Welcome! Here are the website rules, as well as some tips for using this forum.
when an oil tank fails...
I've just moved into a house with a very rusty oil tank in the basement. I don't know its age or manufacturer. It looks like the tank has been patched at some time in the past. I'm hoping I can get through the winter with it, giving me a chance to learn about my steam system (a first for me) with its 20yo Weil McLain 68 series boiler and to interview contractors about a possible conversion to gas. So my question is: when an oil tank fails, does it typically just start to leak or does it sometimes fail catastrophically? If it just leaks, could I put a drip pan under it and hobble through the NY metro area winter? I know I'll need to either replace the tank or switch to gas in the foreseeable future, but I'm trying to buy some time now while I educate myself.