Used Vegetable Oil is a practical source of nearly free energy, that is renewable & eco friendly.
WVO as a fuel has many benefits. some of them are listed below:
Politics. Why increase our reliance on foreign oil when we can use a source of plant fuel grown domestically?
Environmentally friendly, WVO is a carbon neutral or carbon positive fuel. The carbon dioxide emitted by burning WVO is not "new" CO2 being put into the atmosphere. Since vegetable oil is created by plants, the carbon dioxide emitted was originally pulled from the atmosphere by the plant. Hence the term "carbon neutral." Some studies suggest that WVO is actually carbon positive, in that it does not emit as much CO2 as the plant absorbs during it's lifetime.
Economics. Last but certainly not least, WVO can save you money. There is an up-front investment to upgrade your burner, but after that investment, it's pretty much free fuel! WVO can usually be obtained for free from resturants (they have to pay someone, usually a "rendering" company to take it away)
With many concerned about the high cost of fuel, more and more people are looking to alternative fuels like reused waste oils. Many brave souls are taking up the challenge to minimize the use of imported petroleum products. Waste vegetable oil is no longer simply an inconvenient by-product of culinary endeavor. It is a viable fuel option to be used like petrolium fuel oil. Proper and safe use will require a burner that has been converted or designed to accept WVO.
Like newspapers, bottles and aluminium cans, waste cooking oil won't be recycled effectively without locally based initiatives, it has to start at the source. Don't wait for governments or anyone else to solve these problems with the same kind of thinking that caused the problems in the first place. Do it yourself -- tend to your own waste of energy and of other scarce resources, shrink your eco-footprint.
Ask yourself, do you use heat? What are the costs?
You can Build your own low cost WVO Burner. Convert a wood stove, corn or wood pellet stove to burn WVO. There are many uses for free heat, just imagine
You can also convert a diesel generater and or boiler / furnace to use WVO as fuel. (future projects) Actually WVO clean energy could supply Heat, Air conditioning as well as Electric power with some effort. Using WVO for fuel is not only good for the earth, it can definitely save you Money too.
What is A WVO Burner ?
Basicly A Burner is a device for converting oil from a liquid state into a combustible mixture.
There are many different types of oil burners. some with wicks like old fashioned lanterns, others with complex pressure jet burners, but we have been developing a deceptively simple hybrid atomizing & vaporizing burner, configured especially for corn or pellet stoves.
The Ultimate Pipe Burner system is very simple to assemble and operate. Fuel can be burned which is unsuitable for typical comercial atomizing burners.
Babington atomization can boost burner performance, our latest burner is a simple hybrid between a Babington and a Vaporizing pipe burner.
Our burner designs have a good reputation for reliability and ease of maintenance, yet their efficiency rivals and often surpass some of the more complex and often temperamental options.
Electronic Controls for Automation and safety:
The Fire-Site Automated Stove Control Unit (FASCU) is an open source sensing and control unit being designed
to solve a broad range of stove control, instrumentation and automation needs. Based on Arduino, which is an open-source
electronics prototyping platform with flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software.
As the primary FASCU development site, we will share the development progress and vision as it evolves and as always
look forward to everyone's input.
Use your burner for free Hot water too, see my Hot tub heater Blog entry and photo gallery for details!
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Fuel sources energy content:
* diesel (~140,000 BTU/gallon)
* biodiesel (~130,000 BTU/gallon)
* kerosene (~140,000 BTU/gallon)
* waste transmission / motor oil (~150,000 BTU/gallon)
* waste vegetable oil (WVO) (~130,000 BTU/gallon)"
*Corn at 13% moisture ~ 7,316 BTU per pound
*Wood pellets vary ~ 8,000 BTU per pound
Statistics are averages taken from various online company websites