Appealing to the collective wisdom out there:
Someone I know has converted from oil to gas and has 1/4 tank of oil
available in a basement tank. I would like to take it. How do I get
the oil safely out of this tank and into mine? Thanks.
You can probably disconnect the oil line from where it was connected to the
furnace, and using the existing valve to control the flow drain it via
gravity into a tray or shallow pail, and pour the pails into some larger
buckets or gerry cans that you can use to transport the oil to your house.
Then pour it into yours. Might take a while to move 50 or 100 gallons that
way but at $2 a gallon it's probably worth the time.
Just be very neat, and make sure you can control the flow with a valve
before you disconnect anything.
pump it directly out a window into a tank or drum in a pickup truck or
trailer. You can buy them but then you're reducing the value of the oil,
although I have an uncle who picks up several gallons of oil every year by
letting it be known around town that he will take it for the hauling. Of
course, he sometimes has to agree to haul the old tank out of the basement,
too. That can be a real chore.
Pumping oil should be a pretty safe proposition since it isn't nearly as
flammable as gasoline.
Call your local anti-poverty agency (often called a Community Action
Agency or an Economic Opportunity Agency) and ask for their
Weatherization program. Often they will come and remove the oil from a
tank for free and then give it to a low income family in need.
Just remember that there are limits to the total tank capacity allowed
in a single fire rated space. Last time I looked in one location it was
660 gal. past that you needed to make a separate fire rated space to get
An electric fuel pump from an old Volkwagen beetle works nicely. A new
one should cost around $35 and it's kind of a handy thing to have
around when you need one.
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