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Used Motor Oil
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Gyp611    Posted 01-13-2003 at 15:53:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am sure everyone that lives in the country has the same problem. What do you do with your used motor oil?? I have tractors, lawnmowers, tillers, etc. so generate a few gallons of waste oil each year. The local service station will take it but I was wondering if someone had a creative use for it that I have not thought about.


Taylor Lambert    Posted 01-18-2003 at 22:34:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Its the best Mange treatment available, Our neighbors 300 dollar Sharpe had the mange they thought it was gonna have to be put to sleep cause the vet couldnt treat it. I got him muzzled up and mixed sulphur and burnt motor oil in a rubber maid tub held him in it and rubbed it in all over taking care not to get in his eyes they are messy a few days but it gets rid of it. I ve used it to soak pine posts in barrels of it to make it last longer, also let dry kindlin soak it up to make water proof fire starter.
I have a freind with a hot water heater coer stripped down with a pan that has kindlin in it and it heats a small metal pan when the fire heats the pan hot enough we let the oil drip on it it will burn hot and go out a metal funneled flue. they heat a green house with it. Also goes in there old hunting shack to.


mike    Posted 01-14-2003 at 08:08:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have an outdoor wood furnace and burn all the used oil in it I can get my hands on. 2-3 people bring it to me along what we have ourselves. Just load the stove w/ wood and then saturate it w/ a gallon of oil


Fawteen    Posted 01-14-2003 at 06:39:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
A lot of creative uses there.

I'm not normally in favor of the Safety Nazis or the Hyperactive Environmental Scare-force, but used oil has some NASTY stuff in it. I'd be real leery of letting it get into MY groundwater. Treating my trailer deck with it seems like a good idea tho, I'll have to try that.

I take mine to a local mechanic that has a waste-oil furnace.


Ana    Posted 01-14-2003 at 05:06:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I keep some in a bucket of sand. Stick in the hoes, shovels, etc. Keeps them rust-free, sharp, and ready to go. I usually just stick them in and leave them, then I know where they are too.


genenky(8n450577)    Posted 01-14-2003 at 03:38:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i use it in my chainsaws instead of buying -bar and chain oil. i like the one about the trailer will try it this year gene n ky


buck    Posted 01-13-2003 at 18:26:23       [Reply]  [No Email]

Years ago Dad would get the oil from the service station and soaked everything that moved with it. Some of the wooden gates he made and soaked in it are still in use 40 years later. I use it on all metal tools and things that are stored outside or in pole barn and on the few implements that I have. I keep my vices anvils drill press shop press and the like covered with oil soaked rags to keep away the rust and keep them lubricated. also gate hinges and latches After cleaning I soak all my paint brushes in oil then shape them and wrap in the oily rags and they stay like new for years.


Okie-Dokie    Posted 01-13-2003 at 17:13:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Used to just change the oil, then dump it right back in the diesel tank and the truck never knew the differance.Don't know if I would do this with today's computer engines.


BOSS    Posted 01-13-2003 at 16:15:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rub it on your old car, like you would when you are waxing it. Boy, does it make it all nice and shiney. It will go through a few rains, then do it again.


Spence    Posted 01-13-2003 at 16:04:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why not re-use it.

Pass it through 3 rolls of toilette paper on
edge and it'll come out clear as gold.

Then pass that thru some filter carbon and
coffee filters and your all set.



John    Posted 05-14-2004 at 11:41:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Spence,
Is it possible to get all the soot out so that it looks "golden" like new?
From what I understand about the tp filters, by absorbing the moisture, also get the acid out of the oil.
I'd like to recycle my drain oil into chain oil good enough to sell to the neighbors. Chain saws have a very tight positive displacement oil pump that drain oil will tend to ruin quickly because of the particles of crud in it.
Could you share your setup for "triple filtering"?
Never mind the naysayers, one "used" roll will heat the shop for a couple of hours.


Matthew    Posted 09-03-2003 at 21:55:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Another thought.... we were looking to reduce the amount of useless material on hand or waste waiting to go to the dump. By the time you are done "cleaning" the oil, you would have oil that is deficient in additives and a bought 5 pounds of hazardous material......


Fawteen    Posted 01-14-2003 at 06:41:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Again, just my opinion, and anybody should do just as they please, but...

Your process gets the big chunks out, but doesn't do anything for the acids that build up in used oil. I personally wouldn't use it in the engine of a $20,000 vehicle just to save the $10 a coupla quarts of new oil will cost ya.


kraig WY    Posted 01-13-2003 at 16:04:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have two diesel trucks and a dsl. tractor. They generate a lot of used oil.

Since I am enviormently friendly I save it in a 55 gal drum. I put in the cattle guard to keep down weeds and grass. Use it to soak fence poles before building fences. Put some in the burn barrel to get it to burn hotter and completely. I believe in recycling.


Gary, Mt. Hermon. La    Posted 01-13-2003 at 16:01:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I mix it with some desiel fuel and mop it on the decks of my trailers, twice or thrice a year. It soaks right in and really makes a good wood preservative. Also put the mixture in an old garden sprayer and use it to get bon fires going.


Donna from Mo    Posted 01-13-2003 at 15:55:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
We used to smear it on our hogs, when we had them, to kill lice. It works, too! But I don't think that is an environmentally sound thing to do.


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