil also vary, depending on the type and temperature of the material.
Types of fuel oil commonly used for commercial heating and power generation include:
  • Kerosene
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Jet fuel
  • Industrial heating oil
  • Liquefied petroleum gas

Positive Displacement Pumps for Fuel Oil Applications

Positive displacement rotary piston pumps are driven by an electric motor and use a rotating action to move and pressurize fluids. These pumps produce a gentle pumping action that allows the safe transfer of delicate and volatile substances and will not break down or damage the material like gear pumps.
Rotary Piston pumps for fuel oil are used to load, unload, transfer, and circulate fuel oil in a range of commercial and industrial applications, including:
  • Construction Sites
  • Farming & Agriculture
  • Oil and Mining Operations
  • Forestry & Logging

Selecting the Right Positive Displacement Pump for Fuel Oil

The viscosity of fuel oil is affected by temperature, so it is essential to have a pump that handles constant changes in viscosity. Our positive displacement fuel oil pumps handle viscosities ranging from 40 to 5,000,000 SSU, so you don’t have to worry about flow issues arising as the fluid viscosity changes.
Additional features and benefits of our positive displacement pumps for fuel oil include:
  • Exceptionally long operating life
  • Simple pumping operations leading to lower maintenance costs
  • Self-priming allows short-term dry running
  • Low shear pump operation provides gentle displacement
  • Adjustable pump flow operation for pumping application versatility
  • Liquid-tight internal parts for low noise operation

Recommended Materials for Fuel Oil Pumps

We recommend selecting an iron fitted (IF) positive displacement pump for fuel oil applications. Our iron fitted pumps feature an iron head, body, and shaft housing with bronze elements that contribute to the longevity of the pump and provide chemical compatibility with the oil being pumped.
View our Pump Material Selection Guide for more information or contact us to discuss which option best meets your fuel oil pumping requirements.

Learn More About Tri-Rotor Fuel Oil Pumps

Our rotary positive displacement pumps provide the versatility and reliability you need for pumping fuel oil and a variety of other materials with viscosities up to 5,000,000 SSU. Get a quick quote for the pump that meets your flow requirements or contact us to discuss your fuel oil pumping application.