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#840134 - 02/21/07 09:09 PM Torpedo heater on WVO
crackerloco Offline

Registered: 11/28/06
Posts: 18
Loc: Detroit, MI
I currently use a 100K BTU ReddyHeater to heat my garage. Kerosene is $3-4 a gallon around here, and I really don't want to run #2 diesel inside the garage as I'd have to vent it more and it wouldn't be much cheaper than kerosene. I've heard that a cheap way to run one of these heaters on WVO is to heat up filtered oil on a hotplate, and stick the intake hose into the pan. Has anyone had any experience with this? I know good filtration is essential, and I have access to about 50 gallons/week of WVO so if I can get this setup to work it would save me about $60/month.

#840135 - 02/22/07 01:49 AM Re: Torpedo heater on WVO [Re: crackerloco]
Shaman Offline

Registered: 07/27/04
Posts: 2325
Loc: Frankfort, Kentucky
I would check out the first. There is also a forum that does what you are saying, I think the name is something like biofuel for heating or something. Sorry, but the name escapes me.

It will take a good amount of work to get the WVO to runnable product. I donít know about the setup on the heater, but you need to get the junk and the water out for vehicles. Heaters may be different, I donít know.

Also, just found this in a link on infopop.

Edited by Shaman (02/22/07 02:32 AM)

#840136 - 02/22/07 09:11 AM Re: Torpedo heater on WVO [Re: Shaman]
Shaman Offline

Registered: 07/27/04
Posts: 2325
Loc: Frankfort, Kentucky
Did some reading since I donít have any classes today. The important things that I found out are whether or not you have spark plug ignition or glow plug ignition. Also, it seems a lot of people are blending kerosene and WVO without many modifications, but when you try to run all WVO, you need to block flow of air in the back, heat the fuel with something, either a pot warmer, or some people have rigged the fuel hose to stick into the fire stream to preheat the fuel. I found the biodiesel/WVO/WMO for heating subforum on infopop and did some poking around.
Bio for heating

It looks like running 100% WVO will take some work. Read up and let me know what you decide.

Found the altfuels for home heating yahoo group


#840137 - 02/23/07 04:01 AM Re: Torpedo heater on WVO [Re: Shaman]
tom slick Offline

Registered: 05/26/03
Posts: 8895
Loc: Central Coast, Calif.
I would be a little afraid of carbon monoxide from an improper mixture by messing with the fuel source.