An Easy Way To Filter WVO
of trouble-free motoring on veg oil since converting on 18th June 2008
I get lots of people writing to me saying things like, "You're set up is okay, but is there anything easier?" Well yes, there is - IF YOU COLLECT YOUR WASTE VEGETABLE OIL IN CUBIES check out this YouTube Video...
What's a cubie? One of those large semi-transparent plastic containers - roughly cube shaped. If you're not lucky enough to collect your Waste Vegetable Oil in a cubie, sorry, stick with one of the other systems I describe. But if you do, this page is for you.
If you're lucy enough to be able to take advantage of this method, do check out the video for helpful tips and a handy animation.
Filtering WVO The Really Easy Way
- A large barrel / container, with an outlet (tap / faucet) a few inches above the bottom of the base.
- Three filter socks - one x 25 micron, one x 5 micron, one x 1 micron.
- A clean, empty container (a large bucket will do).
- A course filter medium - nothing too fine. Something that would strain tea or sieve flour would be perfect.
Collect your WVO cubies until you have a reasonable quantity. Let them sit unmolested for a couple of weeks. Do NOT place them in sunlight and ideally keep them somewhere away from the elements. Let the WVO settle until you can clearly see a fatty layer at the bottom of the cubie.
Getting Started... Day 1
Poke a small hole in one of the cubies half an inch or so above the fatty debris and let the oil drip down through your sieve / mesh, into a clean container. The mesh should be fine enough to catch crumbs, bits, batter, etc, but not so fine as it slows the flow of oil. This may 3 or four minutes to set in motion. Now walk away - job done.
Suspend your filter socks, one inside the other, above your barrel using the handles attached. Empty the oil that dripped into your container from (from Day 1) into the socks, allowing the oil to pass through the socks into the barrel. Then take another wvo container, poke a hole and let it drain into the now empty container as you did on Day 1. Now walk away - job done. That took maybe four or fives minutes
The Days That Follow
Repeat this process described in Day 2 every day until you've got enough in your barrel to run your car for 2 to 3 weeks. THEN LET IT SIT TWO MORE WEEKS. Don't disturb it. Don't agitate it. You want the water that MAY be in there to settle below the level of the tap.
After this it's ready to use. Emptying the tank and filling your car may take an hour or so, so leave this until a weekend. Then immediately start poking holes and getting more oil ready.
Create A Routine
That's it. Easy or what? You'll quickly adapt and learn a routine. The trick is NOT to rush the beginning. The temptation is to take your first container and pour it into your car. Never do that! Be patient, invest a few weeks at the beginning whilst still running on diesel, then with a good routine that takes less than five minutes each day you can always have good clean oil on standby.