What to do with old heating oil.

jpl1nh Posted By jpl1nh, Feb 25, 2008 at 4:42 PM

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  1. jpl1nh

    jpl1nh
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    I have about 150 gallons of #2 heating oil that's about 10 years old. Its in a tank in my shop. Called around locally and been advised I need to have it disposed of because its probably no good as heating oil any longer. Have one quote at $850 to pump it out and dispose of, waiting on another quote. Can this be burned in a waste oil heater? Anyone have any better suggestions than paying for disposal? I want to make sure it's handled in an environmentally responsible way but I'm hoping there is some use for it so I'm not just paying for disposal.
     
  2. backpack09

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    Post it on craigslist.

    There are lots of uses for diesel, from heating(waste oil burners) to keeping asphalt trucks/equipment clean. Someone will take it off your hands. :) Or do it the hard way, and take it to autozone 5 gallons at a time.
     
  3. milner351

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    too bad I'm not close, I'd come get it - mix it with fresh diesel and burn it in my truck, or, put it in the waste oil furnace.

    for sure - craigslist - folks will be knocking your door down to get it - you could probably charge something for it and stil get rid of it quickly.

    fuel oil / diesel / jet fuel / kerosene don't "spoil" as readily as gasoline -- it probably does have some water in it from condensation though.
     
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    But thats nothing a couple of bottles of diesel dry gas couldn't cure.
     
  5. granpajohn

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    Perhaps before fuel regulations were as tight as they are now, I worked in firefighter training. We sometimes needed donations of old/contaminated fuel for our training burns. (My boss liked jet fuel best. Oh it burns nice!)
    Might be an option if you call around a bit. They probably don't want to pay anything though.
     
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    Thanks guys, appreciate the suggestions. I just put it on Craigslist. I know you get sludge build up as the fuel ages and there could be some condensation in it, but I suspected it could be usefule to someone anyway. We'll see what happens.
     
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    Thanks for your suggestions on this guys. I posted on Craigs list and sold the contents (about 175 gals) for $250. Much better than paying someone $850 to "dispose" it! ;-)
     
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