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Old 01-05-2017, 07:58 AM
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is straining through cloth good enough?

a neighbor gave me a few 5 gallon jugs of cooking oil (used to cook turkeys). I thought I could burn it in my diesel. A few questions--


1. can I just strain the oil by pouring it through some old tshirts? I plan to pour them into buckets with old tshirts as strainers. is that good enough?


2. after I clean it of sediment, can I pour it into my diesel? will it ruin anything like the injection pump or gum up the fuel tank?


3. is this even a good idea considering how cheap fuel is? the car is running wonderfully well right now and I would hate myself if I ruined it with some hare-brained idea to burn veg oil.


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Old 01-05-2017, 10:05 AM
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yes it should be fine,however wait till freezing temps,so the turkey fat will turn solid.
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:11 AM
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I would let it sit for 60 to 90 days. That settling should get you to 50 microns or so. You can buy a 1 micron nominal sock for around 5 bucks. Because it's Thanksgiving grease, it is probably already pretty clean to start with. I would invest in a sock and yes the straining should be OK.
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:47 AM
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thanks for the responses guys. based on what you have informed me of, this is not for me. too much trouble for $3 a gallon of diesel.


I have put an ad on cl for the veg oil. I will give it away
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:52 AM
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Burning WVO really only makes sense if you drive a lot and use WVO virtually exclusively. However, if you drive 20K or so a year, and get @ 25 MPG, then 800 gallons @ $2.20 per gallon = $1,700-ish is worth the hassle over the long run.
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Old 01-05-2017, 11:17 AM
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Remember 2008? $5/gallon diesel.
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Old 01-05-2017, 11:36 AM
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Remember 2008? $5/gallon diesel.
oh yes I do! I had a big 350sdl then and I would shock the fuel attendant when I would say....'I want $100 of fuel from pump 1". lol.
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Old 01-05-2017, 11:40 AM
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WVO made a lot of sense then ...
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Old 01-06-2017, 11:50 AM
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WVO made a lot of sense then ...
And it will inevitably again in the future. I'm holding on to my old WVO stuff until the time is right.
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And it will inevitably again in the future. I'm holding on to my old WVO stuff until the time is right.
I sold out --- but then again, I only drive my MB occasionally because of insurance. If fuel spikes again, may be back to being a greazzer ... lol
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I would just filter it using t-shirt or a pair of jean. Blend 1 gallon, may be 2, per tank. Car should run just fine. You probably will find the car runs quieter with the wvo lubrication.
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