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what can used oil be used for? #4567241
11/07/17 09:50 PM
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My truck holds 3 gallons of oil, so needless to say I have quite a few gallon jugs of oil. 18 to be exact. I know up north don't they burn it in heaters or something? I'm in the south so we don't do that here. What can I do with it besides haul it to the auto parts store?

Last edited by motor_oil_madman; 11/07/17 09:52 PM.

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Re: what can used oil be used for? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4567250
11/07/17 10:01 PM
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Lawn mowers is one...although they hold not much..

Run it for longer intervals?!


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Re: what can used oil be used for? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4567256
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back in olden times, they would use it as a fire starter, and also sprayed on dusty roads to keep the dust down.

now they tell you that a tsp of oil can contaminate umpteen skillion gallons of ground water, or some such...

umm, soak metal tools to prevent rusting?...

if you had an OLD diesel, you could add it to the fuel tank, not like ALL of it, but... maybe 1/2gal per tank? (pulling that figure squarely out of my backside btw...)

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Re: what can used oil be used for? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4567268
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List it on Craigslist for $20. Bet someone will come take all of it away.

Re: what can used oil be used for? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4567281
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Pour it down your sink and shower drains - it will lubricate the plumbing and prevent clogs.

There's very little that can be done outside of burning it for heat, mixing in to diesel/fuel oil, rust prevention, or any number of environmentally irresponsible things you could imagine. I hear it's been used by cheapskate commercial landlords to prevent dry drains and traps (and the accompanying horrible stench).


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Re: what can used oil be used for? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4567288
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Think rural folks used to use it for a flea / tick " dip " for pets / live stock ?

Back when , use it to treat wood to " weather " proof wood . An Uncle had a 1962 model ( I think ) Chevy pick up with wood bead . He used used engine oil on the wood bed .

Remember Dad spraying the checken house with it to kill fleas / ticks .

And , as has been said , some politically incorrect applications .

Best to you all , :-)
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Re: what can used oil be used for? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4567291
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In my shop we burn used oil for our heaters.


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Re: what can used oil be used for? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4567305
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I used to live near a landfill that had a tank you could pour used oil in without having to deal with the auto parts store denizens. It was great.

Re: what can used oil be used for? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4567347
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I filter it in a paint strainer and use it to lubricate fench gates and mower blades after cleaning and sharpening for winter. Buddy of mine used my used synthetic oil in his Dodge PU. Just strained it, added two fresh quarts and ran it another 3k miles with new filter. No wander he came over to help me change oil AND he brought beer too.


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Re: what can used oil be used for? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4567351
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I use it for starting fires in my fire pit. One of these winters I'm going to build a heater out of a 55 gallon drum to burn it to heat my garage. I also use it as lubricant when cutting/drilling metal.


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Re: what can used oil be used for? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4567364
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Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
My truck holds 3 gallons of oil, so needless to say I have quite a few gallon jugs of oil. 18 to be exact. I know up north don't they burn it in heaters or something? I'm in the south so we don't do that here. What can I do with it besides haul it to the auto parts store?


The shop I used had a couple of oil tanks and they'd just filter the oil and pour it into the oil tank and use it for heat in the winter. They held about 275 gallons each. Shop said they didn't really have to buy much oil.

Re: what can used oil be used for? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4567372
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What happens to any contaminants in it when it's burned for heat? Like fuel, heavy metals and other carcinogens? Is it safe?


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Re: what can used oil be used for? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4567374
11/08/17 03:05 AM
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Safe?IDK but if its strained and has a filtration system on exhaust side it is as good as it gets. I'd exhaust filtration with pantyhose,old buffer pads and keep it slightly moist to keep pollution down. Old dryer filters work too


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Re: what can used oil be used for? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4567382
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Wow I can't believe some of the responses as I have been selling all of my used oil for over 15 years. Price varies from %.80-$1 per gallon, they bring a tank truck and pump it into the tank and write the check. I just use an old fuel oil tank for storage.


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Re: what can used oil be used for? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4567384
11/08/17 04:00 AM
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When I was a young fella, my grandmother would get me to paint the old wooden fence with used sump oil after my uncle did an oil change. Cheaper than paint and no insect would touch that fence. It's probably illegal to do that now.


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