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Old 07-15-2017, 09:41 PM
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We have a natural stone chimney which incases our oil heat exhaust. I contacted a chimney repair company to request a quote on having rust stains removed from the stone both on the chimney and roof shingles. When representative inspected the chimney he informed me the staining wasn't rust but die used in the heating oil. According to this representative the stains are caused by the die oil companies (Lessig) are required to add to the oil, I have never heard of such a thing. The representative said he sees this problem often, has anyone else experienced this oil staining problem?
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Old 08-02-2017, 08:32 AM
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I have a natural stone chimney for 20 years now and never experienced a problem with the dye. Last year we had our chimney repointed because loose stones were landing on the roof (one-story part of the house). It was 40 years old and I do not know if it was ever done. But no staining. Our roof is medium gray shingles. The chimney is multi-gray stones. It also exhausts the oil heat.

The dye in the oil is normal, but perhaps Lessig uses more than they have to?
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Old 08-04-2017, 08:40 PM
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I've never seen such stains, but they dye heating oil so that it can't be sold and used to run diesel engines.

It's the same fuel, but much cheaper. In fact, if your oil tank runs out on a weekend or holiday and don't want to pay an emergency fee, you can get a couple of cans of diesel and put it in your tank to tide you over until the delivery can come.
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