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Old 03-21-2008, 11:40 PM   #1
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My Aero fuel fired hot water heater went boom tonight (not really - I smelled it before I heard anything). It spilled several gallons of water and some fuel oil (DH thinks it was a gallon or two). This is currently sitting in the well around my oil fired boiler (eep! - I turned the power off).

We are draining the remaining water out of the HWH (and reserving it to flush the toilets tonight). We can't just cut off the water supply to the HWH - (thank you former home owner).

How do we safely and responsibly clean up the spilled oil and water mix?

Any thoughts about this would be appreciated.

No we are not going to stay at a hotel tonight. No I am not calling the heating company tonight ( I need all my extra duckets to replace the GD hot water heater).

Any thoughts about replacement? We have a propane stub outside and could do gas, if we ran it in the house. What about on-demand systems?

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Old 03-22-2008, 12:51 PM   #2
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Bump - Heating company is here cleaning up the oil and fixing it so we can turn the water back on to the house.

Hot water heater decisions are being saved until Monday when we don't have to pay $150/hour for labor.

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How old is your boiler? If older, you may want to upgrade your boiler using propane to a 95% eff. boiler and use your boiler to heat your hot water as well. I just installed in my home a Prestige Triangle Tube boiler system that also heat my domestic hot water and it works great. If you can suffer thru a few more days, I think it would be worth your while to investigate your options. Oil effiency has been the same for the last 20yrs and it doesn't look like there is going to be any improvements anytime soon.
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