What can you make from one Barrel of oil?

11:45 05.05.2024 •

Researchers broke down a typical barrel of domestic crude oil into what could be produced from it. The average domestic crude oil has a gravity of 32 degrees and weighs 7.21 pounds per gallon. Here’s what you can make from one barrel of oil.

  • Wax for 170 birthday candles or 27 crayons
  • Distillate fuel to drive a large truck (five miles per gallon) for almost 40 miles. If jet fuel fraction is included, that same truck can run nearly 50 miles
  • Asphalt to make about one gallon of tar for patching roofs or streets
  • Nearly 70 kilowatt-hours of electricity at a power plant generated by residual fuel
  • Liquefied gases, such as propane, to fill 12 small (14.1-ounce) cylinders for home, camping or workshop use
  • 135 four-inch rubber balls
  • 23 hula hoops
  • 195 one-cup measuring cups
  • 65 plastic dust pans
  • 39 polyester shirts
  • 11 plastic telephone housings
  • 65 plastic drinking cups
  • 750 pocket combs
  • 540 toothbrushes
  • Gasoline to drive a medium sized car (17 miles per gallon) for more than 280 miles
  • About four pounds of charcoal briquettes
  • Lubricants to make about one quart of motor oil


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