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Biocide/Preservative for Fuel Oil Tank?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by velvetfoot, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    Hopefully I won't be using too much fuel oil. I haven't looked around yet, but can anyone recommend a biocide/preservative for the basement-located fuel oil tank? Not even sure anything is necessary, but I can imagine storing heating fuel for years would do it any good.

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  2. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    I used Hot Shot. You can get it or similar at the local hardware store or auto parts store.
  3. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    Is that a biocide? I used Power Service (white bottle) when I had a diesel.
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    white bottle is good for using a diesel engine in winter, thats it, increases the lubricity and lowers the gel temp.

    Used clear diesel, made by power service, used to mitigate water in the tank, designed for long term storage. And then i used a biocide. forget the brand, they are all super nasty stuff.. Wear gloves! I figured those two would solve the issue of storage. I based it just off of amazon reviews.
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    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    Thanks.
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  7. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    I just ordered some. Didn't use any fuel oil past winter. Maybe use more oil next winter though (spousal complaints).
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    +1 On the Biobor, that's what I used in my oil tank. I have used very little in the past few years.
    The Biobor has many positive reviews.
    If you are not using much oil consider adding additional filters to catch any sludge.
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    A heads up on Biobor, the website link to buy on line sent me to West Marine. The price was on a 16oz container was about $10 more than it could be bought elsewhere.

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