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Hi

We're reviewing our heating options... One option is to mainly heat the house with wood, and keep our old oil boiler as back up and for occasional use. It's a Worcester Danesmoor 20/25 and is probably around 20 years old. Do oil boilers only wear out from use? Or can there also be issues from lack of use?

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The boiler should really come on from time to time to at least stop things like pumps and bearings from sticking and seizing up.
The storage of kerosene is another consideration. The shelf life of kerosene varies from source but a few years if you're lucky. Additives are supposed to help prolong the shelf life but bacteria problems, condensation and sludge are a few things that can form if the kerosene is left unused.
What sort of time frame are you considering?
Is your solid fuel source going to supply all hot water and heating needs?
 

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