Does Fuel Oil Go Bad?

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  1. Weho Dave

    Weho Dave Active Member

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    I filled up my heating oil tank in November for $450 and didn't use a drop. Burned wood all winter. It is still full and I am wondering if the oil will go bad if I don't use it. Does anybody have any experience with this?
     
  2. Wendy

    Wendy Well-Known Member

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    We often have leftover fuel oil from year to year & have never had any trouble. Our tank is about 3/4 full right now & we won't use it again until October.
     

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    ..........Fuel oil\Diesel fuel , will last for several years , IF treated with the life extender . For instance , some cell phone towers in remote areas have diesel generators to power them if the grid power goes out and their diesel fuel tanks are tested and treated , if necessary . Gas on the other hand will start to decompose chemically in short order . fordy... :)
     
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    Obser "Mobile Homesteaders"

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    Here is a discussion by Emory Warner in Backwoods Home Magazine. The article contains other useful information about fuels and storage. http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/warner43.html

     
  5. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Heating oil/diesel can go bad if there is water present. Bacteria grows in the oil feeding off it and leaving a sludgey foul smelling puddle on the bottom. Actually the foul sewage smell rises so you can tell if you oil is going bad from the vent cap. It will certainly keep for a year or two or three. Oil from a distilate process lasts longer than cat cracked versions but you wouldn't know which you had! #1 is winter diesel and Canada has a #0 Arctic heating oil. #2 is heating oil or diesel #3 is a defunct designation, #4-#5 are industrial oils and #6 is good old bunkerC, whats left after that is made into asphalt etc.