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Old 08-17-2005, 06:32 PM
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got 2 WVO sources, but what barrels to use?

So i went to the only 2 chinese super buffets in town today, (small Arkansas town) and both agreed to put their WVO in my barrel. i dont have any barrels yet, but i have called Yarnell's icecream place that has steel barrels. 55 gallon i think. is that the best type to use to put behind the store.

also should i just put my barrel next to the collections company dumpster? will they dump mine over, pour water in it, call me (i was going to put my name and number on it)? also if i get a steel drum should i make sure i get one with a steel lid?

also will the WVO smell a lot? should i be mindfull of my neighbors and have it somewhere else. i live in a small appartment and really dont have a back yard to store/settle my WVO in.

Your advice and knowledge are very welcome,

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Old 08-17-2005, 07:22 PM
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Barrels are heavy

Dan; Any chance that these places will just leave it for you in the cubes they probably get it in. I find that is a very handy way to transport used oil. However, if they want to dump it fast and maybe while it is quite hot, then you will need a large barrel with removable lid and you will have to pump it out of the barrel. A full barrel will weight over 400 pounds. I would say you will just have to work it out with other people who pick up garbage and trash. You know what kind of "handling" you get from a garbage truck and crew. Decent WVO does not have a bad smell. I have been working with it all summer in my garage and "yes" you can smell it. But it is cleaned up, I get rid of the animal grease in a hurry, and the cleaned up WVO does not smell bad. Your neighbors will never complain because of the smell.
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barrels

i got the best 55 gal plastic barrels given to me by a
car wash.. one of those long mechnized car washes...
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Old 08-17-2005, 08:35 PM
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Our local paper usually has ads for used plastic barrels. I'd go with plastic myself over steel. I bought some as trash cans from a local cosmetic company last year. They'd be great for wvo. If you can't anything locally, US Plastics sells all kinds of barrels and drums.
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Old 08-17-2005, 10:20 PM
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Post Dan;

Congrats on your sources;
I also got a 55gal plastic drum from a car wash. It was a drum that they got their Armor All (crap) in....I use it as my drum to filter into, & store filtered wvo in....
As far as the collection of your oil; 1st choice would be the cubies they may get it in;
2nd would be into 5 gallon pails they most likely get their soy sauce in from Kikkoman...they come with tight fitting lids..(You can ask if they have those , and would pour into those....) Hopefully they could let yo know what night they empty their fryer, and you could just pick them up that night, or 1st thing next morning. And maybe not have them stored out back. (Keep them away from the Collection service, even though they only come 1x/ month )
They are easy to take home fit 5 easy in your trunk, and no smell gets out in your apartment , so then you can filter and mix what you need and put it directly into your car.
This way you won't have any oil sitting aroud for smell or bugs or stray dogs...( I like those, they have handles too. )
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my only problem with cubies is that you end up with a huge collection of emptites, waaaaaaaaaaaaay more than you need. plus the cardboard surround. i have 6 of those to go out. i spose that i could take them to a restaurant and dump them in the paper prod dumpster but it feels wrong. i am collecting pickle pails to have the oil put into. some shops dump hot others cold. if they dump cold the open pail gives a good target rather than the 2 inch cubie hole. i have one place i leave 4. another i leave 4 and i keep about 8 for collection from the chinese places that only do 1 cubie a week.


sumthin to think about.
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I think that I would rather leave the cubies for the resturant to deposit the oil in and keep the 55 gal drum at home for storage. Don't quote me but if I'm not mistaken I think a full 55 gal. drum of oil weighs in the neighborhood of 400 lbs. I've only known three men in my life that could lift a full barrel and put it in a pick-up truck. These men are built like gorillas.
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Look for the 30gallon barrels. Grease and oil is shipped in them. The idea is to never have full barrells to move. The barrells are easiest for the restaurants to use. Just have several barrells and swap a empty for a partially full each time you collect. A small trailer is the simplest way to transport. A 1/4 or 1/3rd full barrell is easy to move with a handtruck, no pump required. RT
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Look for the 30gallon barrels. Grease and oil is shipped in them. The idea is to never have full barrells to move. The barrells are easiest for the restaurants to use. Just have several barrells and swap a empty for a partially full each time you collect. A small trailer is the simplest way to transport. A 1/4 or 1/3rd full barrell is easy to move with a handtruck, no pump required. RT
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haha no hernia for me.

i do have a trailer that i was thinking about using, possibly for storage too. when i talked to them they said " sure we can put it in yours," but they seemed a little confused. i would rather just give them a barrel for now, let me experiment some, and then after i have picked it up several times (and they dont think i am an idiot and it will fall through) maybe then i can ask them to cubie it.

i will try to show up with some of my friends too, kinda make them happy and make my case stronger. tomorrow i will call around and see what type of barrels i can gather up. thanks for all the input so far, gave me lots of places to drive to, or call up.

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I've actually been on the hunt for this too. Kind of funny, I told a friend of mine at work about my WVO plans and he was telling another co-worker who just so happens to be the head mananger of a restaurant in a city I drive through everyday. He said I can have all his WVO if I want.

Anyway another co-worker told me about this place that has a huge supply of barrels, I went out there but they seemed quite picked over. What I'd really like to find are some cheap plastic ones with resealable lids. They had steel resealables but they weren't for sale. I was half way thinking of using steel resealables for at the store, drop one off and then pick one up with a truck crane, take it home where it is gravity filtered into one of those 300gal plastic tanks. However I just read the other day that the see-through plastic containers cause the WVO to spoil a good deal sooner, I suppose I could just paint over most of it though.
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I think that I would rather leave the cubies for the resturant to deposit the oil in and keep the 55 gal drum at home for storage. Don't quote me but if I'm not mistaken I think a full 55 gal. drum of oil weighs in the neighborhood of 400 lbs. I've only known three men in my life that could lift a full barrel and put it in a pick-up truck. These men are built like gorillas.

this is exactly what the fil-rite diesel transfer pump at northern tool is for my friend. one end goes into the barrel and the other, a filling station nozzle, discharges into the bucket. about 135 bucks i think. runs off the battery or cut the wires and attach to a power cord plug.
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