An old house I just purchased has a large oil (yes, oil, not gas) tank in
the back yard. I was told it was used in the early 70s to heat the swimming
pool and was later on disconnected.
This oil tank is about 80" long, cylindrical with a diameter oh say about
40". It sort of look like this:
but not shiny like it rather it seem to be pretty corroded. I don't know if
there is still any oil in it, I could smell oil. Checking underneath it I
do not see any leak and the grass directly underneath it seemed ok.
I am trying to figure out how to remove and dispose of this thing. I have
asked the tree guy who came to remove tree stumps and he wouldn't touch it,
I have asked trash removal companies and they wouldn't touch it says I need
Who should I call? Hazardous waste disposal unit?
You are fortunate that it is above ground. Below ground, it would entail
soil testing and a bunch of other potential problems. Call a fuel oil
dealer in your neighborhood. They will probably not remove it, but they
will know who will.
Empty it and cut it into pieces small enough your trash collectors will
A 9-inch angle grinder with metal cutting disks would be an appropriate
tool to use. Or a cutting torch.
A free-lance welder would be the guy to call for hiring this out.
Cut it in half, weld on some hinges, now you have a swell barbecue!
The standard treatment for a tank to be cut is to first obtain a lot of
dry ice, bust the dry ice into small chunks and drop the chunks down the
filler pipe. Wait about a half hour for the dry ice to sublimate to the CO2
that it is, and then begin to cut. The CO2 filling the tank displaces the
air and prevents combustion.
be careful with a torch or grinder as you may start a fire.
Put it for sale on eBay...somebody probably wants it even if you only get $1
for it they will have to move it.Or list it for free in the local paper.
Below ground you would need a waste disposal company and it can be quite
expensive. Above ground you might luck out and have an oil company get rid
of it. Keep your fingers crossed that it doesn't have a leak.
I "think" it does not have a leak by feeling the grass directly underneath
and they felt fine and dry.
However, the entire tank is brown in color and the lower half seem to be of
darker color and have some corrosion. I did not dare to tamper with it too
much. On top of the tank there is a clean out and some other fittings, none
seem to be removable easily (corrosion may be). I tried twisting all of
them and none will yield.
Make into BBQ drill? Are you sure?
Most oil-fill companies also offer a pump-out service, and may even offer a
token amount per gallon for the recovered oil. They are also usually linked
to a tank service company that can come remove the tank. Hopefully, you
don't live in an area that requires soil samples and testing and such, all
of which costs a fortune. If you live in a rural area, you may be able to
put an ad in the paper and sell it. The oil company guys will know the local
Yeah, you could make a pig roaster out of it, but I wouldn't recommend it.
To burn off the oil residue and not get a taste in the food, you'd have to
have a real hot break-in fire, hot enough that any thin spots may just burn
Cut it up with an air hammer(chisel) or nibbler .. .. .. years ago, we
cut, brazed, soldered, welded gas tanks and prepared them for such
operations by running the exhaust from a gas engine into the tank .. ..
.. displaces any flammable vapors and any oxygen in the tank .. .. ..
never had a fire or explosion .. .. .. keep a water hose or fire
extinguisher handy just in case .. .. ..
I had two large oil tanks to dispose of when I switched to Propane last
month. I put them out by the road with a "free" sign on them, and they were
gone within 24 hours. People in my area use them to make barbecue pits.
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