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« on: April 17, 2009, 03:58:56 pm »
Hi all.
I'm just starting my waste oil heater journey up here @ Crossfield  Alberta, Canada. (just north of Calgary)
I've salvaged a used nat.gas h2o htr, and plan to follow the Roger Sander's program.

First question:  Has anyone tried NOT filtering used auto oil before use?  Seems to me that so long as there is no particulate material larger than the needle valve opening, there should be no trouble???? (he said knowing he has no experience!)

Second question: Short of buying R.S.'s needle valve, does anyone know of a common part with the proper level of control?  Has anyone taken a file to the ball of a ball valve, to allow a more "tapered flow"?

Cheers,  Gorram. (short for "Gorram Reavers" an obscure sci-fi reference)   :)


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Re: Howdy
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2009, 10:00:52 pm »
Welcome Gorram!  Its always good to hear from our neighbors to the north!!

Unfortunately I don't have any experience with a drip system so I cant really answer your questions.  Now that the heating season is about done, the site hasn't had much for visitors, but hopefully someone will be able to help you out.

As far as filtering the oil on a drip system, I wouldn't think you would need to as long as it is relatively clean.  You could run it through a 5 gallon pail strainer just to be sure there is nothing big in there.

Not sure what to say about the ball valve.

Good luck on your heater!