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Old 07-23-2008, 07:49 PM
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Best places for WVO collection?

So, whats the best types of places to get WVO from? I've been kinda caught off guard by how hard it is to collect from places. Most of the places I have stopped in at already have people like us picking it up. I'd need to collect 75-100 gallons a week. Who uses more oil, and has enough of a supply? Do you all have 10+ places to collect from, or what? Thanks
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:05 PM
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Think out side the box besides restaurants:

taverns
hospitals, motels, old age homes and schools with cafeterias
summer festivals
county fairs
rodeos
community centers
grange/lodges
bed and breakfasts
caterers
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Caterers are a big one. They usually only use the oil once or twice and are usually hidden in business complexes.
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Thanks for the tips guys. I have my bio processor, I'm going to get a 275 gallon storage tank tomorrow (The ones with the cages around em), and another pump. (hehe, free, again) And going to pick up 20 gallons of wvo. Now I just have to find space to set it up. My shed isn't big enough, plus that's where the bike is. My bro has a enclosed trailer for sale, but spending 3g's isn't really cost effective. My buddy is all for me setting it up in his basement, but thats alot of work to go through to have him tell everyone it's his. (That's the way this guy operates) I'm still want to eventually get a vegistroke installed, but I'm doing bio until then.
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Dude I came up with another idea since you're in Maine. How about summer camps? Maine is loaded with them.
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Side note... you may want to reconsider a basement setup. Aside from the risk of burning down the house, if you collect a lot of cubies, you will get very tired of carrying them up and down stairs.
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I used to get grease from my cafeteria at work. They were quite happy to have me take it since they had to pay each time the barrel was full.

However take my advice... pumping WVO in the winter is nearly impossible. Make it a summer activity or get the facility to save your grease indoors. I started bringing my cafeteria 5gal buckets and they would drain into those each week when they cleaned the fryers and I'd pickup.

My setup at home was in an outbuilding and I'd pour the WVO into 50gal drums where it would promptly solidify in the winter. I used hundreds of watts of heaters to get it above gelling point to pump it through filters. It was a major pain. After a couple of "industrial accidents" in the outer garage I gave it up and sold or gave away most of my equipment.

If I were to do it over I would have two HW tanks and use one for storage and easier heating and pump from it through the filters to the other HW tank used for a reactor. Even then if you haven't done this much yet be prepared for dealing with large spills of very smelly grease. Also the resulting glycerin is the stickiest stuff in the world.

Oh well I'm waiting for someone to perfect the Algae reactor. Ummm, ummm nothing like the smell of dead algae
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