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Welcome Center / Re: Hello
« on: July 09, 2018, 07:29:54 am »
Welcome Maxndozer!

Where are you from and what kind of wast oil heater are you interested in?

Enjoy the forum!

Welcome Center / Re: Hello From Utah
« on: April 08, 2018, 12:30:45 pm »
Greetings bmilesmiles!

Glad you stopped by and joined.  Our members have certainly shared some good knowledge for all of us to learn.  Enjoy the forum and let us know how your progress goes!


Welcome Center / Re: Hello and thank you for letting me join!
« on: March 25, 2018, 12:38:15 pm »
Just as Nubs said, all waste oil burners need cleaning a few times a year.  As for the CK kit its self, the only thing I have ever done to it is remove the nozzle and clean it.  I guess I did have to replace an o-ring one time, but other than that, the kit is very low maintenance.  Cleaning junk off the head and removing ash from the burn chamber is something I have to do a few times a year, but other than that, the system really works well.

Welcome Center / Re: Hello and thank you for letting me join!
« on: March 24, 2018, 09:45:17 pm »
The CK kit is what I run in my boiler.  Its a great kit!  Hey, as long as the diesel keeps the waste oil thin enough to still create a good spray and burn properly, I dont see any harm in what you are doing.  The CK kit will just help you get straight waste oil thin enough to atomize and burn properly.  It sounds like you are on your way to burning 100% waste oil!

Welcome Center / Re: Hello and thank you for letting me join!
« on: March 24, 2018, 05:59:50 pm »
Greetings itstheburns327!

Glad you were able to get past the anti spam measures  :D.

What kind of heater are you looking to build?  A converted home heating oil boiler is my favorite, but there are many was of doing it.

Best of luck with your project!


Waste Motor Oil / Re: New and have questions!
« on: March 14, 2018, 08:00:17 pm »
For sure, thats the beauty of a drip system, no power required!

Check out some of the threads here:

and here:

Maybe you can get some ideas from others that have gone down this road before.

Good luck!

Welcome Center / Re: Glad I found this place
« on: March 13, 2018, 06:59:48 pm »
The picture showed up just fine.  That is an interesting looking heater.  Are those pipes in the back the exhaust?

Waste Motor Oil / Re: New and have questions!
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:31:32 pm »
Sounds like a plan Tbggyoutube, turn some of that oil into heat!  I don't have any good info to contribute to building a drip system, but browse around the forum and I think there are a few threads with some nice drip systems.

Best of luck with your project and stay safe!


Waste Motor Oil / Re: Collecting/Transporting Drain oil
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:28:41 pm »
I dont burn anywhere near that amount, so I transport in small, easy to handle containers.  I have a collection of 15 gallon containers spread out around the area.  I try to swap the full ones out with empties during the summer.  Sometimes I run into 30 or 55 gallon barrels, but I don't have equipment to handle them, so I usually end up pumping into smaller containers.

Welcome Center / Re: Glad I found this place
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:25:34 pm »
Welcome Nubs!  Glad you found the site.  It sounds like you have a bit of experience burning oil.  Yea, post up some pics and lets see how you are making that drain oil burn!

Enjoy the forum!


Welcome Center / Re: New member introduction
« on: February 22, 2018, 08:39:46 pm »
Welcome to the forum MT6!  Sounds like an interesting setup you have there with the solar hot water panels.  Wow, I'm amazed that you can get that much heat out of them!  Sounds like you have a pretty nice combo with the solar & waste oil.  Good luck with your project!


Welcome Center / Re: Just wanted to introduce myself
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:22:10 pm »
Greetings Ron!  Thanks for stopping by.  We have a small community here, but it seems to grow every year.  Great story you have and I like the fact that you make all that you can.  That should prove to be very helpful in your waste oil heater project.  Are you from the states?

Have fun and stay safe!


Waste Motor Oil / Re: solid state relay
« on: January 31, 2018, 09:58:45 pm »
I don't have heat sinks on mine currently, but I am thinking of adding them.  I actually have 2 SSR's in my system.  One controls the cartridge heater and the other controls the small compressor and blower motor.  I haven't ever had a problem with the cartridge heater relay, but I have with the other.  I suspect its because it is a continuous load rather than the intermittent load from the cartridge heater. 

What happens is that when the water reaches high temp, the aquastat cuts power to the cartridge heater and when the block drops below 200 degrees, the alarm contacts on the PID open and shut the relay off that controls the compressor and blower motor.  If it's cold out and the boiler starts again soon after it shut down, the relay is still hot and wont provide full current to the compressor and blower motor causing the system not to start.  If I jump the terminals with a wire, the system will start and run fine, but it's the initial start up that doesn't work.  If the system cools down more, then it has no problem starting again, so its definitely a heat problem.

You probably wouldn't have a problem just running the cartridge heater, but heat sinks are cheap and if you have room for it, it certainly wont hurt.

Waste Motor Oil / Re: solid state relay
« on: January 24, 2018, 10:03:17 pm »
Ahh yes, so very similar to what I have going on I would imagine.  Reply #5 shows what I am using for my relay:

I'm a fan of Opto 22 SSR's.  They have always worked well for me and they are made in the USA.

My PID has an SSR output, so it supplies 12VDC to the SSR which turns the cartridge heater on and off.  I see that the instructions for my PID also list a model that outputs AC for the use with a mechanical style relay.  So are you saying that your PID is sending 110VAC to the relay for turning the relay on and off?  If so, I would think any of these should work:

Check ebay for the part numbers.  I have had good luck finding brand new relays at good prices.

Waste Motor Oil / Re: solid state relay
« on: January 24, 2018, 12:26:31 pm »
Greetings Doug!  I would sure think it would be possible.  What is the trigger voltage for your current relay and is it AC or DC?  SSR's have a pretty wide control voltage range.  For example, the ones I have laying on my desk work with 3 to 32VCD for their control voltage.  They also make ones that trigger off of AC if you need.  Also, what is the load voltage and current?

A while back I built a sump pump controller with an arduino board.  We live in a very wet area and all of the commercially available controllers and switches kept wearing out, so I built my own with components I knew I could replace if they went bad.  Of course the mechanical relay was the weak spot.  After going through 2 mechanical relays in a short time, I knew I needed to move to an SSR.  After installing the SSR I haven't had to touch it since.  Your reliability will certainly increase.

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