Diesel fuel for home heat?

Mike of Grand Haven asked, “Where can I find diesel fuel without the road tax? It is toward the end of the season and my furnace fuel tank is low and my supplier will only sell me $750 minimum. I need to find a place to purchase some to tide us over.”
Mark Brooky
Apr 7, 2014


According to Karl French, owner of French Heating & Cooling, Tri City Oil in Ferrysburg or Jerry's Citgo on the corner of Beacon Boulevard and Washington Avenue in Grand Haven will sell diesel out of their pumps and remove the road tax for off-road use only. It must be hauled in the customer’s approved containers.

“Otherwise, Tri City Oil does deliver home heating oil with the red dye, but I do not know if they have a minimum delivery quantity,” French added.

By the way, French estimates about 20 percent of homes in Ottawa County are heated by fuel oil.

“Fuel oil and propane are probably the most expensive, with electric heat real close to them,” he said. “Most of the users of fuel oil and propane are in rural areas that are not served by natural gas. The alternatives are wood burning, pellet stoves or geothermal heat pump systems.”

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I had the same issue...I waited it out until I wound up under an eighth of a tank...I just bit the bullet and bought the minimum. I figured I would have an head start on next winter!


Someone said if you prepay for diesel and ask the attendant they can "remove" the road tax at the register but I've asked and Marathon and wesco said they had no idea how to do it so it's good to know where to go in our area. I have thought about gettng the fuel anyway but with ULSD going sour so fast I was leary of storing it all summer unless I bought my own additives.


BTW thanks to Karl French for the info, I'll be visiting the next time I need some diesel. Jerrie’s Citgo also offers premium gasoline without any methanol; this is great news for those who have suffered outdoor power equipment failure due to carburetor issues caused by alcohol or the water it naturally absorbs…this would affect uhm…lets see...carry the 2….divide by .005….EVERYONE who own any outdoor power equipment.


I had about 2/3 of a tank that sat last year and had no problems this past winter with the quality of the fuel. I too was leery of it, but it proved to be ok. Good luck!

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