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06-08-2006, 01:47 PM
I have a approx. 250 gal. fuel oil tank in my basement that hasn't been used in YRS. Was going to scrap it but have an idea. If I cut it in half I can make a good grill out of it. Has anyone ever done this?
I know I will have to vent it properly before cutting and clean all the residue out of it. After that figure I could use sturdy hinges, attach some L brackets to hold grates in place etc.
06-08-2006, 02:23 PM
I've heard of it geing done with everything from a 55 gal steel drum on up to an old boiler, and I've seen them in mobile rigs on TV at BBQ cook-offs and such.
Considering it's used, I'd get it as clean as possible before cutting, follow that with some bio-degrdable de-greaser via a pressure washer . . . and a good coating of vegetable oil followed by a roaring fire inside to complete the cleanse and season process. ;)
No reason to have to use charcoal though . . . you should be able to have enough depth for a wood fire in a tank that big. }>
06-08-2006, 04:10 PM
I think the 55 gallon drum idea to be a better one because of the environmental concerns and regulations regarding the removal of an oil tank - not to mention the oil residue problem referenced.
God forbid you spill the old oil when removing the tank - it could cost as much as the home to have the mess cleaned up properly and to code.
Long story short - buy a 55 gallon drum - then go roast a pig - and invite me over for some pulled pork - yummy.
06-08-2006, 04:23 PM
I've been an environmental consultant for 22 yrs. Tank is an AST not UST. If there is product left in the tank, easy to drain off. Vent the tank properly then no problem cutting in 1/2. After all cleaned out, residue and all, build a smoking fire and your done. Charcoal has alot more PAHs than a 1/2 assed cleaned fuel oil tank.