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Old 06-09-2005, 03:39 PM
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What do you use to clean your WVO sock filters?

I just started filtering WVO last week by using a bunch of sock filters. After a few gallons go through, I scrape out the "gravy" that accumulates inside. I've noticed lately that the filters are taking longer to drain so it seems they're probably getting plugged up. Is there a prefered method of washing them? I don't want to have to toss them out if there's a way to clean them better.
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Old 06-09-2005, 03:51 PM
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Simple Green will probably work well. Get the concentrate in the gallon jug.

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Old 06-09-2005, 04:13 PM
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Nothing I've found works better than plain old Dawn dishwashing soap and warm water.

I tried Simply Green. It works well, but its not as cost effective as Dawn.
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I have two buckets of diesel that I use. I first scrape the bags out, then I let them soak in the first bucket, ring it out really good, and then let it sit in the second bucket for a while, makes them like new again. The diesel is good for a lot cleanings.
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I've just brewed my first batch of biodiesel-it looks beautiful!
I've yet to finalize my filtration method. My current idea is to use disposable fryer filters for the first pass, then pump the liquid gold through a Frantz-style filter that houses toilet paper, of all things.
I don't bubblewash-I let it sit and settle for 3 weeks, then filter.
Would a sock filter be a better alternative then the fryer filters?
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Old 06-09-2005, 08:56 PM
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Regular ol' gasoline will desolve that fatty stuff almost instantly. I filter my oil through 5 micron filter bags and after about every five gallons or so I take them out to another bucket that's filled about halfway with RUG and let them soak for about five minutes and they're good to go.
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Old 06-11-2005, 10:52 PM
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Cleaning filters

I am running WVO, about 70 % with the temperature as high as it is and I have to use it up. But that WVO can really mess up filters. I am using nothing but home stuff and it seems to work well. My basic filter cloths are all about a square yard, nylon and cotton. When I filter 2 or 3 cubes of really "gooky stuff" I overlay my filter cloths with two or three lays of old tee shirts. These tee shirts really do catch the heavy stuff, and when the filter slows down I remove the top one and throw it into my turkey fryer. When I am finally done with my first run filtering I take all my cloths and put them into this turkey deep fat fryer pan and am pretty generous with Dawn dish washing soap. Then I fill that pan with water and put it on the burner and use an old toilet plunger as a manual washing machine. Bring it to a boil, take it off the burner and start adding cold water. Then with a stick I pull out one cloth at a time and rinse it out and in a few minutes I have them clean enough that my dear Wife will allow them in the washing machine. When I did this the first time, my cloths were not hemmed and they really got tied up in the washing machine. So I cut off the frayed edges and Reta put a hem on all of them. Then I do a final filter through "Levi Jeans" pants pipes. It is fast, easy and the material is very inexpensive. The car runs very well, though down a little on power it seems. Still it does 0 to 60 at 15 seconds with out the A/C on. I do my filtering in and/or over 3 of the 42 gallon garbage cans with a square top, one handle and the little wheels on the back. Works very well!


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Old 06-12-2005, 08:09 AM
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I am running WVO, about 70 % with the temperature as high as it is and I have to use it up. But that WVO can really mess up filters. I am using nothing but home stuff and it seems to work well. My basic filter cloths are all about a square yard, nylon and cotton. When I filter 2 or 3 cubes of really "gooky stuff" I overlay my filter cloths with two or three lays of old tee shirts. These tee shirts really do catch the heavy stuff, and when the filter slows down I remove the top one and throw it into my turkey fryer. When I am finally done with my first run filtering I take all my cloths and put them into this turkey deep fat fryer pan and am pretty generous with Dawn dish washing soap. Then I fill that pan with water and put it on the burner and use an old toilet plunger as a manual washing machine. Bring it to a boil, take it off the burner and start adding cold water. Then with a stick I pull out one cloth at a time and rinse it out and in a few minutes I have them clean enough that my dear Wife will allow them in the washing machine. When I did this the first time, my cloths were not hemmed and they really got tied up in the washing machine. So I cut off the frayed edges and Reta put a hem on all of them. Then I do a final filter through "Levi Jeans" pants pipes. It is fast, easy and the material is very inexpensive. The car runs very well, though down a little on power it seems. Still it does 0 to 60 at 15 seconds with out the A/C on. I do my filtering in and/or over 3 of the 42 gallon garbage cans with a square top, one handle and the little wheels on the back. Works very well!


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That's alot of work. I simply heat up the WVO in the original cubies. I heat it in a home made greenhouse I made out of windows someone was throwing away. a $40 electric fuel pump and a $3 fuel filter straight into the tank. When the filter starts to collapsed (after about 100 gallons) I throw it away and get a new one.

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