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Old 10-12-2013, 09:14 AM   #1
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Have a customer with an outside oil tank. The line that goes into the house occasionally freezes when temps reach 0. All of the heat tape I have come across says water line only not for fuel or gas. Any ideas?
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:16 AM   #2
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I have a diesel tractor that is stored outdoors all the time in Pennsylvania. I use a supplement added to the fuel to prevent jelling during the winter. Actually I use it year around and have never had a problem. Only takes a few ounces. I am not sure if they use it in home fuel oil tanks, maybe check with the fuel supply people on adding something to prevent jelling. Also posted a link to what I use. I get it at a truck stop. Just an idea for ya.

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Thermon BSX line would work.. Raychem BTV would also work.. Just get the right power and end kits, wire it up with a GFI breaker and you won't freeze...
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I have a diesel tractor that is stored outdoors all the time in Pennsylvania. I use a supplement added to the fuel to prevent jelling during the winter. Actually I use it year around and have never had a problem. Only takes a few ounces. I am not sure if they use it in home fuel oil tanks, maybe check with the fuel supply people on adding something to prevent jelling. Also posted a link to what I use. I get it at a truck stop. Just an idea for ya. http://www.powerservice.com/dfs/
She says that she already uses an additive. I guess one of the problems was when it was installed the line should have been coming out of the top of the tank rather then the bottom. I was told that sediment on the bottom will get into the line and mixed with the cold weather could cause a very thick gel.
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Yep on the sediment problem. I have seen some home fuel oil tanks with a filter at the tank but those are basement tanks. With it outside does not help with the cold and fuel oil jelling. I do not work on those systems only engines but its the same fuel more or less with the same cold problems. Maybe a good filter/ water separator at the tank plus additive may help. The filter/separator usually have a little drain in the bottom of the filter to drain crap out every once in awhile.
I would talk with the oil delivery people about it. Heat tape may help if ya can get the whole line wrapped, it only takes one little spot to plug things up.
Good luck hope ya figure it out for her.
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Don't re-invent the wheel, use a product designed to work with home heating fuel oil tanks.
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They said that heating oil can gel in temperatures as "high as 10 degrees". I realize that in some parts of the country as HIGH as makes sense. But it sounds funny from the south. 10 degrees makes the news here.
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Most any of the industrial grade, oil resistant HEAT TRACING should work for this application. You would need to add an line voltage, ambient sensing thermostat. Yes, put this on a GFI circuit.
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