Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Old Tank

It used to be common to see tanks like these out here in people's basements.   They were probably pretty common in towns, too.     I'll let you guess in the comments what they were for.  A lot of you probably recognized it right away.  

We had one like this in our basement when we moved in and when it came time to move it out [a decade ago now] we had to haul it up some steep and narrow stairs into a tiny hallway and then out the door.    I believe it took a very large piece of cardboard and a comealong attached to the frame of the basement door with both of us pulling and pushing.  I'm pretty sure there was some swearing, too.   No one was crushed in the attempt, but it's a day we'll never forget.  

Our old tank is out in our barn, buried under some lumber, I think.   We're still trying to figure out how to clean it out so we can take it to the scrap metal place.  

6 comments:

  1. When we bought our house (an older house) from some friends, it too had one of these tanks. I won't give away the spoiler as to what it is, but we called the company that serviced it for the previous owners and had them discontinue the service and they hauled it away for free.

    Kind of wish I'd have thought about using our scrap metal return place, might have gotten a couple of dollars for it. Now that I think about it, that's probably why the company offered a free haul-away...they were probably driving it down to the scrap place themselves.

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    1. One of the happiest days of my home-owning life was getting that smell out of the house. Yowza!

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  2. I remember seeing these things somewhere (though not in anywhere I've lived...thank goodness!). I imagine they were filled with gas or fuel of some sort.

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  3. At first I had no idea. None. No. Clue. But I did think it had something to do with heating, but of course, not propane... I now know what it is. I found out via a clever method present right here on this site! I won't give it away either.

    On a related note, speaking of smell, when I lived in Japan, having a supplemental stand-alone portable kerosene heater was the standard in almost every house, and I had one and even a dude who would come weekly to fill up my jerry cans for me. We used to run them and put our tea kettles on top and use them to heat water (and even food sometimes). I have to say, I do kind of miss the smell... a whiff of that would remind me of winters in Japan in a heartbeat.

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    1. Funny you should mention portable Kerosene heaters...my uncle just started using one recently in his house. He must have gotten it from one of the orange/blue box stores because is looks all modern, but it puts out several thousand BTUs of heat and he says it works well!

      I asked where he gets the Kerosene and apparently the big box stores sells it there too. I'd imagine other places around town do also, I've just never noticed them.

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    2. I keep meaning to get another one for the odd powerless winter storm we get. I know you can get kerosene (or used to anyway) at the gas station down the street...they had a separate pump off to the side. Kerosene used to be cheap and with the hew ones, with blowers, they're awesome! I miss my little clunky one...it was simple to fill and start. Toss a match at it and jump back! :-)

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