Ya just a water heater & harbour freight pump to circulate the oil till about 130 deg. then I pump it into another tank to settle for 3-5 days. I pull the oil about 3-4" abovr bottom so I am not pulling any setteled trash. pump thru bag filter to one micron. Mix in a 5 gallon jug & puor in.
I don't own an oil burner, but was thinking about this filtering.............
17 years in the restaurant biz, I have filtered a gallon or two of shortening. We had different ways of filtering it. One method you just poured it thru a cone filter into another(spare) vat. The other method(safer) you had a filter machine. It also had the same type filtering paper. Basically a one time use stuff, but would do all the vats. We also had a powder that we poured onto the filter, was called filter media, which aided in the filtering to remove even more/finer particles, which is what breaks down the quality of your shortening.
Sooo, I am wondering if a person was able to get ahold of such a machine and filters, and the media, if it would be beneficial for this type application?
Just a thought for you greasers!
I converted a water heater Heat & circulate it thru a 10 micron filter to about 150 deg Really need to get to about 275 deg but I have a clean source of oil never goes outside to a collection drum. After heating for about 8 hours I pump to a setteling tank then 3-5 days of setteling I pull from 3" from bottom.
So youre wanting to brew Bio rather than run SVO right?
I found a calculator online, that calculates the amounts of methanol and lye needed for a batch, based on level of titration, etc. I *think* you may be looking at around 20% methanol from playing with the calculator, but i may be off. I have it saved on a thumb drive at home, I might can get it to you if you want.
yeah i searched around and it's roughly 20%. I just wanted to make sure that was right.
As far as making bio, yes. I figure since I have a tractor and a truck I could use it to fuel both instead of converting one system and not the other. I was pricing methanol today and it's gone up. imagine that anyway, just trying to a rough idea how much i can make it for.
Now to run a batch of 30 gallons you'll need ~6 gal of methanol. That means you have ~9 batches you can make. My understanding is typically with 30 gallons you can make almost 30 gallons once the methanol and lye are mixed in and glycerin drained off.
So 30 gallons x 9 batches = 270 gallons (lets say 250 to be conservative)
250gal / 255 gal = ~$.98/gal (if you made your own excluding lye costs)
250gal x $0.98 = ~$245 total
250gal x $4.69 = ~$1172.50 (if you payed at the pump)