Back east oil is used to heat. Heck up here one of the things you check for when you buy a house is if there is an old oil tank in the yard as they are environmental hazards and you can't sell a house with one.
my parents used to heat with oil....we had one of these tanks in the basement<br>
(we'd play horsey on it from time to time. OY!)<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.inspect-ny.com/oiltanks/OilTankSeepage010DFs.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heating_oil" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heating_oil</a>
"Would someone please explain...<br>
The reason for this strange behaviour<br>
In exploitation's name...<br>
We must be working for the skin trade."<br><br>
well that's what i thought of when i saw the title.
I lived in a triple decker in my part of Boston when I was first married. The house had converted to gas heat at some point, but the oil tanks were still in the cellar (just like the one in the pic WTPJ posted). Long story short, Boston had a horrible storm on Oct, and our cellar flooded (with 3+ feet of water.) Our pumps weren't working and the plumber came to pump it out...only as the water dropped, one of the old tanks had shifted and tipped over. The dredges at the bottom of the tank spilled out, and the pumps had to be turned off immediately (we were legally pumping the water into the sewer...but the HHO was a contaminent). We called the fire dept, since we now had fuel in the cellar, and there were small children living upstairs; they deemed it a HAZMAT area, and we were evacuated for a week while the city came in and inspected and then found a crew to collect and dispose of the oil (still resting on top of the water in the cellar), and remove the tanks.<br><br>
The other thing that happens here with some frequency is someone will convert to NG, the tank will be removed, but the pipe through the foundation will remain. The HVAC people should put a little tag on the pipe to let the oil company know the tank has been removed. Most homes contract with an oil company and they come on a schedule so you never run out of oil in the middle of winter (which is a scary thing when it happens); occasionally a home owner will convert...and forget to call the oil co and the co comes and pumps oil <i>into the cellar.</i><br><br><img alt="huh.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif">
We have a big oil thingy in our basement. There is usually a sense of dread as winter is coming down on us as I know that we will soon have those expensive monthly deliveries.<img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><br><br>
Keeps me warm and toasty (OK, keeps the house at around 60F so not <i>warm</i> per se).<br><br>
I wish we had more sunshine for alternative fuel. Then again, my furnace can be converted to biofuel if we want to do it.