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Cleaning up 60+ years of oil furnace chimney soot? Answered

The chimney is gone, leaving a large (about a bushel sized ) heap of oil soot on a concrete floor.    Some has been shoveled up along with the mortar dust.  There remains about a bucketful spread around a 1.5 meter square area... plus foot and paw prints over a larger area of new concrete. (I will be checking soon to make sure everyone and the dog are OK.) So what is the right way to contain this mess and get it safely out of the house?  

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iceng

Best Answer 2 years ago

Shovel, Vacuum, dust-rag, soap and water.

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paul the maker

2 years ago

you can allways sand blast the stains off

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Vyger

2 years ago

I often use plastic shopping bags for sawdust and wood shavings, at least the bulk of them. Double or even triple the bags, use a trowel like a garden trowel and shovel it into the bags. Don't fill them full, leave enough empty space so that you can tie the handles completely shut. That gives you control over things. The next steep depends on the disposal options available to you. if you can take it to a landfill, and want to, pack the small bags into a large garbage bag and throw it out. If you have property and want to dispose of it yourself, just dig a deep hole, maybe 3 feet down and empty the soot into it. The oil will not be a problem and soil bacteria will over time break it down.

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VygerVyger

Answer 2 years ago

By the way, if you do opt to bury it and you are concerned about the oil you can burn it off buy starting a fire in the hole, them add the soot a little at a time to the hot coals. Add more wood and keep it burning and mix it, until the smoke is not black anymore. leave the fire to dye out on its own and when its all burnt just fill the hole in.

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VygerVyger

Answer 2 years ago

If it was me with my situation I would just add it to the wood stove a bag at a time with the air all the way open and that way reduce it to ash and get some heat from it.

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steveastrouk

2 years ago

Just use a vacuum, possibly with a HEPA filter