Transporting heating oil

Old 10-23-13, 07:01 PM
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Transporting heating oil

Everyone in my area is converting from oil to gas. Almost every month I'll see someone on Craigslist giving away the oil that they have left because they can't use it anymore. I have a pick-up, why don't I just take it?
So, my questions are:

1. Can you put heating oil in a plastic drum, or does it have to be a metal one?

2. I've heard something about a separator filter. It's supposed to separate oil from water just in case there's water in there. What is this? I can't find it online anywhere.
Old 10-24-13, 03:50 AM
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Not my area of expertise but the experts should be along later
Heating oil is similar to diesel fuel so basically any container that is suitable for fuel will work [make sure you don't mix it with any gas!!] The big thing is how much fuel do you intend to transport? A few 5 gallon jugs won't make much difference and if you fill the back of your truck up with jugs full of heating fuel - that would be a lot of weight!

The water separator is generally hooked up in line between your oil tank and the furnace.

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