Jeremy McLeod on sat 10 may 03
The recent CM article (or was it PMI? I'm not sure) featuring the
veggie oil fired kiln system caught my attention as a really good idea.
Make friends with a local "greasy spoon" and fire away. Feels like
a win-win to me!
I'm wondering if other clayarters have had experience with oil fired
kilns and might point toward URL's or books on the subject.
Paul Herman on mon 12 may 03
I too was intrigued by the vegetable oil burner.
My small experience with oil burning was firing a waste oil burner (used
motor oil) at Tuscarora Pottery school. So I'll recommend again Dennis
Parks, "A Potter's Guide to Raw Glazing and Oil firing". He uses a
blower on his kilns. Basically drizzling the oil in front of the air
blast, which in a red hot kiln, makes an effective burner.
It was fun to fire the thing, I passed one test by not making a lake of
burning oil outside the kiln.
I know, I just recommended this book a couple of days ago, but here it
is again. I'm not connected, other than knowing Dennis.
Great Basin Pottery
423-725 Scott Road
Doyle, California 96109 US
>From: Jeremy McLeod
>Subject: Recycled Veggie Oil Kiln?
>Date: Sat, May 10, 2003, 9:24 PM
> I'm wondering if other clayarters have had experience with oil fired
> kilns and might point toward URL's or books on the subject.
> Jeremy McLeod
Des & Jan Howard on tue 13 may 03
In NSW, & I thought Oz wide, food wastes are not allowed
to be fed to animals (& humans too, I would imagine).
Waste cooking oil in our area is either picked up from the
food outlet or the Mudgee waste facility by a contractor on a
monthly basis. The facility manager told me the waste
cooking oil is used for lubricating mining machinery or is
shipped overseas & used in lipstick manufacture
(had a good snigger about this one).
The greater use of synthetic motor oils & modern engine
design is doubling or greater the time between oil changes,
less waste oil available (the potter Des sighs, the conservationist
Des cheers). Mention was made of one bistro that might be
a possibility for me, I'll check them out today.
The Kroll waste oil heaters that Lyla mentioned were
originally made in our region, but have moved operations
to Melbourne. I got the video from the company,
was fascinated by the principle, expensive tho'.
Being somewhat frugal (please note, frugal is not the
same as cheapskate :), & having a smaller
installation footprint for siting the device
I am building my own system.
> Yes, I thought about this and mad an approach to a local fried food outlet.
> "Sorry" as the reply. "I sell it to a local Pig Farmer who uses it as a food additive for his stock"
> Even Sump Oil is becoming recyclable and is no longer available. As EPA's tighten their grip such short cuts to potting profits are being removed from our grasp.
Des & Jan Howard
LUE NSW 2850
Ph/Fax 02 6373 6419