Disappearing fuel oil?

Is it possible to siphon fuel oil from an above-ground fuel oil tank?
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Bob M
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Sure. And at today's prices, it may become very common.
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Bob M wrote:

Yes, it's possible.
You can replace the filler cap with either a lockable cap or one that has a recessed face that requires a special tool to open.
Jim
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Speedy Jim wrote:

OTOH, if the line runs underground at any point, you could have a "leaker". Jim
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Speedy Jim wrote:

Which, if you have "automatic delivery" means you either have to have someone home when they come to deliver or hope your oil company remembers to pass the key or combo you gave them to the driver who happens to "do you" that day.
Just my .02,
Jeff
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Yes
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Bob M wrote:

Yes, but it would be faster with a hand operated pump with a rotary handle. The kind usually seen on drums of gas, oil, or hydraulic fluid at construction sites. They have a telescoping feed pipe that extends from about 2' to 3' and can pump a half quart per turn of the handle, so 8 turns pumps a gallon and 40 turns will fill a 5 gallon can. They can handle up to 90 weight oil.
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wrote:

Bob, It is possible to "siphon" or "pump" or simply "drain" fuel oil out of an aboveground tank. It would be advisable that you follow the piping that goes away from your tank to your heater and look for fuel oil signs on the ground or that fuel oil odor.
Do you have any neighbor kids who have "diesel" powered equipment? They may be stealing it from you...fuel oil is diesel fuel without the highway tax.
Bill
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