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Discussion in 'Home Power and Microgeneration' started by Bob Adkins, Sep 3, 2003.

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  1. Bob Adkins

    Bob Adkins Guest

    I have several vehicles and engines in my barn that I change oil in all too
    often. I'm getting tired of hauling quarts of oil to town and getting dirty
    looks when I turn them in.

    I have an endless supply of blue poly 55 gal drums. Think 55 gal of waste
    oil at a time would be valuable enough for someone to pick up?

    Any other ideas for disposing of it? Too bad I don't have some of those oil
    eating bacteria. :)

  2. Dave Hinz

    Dave Hinz Guest

    Know anyone with a waste-oil burning furnace? That's what happens
    to most of the "recycled" motor oil anyways...

    Dave Hinz
  3. Guest

    Collect it, filter it, add 5% or so to your diesel fuel and recover some
    BTU/ fuel value from it.
  4. Why don't you filter it, and then mix it with some Stove Oil and heat
    your barn with it?????? That's what the "Big Boys do".

    Bruce in alaska
  5. Bob Adkins

    Bob Adkins Guest

    You know, I thought of that.

    I would be afraid of carbon buildup, loss of power, smoke, and stink. Has
    anyone actually tried this?

  6. albown

    albown Guest

    Ever thought of switching to an synthetic oil. I am using Amsoil on a 7000
    mile change interval.

    The oil burner is probably your best bet. If you could find someone to take
    it would probably cost you.
    At the utility I used to work for we had an waste oil hot water pressure
    washer. Sure took the crap off the trucks in the winter time.
  7. Chris Hill

    Chris Hill Guest

    Have a Walmart nearby? I just take my oil container in (don't need to
    put back in the original containers) and dump in their tank. Look
    around the side by the automotive.
  8. Sparky

    Sparky Guest

    I used my last lot of used motor oil for painting the shed. It preserves the
    wood very well and lasts a lot longer than creosote.

  9. Vaughn Simon

    Vaughn Simon Guest

    In my youth, used oil was used on dirt roads to keep dust down and
    poured around house foundations to discourage termites. Either of these
    uses is considered to be very antisocial these days.

  10. Bob Adkins

    Bob Adkins Guest

    We used to boil fence posts in used oil. Not as good as creosote, but it
    made them last 6-8 years.

    Burning used oil in any fashion is anti-social. Besides, it stinks to high
    heaven. I would never pour oil on the ground. It makes the water taste

    I was just wondering if it was valuable enough for someone to pick up 50-100
    gal at a time. Guess not.

    Wonder what a stick of dynamite in a barrel of oil would do? Not like that
    whale thing, I hope. :)

  11. iron

    iron Guest

    Hello Jeff,
    I am interested in seeing the
    plans on building a waste oil heater.

    I live in Albany Western Australia It doesnt get as cold as you guys but
    my workshop could still use some heat.
  12. Steve Spence

    Steve Spence Guest

  13. Zathera

    Zathera Guest

    Check out lochinvar. I lost my solar water heater recently and noticed on
    their web page that they make boilers, water heaters for oil. I know that is
    not waste oil but a little mixing, and filtering should work.
  14. Buckshot

    Buckshot Guest

    I've always kept a 5-gal bucket of used oil around for chainsaw duty. Place
    the tip in, give the chain a light spin every couple of logs. Never have
    bought any bar oil, never had a problem in 20 something years.
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