What is a Waste Oil Heater? And How Does It Work?

Friday, 09 December 2022 20:00

In a world of waste, many business owners are seeking solutions to transform their own waste into something useful. One increasingly popular trend among many industries is to purchase a waste oil heater for “free heat” and “eco-friendly warmth.” These heating appliances run on old, dirty, used oil byproducts and are often used as a solution to cut down on operating costs and risk.

If you're considering buying a waste oil heater, you might be asking yourself questions like: how does a waste oil-burning heater actually work? Does it really provide environmentally friendly heat? How much money will it save my business? Let’s dive into these questions and more.

What Does a Waste Oil Heater Run on?

You would think this would be an easy answer, right? A waste oil heater runs on well... waste oil. The thing is that this answer is not completely black and white. There are different kinds of waste oils and even though waste oil heaters can take most waste oil byproducts, some may not be compatible.

Waste oils are any old type of synthetic or petroleum-based oils that can no longer be used for their original purposes. Most commonly, fuel oil, motor oil, hydraulic oil, or transmission fluid will generate used oil byproducts. Oil products officially become waste oil when the oil has been used and has impurities, breaks down, or has been too exposed to the elements. Auto repair companies, large industrial businesses, and many others in similar industries tend to generate significant quantities of waste oil.

Once the oil becomes unusable, the perpetual question has always been: what do you do with it now? Your options are limited and will include solutions like getting the waste oil recycled by a third-party service, which is basically throwing money away, or recycling it yourself and saving money. Unfortunately, you can't just dump it anywhere because that's illegal under federal law.

If your waste oil is going to be burned or stored away somewhere, why not burn it yourself? You can re-purpose your used oil with a commercial used oil heater to provide warmth in your workspace. By using this method, your company saves money on electricity bills and waste oil disposal costs.

How Does a Waste Oil Heater Work?

Waste oil heaters typically have two components – a fuel tank and a burner. The waste oil is stored in the fuel tank. There is a filter between the fuel tank and the burners which controls the flow of fuel to each individual burner at a constant rate.

Regular cleaning of the filter helps keep the heater running efficiently. The filtered fuel is heated to an optimal temperature and then atomized so that it burns well before entering the combustion chamber. Clean and efficient flames are created by atomizing fuel into tiny droplets.

From there, the carefully placed internal fan draws air to the flame to warm it up and directs it into the room. Exhausted gas must be vented out to let fresh air into the space by proper ventilation systems.

Any new system can come with a laundry list of questions about anything from efficiency, to install costs, maintenance and more. That’s why we make sure all your questions are answered before anything happens!

Ready to Invest in Your Business?

At Interstate Energy, we are the only Clean Burn distributors in Colorado and eastern Wyoming. This means we can offer the best variety of the top-performing waste oil heaters on the market: Clean Burn heating systems. We offer a wide range of products from small models for workshop and garage use to large industrial-grade heaters. No matter how much waste oil you generate, we can help you maximize its use with a waste oil heating system.

Contact us at Interstate Energy today to upgrade your business with an industry-leading waste oil heater.