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  • Filtering Waste Vegetable Oil

    Hi Everyone,

    Have been using SVO in my UTE for the past 80 000km and filtering my own oil using a simple but effective method.

    Basically i pick up all the waste oil from a local cafe.

    Pour it into a clean drum until it looks a bit gunky then stop.

    Pour that through 3 layers of sheer dress fabric that looks like silk screen into an IBC.

    Pump it into the ute and go.

    I end up dumping vast quantities of gunky oil that i am not sure how to salvage?

    Is there a better way of filtering this to get the most out of the drums without using a centrifuge?

    I would appreciate any suggestions and diagrams please?



    2002 Holden Rodeo
    1999 105 series landcruiser 1HZ

  • #2
    Re: Filtering Waste Vegetable Oil

    Hi Yendor
    Clocking up 80,000 km on your existing filtering is sufficient proof that what you are doing works. So “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”!.
    As for your “vast quantities of gunky oil”, perhaps advertise it on this forum for those adrenaline junkies who play with hazardous chemicals (ala our biodiesel brothers).??
    Alternatively, to reduce “waste”, try and source a supplier that provides cleaner oil. My favourite is Sushi restaurants. There is little animal fats etc that they cook and therefore vegie oil stay’s purer.
    Kind regards, Harvey
    1983 BJ42 Landcruiser (sold)
    1997 C250TD Mercedes-Benz 60,000 km on wvo


    • #3
      Re: Filtering Waste Vegetable Oil

      I keep all of the filter crud and mix with sawdust for use in our wood fired home heating system.
      We use the wood fire mostly for house heating, and veggie oil for heating water for showers, etc. One fire is stock wood burner and the other has an oil burner installed.
      Nothing wasted!
      Life is a journey, with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy.

      Current Vehicles in stable:
      '06 Musso Sports 4X4 Manual Crew Cab tray back.
      '04 Rexton 4X4 Automatic SUV
      '2014 Toyota Prius (on ULP) - Wife's car

      Previous Vehicles:
      '90 Mazda Capella. (2000 - 2003) My first Fatmobile. Converted to fun on veggie oil with a 2 tank setup.
      '80 Mercedes 300D. 2 tank conversion [Sold]
      '84 Mercedes 300D. 1 tank, no conversion. Replaced engine with rebuilt OM617A turbodiesel engine. Finally had good power. Engine donor for W123 coupe. (body parted out and carcass sold for scrap.)
      '85 Mercedes Benz W123 300CD Turbodiesel
      '99 Mercedes W202 C250 Turbodiesel (my darling Wife's car)[sold]
      '98 Mercedes W202 C250 Turbodiesel (my car)[sold]
      '06 Musso Sports Crew Cab well body. [Head gasket blew!]
      '04 Rexton SUV 2.9L Turbodiesel same as Musso - Our Family car.
      '06 Musso sports Crew Cab Trayback - My hack (no air cond, no heater).

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