Oilheat has a very robust history ... with its origins beginning with the Mesopotamians. Below you'll find a timeline of the history of oil, and how it has become such an important product in our lives today.
3,000 BC: Mesopotamians used petroleum for ship caulks, medicines and roads.
4th Century: Earliest oil wells were drilled in China.
17th Century: Native Americans used crude oil for medicinal purposes, and also dug underground to reach fuel deposits.
1840s: Canadian geologist Abraham Gesner discovered kerosene could be distilled from coal or oil and used to light lamps.
1859: Edwin Drake drilled a well near Titusville, Pennsylvania. (see photo)
1865: The first successful oil pipeline was constructed, connecting Pithole, Pennsylvania to Miller Farm on Oil Creek about five miles away.
1901: First "gusher" strike in America, at the Spindletop field in eastern Texas.
1920s: Oil burner is invented — enabling people to be kept warm and cozy with Oilheat.
In the 21st century, Oilheat is an efficient, dependable, comfortable way to heat a home. Oilheat equipment continues to become more efficient, quieter and safer. Also, Oilheat dealers provide full-service capabilities that add value to Oilheat as a home heating fuel.