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sailor
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Long Island
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Re: Heating oil filter deposits

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My house was built in 1947 and I am not sure how long the fuel oil tank has been in my basement but it is old...It has sludge on the bottom of it and has clogged up my filter so much that it has kept the boiler from running...

I was told to change the filter 2x's a year and also to turn emergency switch to boiler to OFF when I am getting a delivery of fuel oil....and to leave it off for at least 20 minutes after fill up....it was right after getting a delivery in the past when filter clogged up...the new fuel oil going down into tank stirred up all that sludge that sits near the bottom of the tank..so by turning it off you allow everything to settle down...

My line from the fuel tank is located near bottom of tank so I was also told I could have line coming out the top of tank to avoid that but I never did go through with relocating line.

The reason being in addition to changing filter 2x's a year and making sure boiler is turned off during delivery by using emergency switch near top of basement stairs I also was told to add sludge treatment to tank right before delivery...

I was told to buy the stuff by Hercules and I leave the bottle outside by fill valve with a note to fuel oil delivery guy on how to much to add before he starts filling....

No problems since...

Only issues I have now is the high cost of fuel oil...I just had a delivery yesterday...

176.8 gallons @ $3.76 for $664.77 and then tax added another $16.62 for a total bill of $681.39

I sure am hoping we have a mild winter like we did last year here on Long Island, NY.


dosdoxies
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Wallingford, PA
said by sailor:

176.8 gallons @ $3.76 for $664.77 and then tax added another $16.62 for a total bill of $681.39

Tax on fuel oil? I never heard of that. None here in PA.

sailor
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The tax imposed on my fuel oil is a county tax...my county being Suffolk County, NY...It is 2.5%

Is is in publication 718R which is down a bit on this page

»www.tax.ny.gov/pubs_and_bulls/tg···ions.htm


PSWired

join:2006-03-26
Annapolis, MD
reply to sailor
Thanks. Guess I'll add some of that sludge emulsifier the next time I have the tank filled.

My generator also draws from this fuel tank. Fuel filters for that are $40 each, so I'd like to avoid clogging them up any faster than I have to.


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Could you put a pre filter, like the General 1A-25A, in the line before the generator? The paper elements for a General are only $3-4 and have a lot of surface area so should take out a lot of crap before there is too much of a pressure drop.
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PSWired

join:2006-03-26
Annapolis, MD
That's something to consider, but I'd rather get the crap out of the tank to begin with. Don't really want water-laden sludge sitting at the bottom of the tank rusting away the steel.


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reply to sailor
said by sailor:

176.8 gallons @ $3.76 for $664.77 and then tax added another $16.62 for a total bill of $681.39

My tank is in my basement, and I have the draw from it on the bottom, via gravity feed, my filter is sludgy every year too.

Where do you get that sludge treatment, I need it for mine too.

I've been told you can have the tank drained and cleaned, and this will reduce the sludge, but not eliminate it from coming back.

You could try COD delivery to reduce the price of oil, or try Slomin's for one year, I think they are offering it at $3.50 right now.
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sailor
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said by JRW2:

said by sailor:

176.8 gallons @ $3.76 for $664.77 and then tax added another $16.62 for a total bill of $681.39

My tank is in my basement, and I have the draw from it on the bottom, via gravity feed, my filter is sludgy every year too.

Where do you get that sludge treatment, I need it for mine too.

I've been told you can have the tank drained and cleaned, and this will reduce the sludge, but not eliminate it from coming back.

You could try COD delivery to reduce the price of oil, or try Slomin's for one year, I think they are offering it at $3.50 right now.

When I am in need of a bottle I will pick it up while in Riverhead at Blackmans. They are at 940 West Main Street, Riverhead 11901 ...

In the screenshot I drive into the wholesale lot to the right of the building where you see the chain link fence..park in there behind the fence area and you will see a side door and just go in that door...

The sludge treatment is around $16-$17.00 dollars for a quart container and recommended initial dosage is 1 pint per 275 gallons of tank capacity.....I now just leave the bottle in a zip lock storage bag outside when I am expecting a delivery and usually leave a note for driver to add 1/4 of bottle....do this maybe 3-4 times during the year and I am good.

I also buy the filter replacements there. They are about a dollar and change.

As for a fuel oil delivery company thanks but I use a small family business where I have known the family for many decades....they try and give me the best price they can plus they have key to gate and after driver is done he just puts bill in my door....have like 30 days to pay them but I always pay them right away...long time family friends.

Mr Matt

join:2008-01-29
Eustis, FL
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reply to PSWired
Check out the website below that describes a fuel cleaning system:

»www.parkerfuelpolishing.com/

Unfortunately their products are expensive but do clean stored fuel.