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I've just removed an above ground oil tank, 275 gallon. It

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I've just removed an above ground oil tank, 275 gallon. It is full of sludge. How do I cut it open to put kitty liter in it so I can bring it to the scrap yard? Some cutting tools cause sparks, so I figure that could lead to an explosion.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  BillyHvac replied 1 year ago.


My name is Billy.

Oil does not have the flash point that gasoline or other flammables have.

I have cut many with a sawzall without issue. You can get a little smoke...but thats about it.

Fuel oil is not as flammable unless it is vaporized like a nozzle in the furnace.

Some old school burners slowly dripped oil into a pan that was burning..

Short story = just get as much oil out as you can...and that is mainly just to keep the smoke down.