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Old 12-14-2010, 09:43 AM
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Anybody ever tried converting a torpedo heater to use waste motor oil?

I have a Reddy Heater 60,000 btu, and would like to try this, even if I have to mix it with another fuel. This unit will work with kerosene, #1, #2, Jet A, and a few others. We've been running it on gasoline/diesel mix that was drained from a car about a year ago, and it seems to do really well on that. It's only used in an open shop, just to take the edge off the cold.

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Old 12-14-2010, 10:04 AM
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wow, my eyes are burnig and watering allready.
if it will run on #2 (a.k.a. diesel)you can mix the used motor oil with some #1 (a.k.a. kerosene or filter it twice and it becomes jet fuel)
and it will be ok
just stay away from the gas, no matter what the ratio
are you trying to save $ or just get rid of the used oil?
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...are you trying to save $ or just get rid of the used oil?
Both, I'm just such a cheapskate, the gas/diesel was some we drained out of a vehicle, the customer had grabbed a diesel pump by mistake, and filled her tank. She didn't even make it out of the parking lot, and quickly figured it out. We didn't want to dump it into our waste oil tank, because when they go to pump it out, they check it for fuel and if there is too high a concentration, they refuse it. There was a slight gasoline smell to the mixture when we drained it, but not now, and we've burned all of it already anyway.

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Every Waste Oil Heater that I've been around has had outside ducting, so I don't think this will work very well (unless you like wearing a Gas Mask and a Flak Jacket )-
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:00 PM
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It IS outside, the shop is open, there is wind shelter from two walls @90°, the other corner is open, on posts.
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You'll find that the WVO (waste vegetable oil) will clog your heater nozzles far more often than you care to replace/repair. But if you care to experiment, I would guess a kerosene blend would be the place to start. Use the thinnest fuel the heater will burn and start adding UWO a few percent at a time until you either clog it up or burn it up or until your too scared to up the blend any more.

Ultimately I would not advise it. I've not experimented with WVO for heating purposes, but I did run an old Mercedes on WVO for 5 years/130xxx miles (for a total of 300K) before one of the pistons burnt through. And I can tell you the oil has alot of solids in it, even if it's blended with other fuels and filtered to 1 micron. It tends to plasticise and leave a rubber glue like residue on things. Not very friendly with hot nozzles.

I would search some biodeisel sites if I were serious about WVO heaters...

Start here, these guy know there stuff...

http://biodiesel.infopop.cc/eve/foru...m/f/3231076562
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I'm not talking about WVO, I'm talking about waste MOTOR oil, like from oil changes, and I can filter it again if need be. If this works out, we will never pay for oil disposal again, only for filters, both for disposal and filters for the oil.
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Well, it looks like it cam be done, but I would make sure your Life Insurance is up to date-

http://www.grandpastractor.com/phpBB...5&t=50&start=0
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Well, it looks like it cam be done, but I would make sure your Life Insurance is up to date-

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That is possibly the scariest thing I have ever seen! Kind of like making a flame thrower out of a squirt gun.
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it will be a mess. i wouldnt even think about it.gona mess that heater up too.
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is the cost of having the waste oil removed high enough to offset the difference in price between
using straight #2 and
using 2/3 #1 and 1/3 waste oil?
if it is i say go for it
you may be able to mix it even richer than that
i also think the extra filtering would help
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Waste or used motor oil also contains some bad metals like cadmium. If you burn that stuff in your heater you will be inhaling those metals.

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How often do you really need a heater in that part of Florida? Good grief, how expensive vs safety can kerosene or diesel fuel get for the few times early in the morning that you would need a heater for more then an hour or two? I pulled two large travel trailer axles apart for storage last week in 30* weather - I dressed correctly and was not a bit cold.

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That is possibly the scariest thing I have ever seen! Kind of like making a flame thrower out of a squirt gun.
Looking at the back ground and the shops general condition ................speaks volumes!
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No one here is even addressing the fact he is using GASOLINE in that thing! NEVER, NEVER, EVER put gasoline at ANY ratio in a kerosene heater of ANY kind! That is about the dumbest thing anyone could do with a heater!
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