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#1382567 - 02/22/09 07:50 PM Home heating oil shelf /storage life
bigsteve Offline


Registered: 11/23/08
Posts: 188
Loc: Massachusetts, plymouth county
Does anyone know what the shelf/storage life would be for a house 330 gallon heating oil storage tank full of home heating oil?

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#1382584 - 02/22/09 08:06 PM Re: Home heating oil shelf /storage life [Re: bigsteve]
bmwtechguy Offline


Registered: 06/15/04
Posts: 2553
Loc: South Carolina
As long as it is not getting water in it, I have used 10 year old heating oil without issues. It should last a good long while.

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#1382602 - 02/22/09 08:24 PM Re: Home heating oil shelf /storage life [Re: bmwtechguy]
bigsteve Offline


Registered: 11/23/08
Posts: 188
Loc: Massachusetts, plymouth county
My brother in law purchased a out door wood burning heating system the heats the house and now his oil tank is just a back up to this system. He topped off the tank now that oil is cheap and wanted to know how long it would be good for.

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#1382626 - 02/22/09 08:54 PM Re: Home heating oil shelf /storage life [Re: bigsteve]
pottymouth Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 639
Loc: NJ
Is the tank indoors or outdoors? Buried or above ground?

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#1382848 - 02/23/09 04:31 AM Re: Home heating oil shelf /storage life [Re: pottymouth]
bigsteve Offline


Registered: 11/23/08
Posts: 188
Loc: Massachusetts, plymouth county
in door, in a heated/finished basement.

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#1383127 - 02/23/09 11:24 AM Re: Home heating oil shelf /storage life [Re: bigsteve]
Oldmoparguy1 Offline


Registered: 01/21/05
Posts: 5133
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Put a fresh dose of algicide in it every year or 2 and it will be just fine.
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#1575134 - 08/22/09 03:20 PM Re: Home heating oil shelf /storage life [Re: Oldmoparguy1]
Flight_ER_Doc Offline


Registered: 10/03/07
Posts: 15
Loc: Western US
Back in 1981 I was the base fuels officer at an Air Force base in California...

We got a call from the civil engineers, saying that they discovered an underground fuel tank that dated to WWII. It was in a part of the base that had little to no activity since 1953 or so, and the records were lost so nobody knew when this 50K tank had been filled, or with what.

So, we pulled a sample of the fuel. Oddly enough it had no water in it (that part of California had the water table at about 15' deep, so a dry fuel tank was an oddity). Sent the sample of what we presumptively called 30+ year old #2 fuel oil to the lab to be analyzed.

The report came back and it was within tolerances for brand new DF-2. We pumped the fuel into a large storage tank and mixed it in with whatever was in there (300k gallons or so) and called it good.

As long as there is no water, so no algae or biofilm can grow, it's hard to hurt diesel or heating oil.

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#2300303 - 06/28/11 11:27 AM Re: Home heating oil shelf /storage life [Re: Flight_ER_Doc]
stockrex Offline


Registered: 01/08/06
Posts: 2104
Loc: Michigan
flight_er_doc, thanks a bunch for sharing that story.
I am thinking of a 5k gal tank and load up diesel when it is cheap.
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