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Old 12-12-2010, 01:12 PM
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Which micron size 55 gallon drum prefilter

ok so I want to buy one of those 55 gallon drum pre-filters that lay on top of the 55 gallon drums. Of course I would love the 75 micron one but not really sure which one to get. This is going to be strictly to prefilter and then it will get centrifuged. I have a pump that will recirculate hot oil into the prefilter to help it flow faster. Any suggestions?
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If it's a pre filter ONLY I would use a coarse filter. Any of the fine mesh ones will gunk up real quick.

I pre filter with a 600 micron, then settle for about a month, then drain off 5 gallons then transfer the oil over to my centrifuge feed drum, settle for about a wk, drain off another 5 gallons, then run it through the centrifuge ONCE at 140 degrees.

I used a 100 micron pre filter before and found it to be to frustrating. I'm happy with how I do it now.

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i have a 400 micron drum prefilter.
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FML: I ordered it this morning from DUDA diesel but got the 100 micron. Oh well. I guess I will have to buy another one. I clogged my first filter at 604 miles and realized yesterday that my pre filter pants leg had a hole in it.
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At 100 micron you will need you oil 140 deg or more and pump it real slow..

I use 600 prefileter then heat up to about 180 and let it settle for a week.
If i dont have time for that because i dont have much in supply, then I have a 400 and 200 mesh.
I use the 600 mesh, then heat the oil to about 150 and pump it through the 400 mesh for 10 minutes or so then again through the 200 before it goes up to the gravity barrel for the centrifuge.

off topic but
Just saw you from 29 palms. They still have it were if you run over some near extinct turtle or scare it (because its like a nervous dog and pisses itself and dies from dehydration) you get jail time or $10k fine?
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I guess Im not going to be happy about this prefilter but this is all about learning.
If you run over a tortoise the rule is to step on the gas hard. Joking aside its well known about the tortoises and they are hard to miss. On base I dont think there is a fine unless someone can prove you did it intentionally. I have lived here for 6.5 years and saw my first desert tortoise about 2 months ago on the main road inside the base.
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