In times of financial difficulty, finding ways to save money is important to any home or business. One required expenditure which can become costly if not managed effectively is the way which a property or office is heated. Fortunately, there is both an economical and environmental way to achieve this in the form of waste oil heaters.
A waste oil heater can utilize various used oils, including recycled oil, used motor oils, used transmission fluids amongst many others. These oils are heated quickly and safely using the specialized heaters. Due to the consumption of these kinds of oil, they are more popular with businesses which produce their own waste oil. However, for businesses that don’t produce waste oil or home owners, these oils can still be purchased at a fraction of the price from places which produce such oils – examples are garages, restaurants and industrial estates.
Manual Waste Oil Heaters
Whilst most waste oil heaters are similar in design and appearance, there are some slight variations. The ignition of the oil can be either manual or automatic. On manual machines, a pre heat burner will need to be ignited by the user, and full operation will start 30 minutes later. With manual machines, there is usually no thermostat – the temperature is set to either low or high.
Automatic Waste Oil Heaters
On machines with automatic ignition, the process will begin straight away. Automatic machines may also have an internal thermostat or timer which can be implemented so that the temperature can be adjusted as required.
Drip Feed Waste Oil Heaters
An additional option which may be beneficial for certain businesses is a fitted pump or motor which can be used to drip feed oil from an external source directly into the heater. Waste oil heaters employing this type of refuelling are known as drip feed waste oil heaters. This method will save the user having to top up the oil levels on a regular basis and also helps reduce the amount of maintenance required.
DIY Waste Oil Heaters
Although the long term financial benefits by purchasing a waste oil heater are evident, the initial expenditure may be too much for some. For this reason, some people may turn towards attempting to build a DIY waste oil heater. Although potentially possible, many waste oil heater producers recommend this is not attempted due to the potential hazards which can arise from the fumes produced when burning such oils. Many companies are certified and use designated contractors to fit the heaters correctly, so attempting to build one from scratch is not recommended, especially in an enclosed environment. However, for those wishing to learn how to build a waste oil heater, there are examples of waste oil heater plans available online, although caution should be shown and professional advice should be sought before using them.
Waste Oil Heater Benefits
One of the key environmental benefits of a waste oil heater is the ability to re-use waste oils rather than disposing of them. These oils are not easily recyclable and cannot simply be drained into a landfill or sewer, which adds another eco friendly aspect. Financially, there also benefits due to reduced costs on heating. Companies which produce their own waste oil could even see their emission costs drop to nothing at all. So not only can you keep your money in your pocket, you can also dramatically reduce your carbon footprint.