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Old 12-20-2003, 09:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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home heating oil question?

I think there may be more than a normal amount of water in my oil tank.
Can I use methylhydrate or some other chemical to break down the water molecules?


OS,you out there?
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Old 12-20-2003, 10:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The water is all on the bottom-can you drain the water from the bottom?

Adding some methanol will work to allow you to burn the water, but I'd try to drain the water.
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Old 12-20-2003, 10:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I pumped my tank out with a cheapo pump then separated and poured the good stuff back in.
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Call Esso at 1-866-749-ESSO (3776) maybe they can tell you how to do it.
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Old 12-20-2003, 11:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: home heating oil question?

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OS,you out there?
They make a water seperating filter, but I'm on natural gas so.....
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Toss a few bottles of HEET or Isopropyl (sp)
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or Isopropyl (sp)
Bad advice. Depending on were you buy your I.P.A. it can contain as mush as 70% water on it's own!
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Ok , so dont buy the versions with 70% water

Just trust me and use it......
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Toss a few bottles of HEET or Isopropyl (sp)

HEET,like the stuff for sore muscles?

Where's the easiest place to find isoproply?


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Gee, I guess nobody liked my idea of methanol, which will work better than Isopropanol.
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Gee, I guess nobody liked my idea of methanol, which will work better than Isopropanol.
How come?Can I use racing fuel methanol?That I can get easily.

I'm open to whatever works better than having to pump it dry and seperating the water out.


The only outlet on the bottom of the tank is for fuel.It leaves about 3inches of whatever in the bottom.I'm worried that there is too much water.
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If you've got enough water in your tank that it's causing a problem I don't think alcohol is gonna fix it. Think about it, if you have a 250 gal tank with the pickup a couple of inches off the bottom and you're drawing water there could be as much as 5 gallons of water in there. Your best bet (if it's an above ground tank) is to crack the drain and let it run untill the water drains off. A bottle of Heet after your drain it off to get whatever's stuck to the walls wouldn't hurt.

:edit: Since you don't have a drain get yourself a filter with one.
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Old 12-21-2003, 10:29 AM   #14 (permalink)
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It's not drawing water. I'm concerned about any water causing the tank to rust out prematurely.


So it looks like that HEET stuff is just methyl-hydrate right?
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How come?Can I use racing fuel methanol?That I can get easily.
Methanol = Methyl Hydrate = Methyl Alcohol = Wood Alcohol Same same.
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