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Idea for a water separator/filter system...

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Just taking off on the water heater idea what if a water heater was filled with oil and fired up, then run the hot oil through the filters into a well insulated container to sit for the proper time. Of course I would run a course filter before I fill the heater to aviod the big stuff, maby an old shirt or something.
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Napa, just a friendly heads-up, learn from my mistakes kind of post...I would strongly recommend NOT building a waste oil burner yourself. Been there done that, almost burned down a $100K workshop building, the things tend to "take off". Not alone in this experience either, they are just too uncontrolled and too unpredictable, not to mention require too much manual intervention to be worthwhile. ESPECIALLY when you can buy a real, purpose built, rebuilt to like new standards waste oil burner CHEAP. I bought a Shenandoah burner for $700. CHEAP compared to new. Mated it to a 320k BTU boiler, and now can heat 2 buildings for near free on waste motor oil from a friend's car repair shop. Clean Burn brand burners are even cheaper, at 600. Go to Whitten Enterprises, tell 'em Bill Kichman sent ya, he will treat you right, and you (man I sound like a SALESMAN) will be satisfied with what you get. I plan to run my boiler to heat my WVO for filtering. Let one waste product do the work to prep another waste product. Electric heat is too expensive for this use.:)
Hope this helps.
P.S. The bigger the boiler the better, as it helps with cleaning cycles. Waste oil requires you to clean out the boiler tubes or heat exchanger tubes (in air-air exchangers) and the smaller the boiler, the more frequent the cleaning required.

/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif I should charge $ for this advice /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
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