heating oil longevity

heating oil longevity

PostBy: 1975gt750 On: Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:05 pm

i was just wondering what he longevity of heating oil is sitting in my tank. i installed a keystoker kaa-2 in series with my oil burner and i havent used any oil in 2 months. i just doint want to have any problems if it goes bad. are there any additives to add to my tank to keep the oil fresh. or is the heating oil good forever.
1975gt750
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: keystoker kaa-2
Coal Size/Type: rice coal / blaschak
Other Heating: pensotti oil boiler with riello 40 burner
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: kaa-2

Re: heating oil longevity

PostBy: mozz On: Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:12 pm

You can buy a "preservative" so to say for diesel fuel but once you see the price you'll pass on it. I'm trying to use up my oil for my hot water since the boiler didn't come on at all this year yet since burning coal in the stove.
mozz
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 1982 AA-130 Steam

Re: heating oil longevity

PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:01 pm

Water is the problem with heating oil, or diesel fuel or jet fuel... There is a microbe that grows on the film between water and kerosene [diesel, jet, and heating oil] . The problem is much worse in warm weather, but you can still get some microbial growth in cool weather.

There are several products that will reduce or prevent the growth of the microbe... one of which is gasoline.. but I certainly don't recommend adding gasoline to your fuel oil tank..

The best that I can think of is the frequently drain the sump in the tank, to remove water that WILL accumulate from condensation on the inside of the tank walls.

You might ask your heating oil supplier... if they will talk to you still.. :D :D :? :lol: to see what they recommend..

Greg L

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LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland


Re: heating oil longevity

PostBy: coalkirk On: Tue Mar 04, 2008 6:14 pm

A friend of mine is the facilities manager for a large office complex in our area. They have a diesel generator for backup as this is a large credit card operation. The fuel oil tank is 10,000 gallons and they have a service come out if the fuel sits for couple years that pumps the fuel out, cleans, filters and does something to stop the microbial growth that Greg mentioned, then puts it back in the tank.
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: heating oil longevity

PostBy: Berlin On: Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:10 pm

personally, i'd simply add a bottle or two of powerservice, some biocide for diesel fuel and pretty much call it good. perhaps stuff a rag in the vent to prevent fast movement of air, but still allow for expansion and contraction of teh fuel based on temperiture. basically with our diesel gen sets and large fuel tanks 10,000gal+ we add powerservice (by the drum) and biocide, that's it, but it's filtered well before it reaches the engines, just as you should have a filter en route to the oil burner.
Berlin
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Will-Burt Combustioneer 77B
Coal Size/Type: Ohio BITUMINOUS pea stoker coal

Re: heating oil longevity

PostBy: 1975gt750 On: Wed Mar 05, 2008 10:32 am

where can i buy the powerservice and biocide. i found a company on line fppf who makes a fuel oil stabilizer anybody else hear of it
1975gt750
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: keystoker kaa-2
Coal Size/Type: rice coal / blaschak
Other Heating: pensotti oil boiler with riello 40 burner
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: kaa-2

Re: heating oil longevity

PostBy: Berlin On: Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:07 pm

biocide: http://www.powerservice.com/bk/default.asp?view=app

Diesel fuel storage additive: http://www.powerservice.com/cd/default.asp?view=app

basic lubricity additive, emissions reducer, and cleaner: http://www.powerservice.com/dk/default.asp?view=app



there is a location on the site that says "where to buy" click on it for helpful information.
Berlin
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Will-Burt Combustioneer 77B
Coal Size/Type: Ohio BITUMINOUS pea stoker coal

Re: heating oil longevity

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:33 pm

1975gt750 wrote:i havent used any oil in 2 months. i just doint want to have any problems if it goes bad. are there any additives to add to my tank to keep the oil fresh. or is the heating oil good forever.


Short of contamination, you should have no trouble. It won't last forever as the lighter components will evaporate over time and the oil will thicken. I throw a can of diesel fuel conditioner in once a year..... if I remember.

Its useful life in your tank? Don't even think about it.
coaledsweat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: heating oil longevity

PostBy: ktm rider On: Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:42 pm

I work in a powerhouse for the Feds and We have 6 -10,000 fuel oil tanks. These are just for back up gen sets and backup for the gas boilers. The fuel has been in them for 5 years now. We have it tested every year and it is still fine. We did order the "winter blend" fuel when we ordered it however. I don't think you would have an issue in just a few months or a year or two.
ktm rider
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AHS Multifuel
Stove/Furnace Model: CO 55 with oil backup


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