Off Grid Heat Without Using Electricity
Another Interest Of Mine, That Once Invested In, Can Save $$$
I am always looking for ways to keep more of what comes in. It's how we can gain individual freedoms and keep more of what we earn.
One of my latest interests is in using waste oil as a means of heating my work shop. I must enter into this disclaimer right now. You can burn your house or shop down very easily or even die if you do not observe safety rules and common sense. You do this at your own risk and as all individuals should be, you are responsible for your own actions.
I have placed an advertisement on Craigslist that I collect waste oil and will pick it up for free. I suggest at this point that you be prepared to store at least 1000 gallons before placing the ad. I had room for about 400 and it was discovered in the first 48 hours that would not be enough.
I mostly get 5 gallon pales from those wanting it hauled away. I also accept drop offs for those in the area. But I also get 55 gallon drums and the occasional IBC Tote give to me just to haul away. I invested in a pump on ebay to test and discovered I would buy one again. It is sure but not very fast. A second pump would certainly speed up the transfer process.
Some thoughts that I have adopted is to slow down and work with calculated moves to prevent getting covered with oil or worse yet standing in an oil slick. Both which I have done. Have a bag of absorbent and plenty of rags in a sealed container close by.
My system is multiple IBC Totes plumbed together with the valves open for self leveling. One tote has a large opening cut out of the top with a lid covering the top. The large opening makes pouring the 5 gallon pales much easier without pumping or spilling.
I had constructed a very small heater last winter and ran all of about 10 gallons of oil through it. It worked pretty well conceptually. I made it out of a very small wood stove that came from Japan. No modifications were made to the stove. I replaced the top burner plate with my down the center oil feed. Used a stainless steel dog bowl for the burner. I will show a video soon for a great trick for the drip valve.
I am building a newer larger unit out of car rims and a propane tank from a fork lift.
A very common way to accomplish this is by converting wood stoves or oil furnaces to run om waste oil. This is much easier than building from scratch.
I will be providing construction video's in the future but that won't be for a couple of months. I wanted to give you a head start on winter so I am posting a video series that I enjoyed and will be copying the burner design to some degree.
So here is the video series provided by: Gerry's DYI