ABOUT WASTE OIL

INDUSTRY HISTORY

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About Waste Oil

Some people remember when waste oil was much more of an environmental problem. From the earliest days of the automotive industry, when people thought nothing of pouring waste motor oil into nearby streams and waterways, things have changed dramatically.

It is true that oil is a natural product and will eventually break down in the environment. Certain microbes have been found that attack petroleum and help convert it over time into carbon dioxide, water and other basic elements as found in nature. However, with the volume of waste oil products generated in industrialized societies, and its proximity to fresh water sources and water supplies, for example, waste oil represents a potentially serious environmental problem.

The 1970’s Oil Crisis

In the 1970s there was a petroleum crisis of another sort. Gasoline and fuel oil supplies were threatened by lack of control over imports as well as by rising demand and fluctuations in oil refinery capacity. People waited in line for $2 worth of gasoline or less. Prices soared. Tempers flared.

At about that time, Ben Smoker, a resourceful businessman and inventor in Lancaster County, PA, came up with a simple and creative idea that would revolutionize the handling and economics of waste oil disposal, and give birth to a new industry. Having already patented several energy related products, Smoker’s approach was pure common sense for auto repair shops and other facilities where waste oil is plentiful.

The Creative Idea Behind Clean Burn

Why not burn the dirty motor oil you already have instead of paying a lot of money for scarce and expensive fuel oil?

The first prototypes involved steel drums and old fuel oil burners. But it was soon discovered that burning waste oils for heat recovery would require more advanced technology than existed at the time.

An Industry Is Born

The development of the first Clean Burn waste oil furnaces in 1979 marked the creation and refinement of a new technology: waste oil combustion for heat recovery in a self contained, efficient and affordable system.

Today Clean Burn continues to lead the world in waste oil combustion equipment and technological expertise. Which is why when the story of waste oil furnaces is told, the story begins and ends with Clean Burn.

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WASTE OIL

Clean Burn waste oil furnaces and boilers turn a used product into a valuable fuel, thus conserving natural energy supplies. Here are some interesting facts.

  • Waste oil possesses nearly twice the energy value of coal and more energy than #2 fuel oil.
  • One gallon of waste oil has the same amount of energy as 18 kilowatt hours of electricity.
  • Two gallons of waste oil can provide electricity to run the average household for approximately 24 hours or… cook 48 meals in a microwave … blow-dry your hair 216 times … vacuum your house for 15 months … or keep your TV on for 180 hours.
  • You have a “Cradle to Grave” liablity when your waste oil leaves you business.
  • Owners and managers can be held responsible and fined for accidental oil spills.
  • The EPA encourages on-site recycling.
  • Your waste oil is worth about $3.00 per gallon when used to heat your business.

WASTE OIL GLOSSARY

Authorized Distributor

Person or business certified and trained to sell and service specific products.

BTU

British Thermal Units; a unit of thermal energy.

Chimney

Flue from the furnace or boiler which creates draft and allows gases to escape.

Cradle-to-Grave Liability

The legal liability of a material from its generation to disposal regardless of third party involvement.

Energy Retention Disc

A composite material formed in the shape of a disc which is placed at the back of the combustion chamber for the purpose of capturing heat and to aid in heat dispersion.

EPA Approved

Accepted and endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Fuel Oil

Any liquid petroleum product that is burned in a furnace or boiler for the purpose of generating heat.

Heat Exchanger

A device which transforms cold, ambient air through the furnace into hot air, transferring it back into the room as hot air.

Metering Pump

Any regulated pump which transfers oil from a storage tank to the burner.

Swagging

Is a forging process in which the dimensions of an item are altered using a die or dies, into which the item is forced. May also be referred to as Swedging.

UL Listing

Underwriters Laboratories; the trusted resource across the globe for product safety certification and compliance solutions.

Used Oil

Any petroleum based or synthetic oil that has been used and is no longer suited to its original use. Often used interchangeably with “waste oil.”

Waste Oil

Any petroleum based fluid or synthetic oil that has become unsuited or unwanted for its original purpose through use or handling.

Waste Oil Burner

Any piece of equipment that heats, ignites, and combusts waste oil and is attached to a waste oil furnace or waste oil boiler.

Waste Oil Furnace

Any piece of equipment that utilizes waste oil as a fuel source to warm the contents of a forced-air heating system.

Waste Oil Heater

Any piece of equipment that utilizes waste oil as a fuel source to warm the contents of a forced-air heating system.

  • “The Clean Burn unit simply made sense to us two decades ago … and it still makes sense today. Why pay a third party to transport used motor oil to another location and risk the transportation hazards when we can recycle the used-oil right here on site? From a practicality standpoint, the Clean Burn unit is one of the smartest business investments we’ve ever made.”

    John Jarnagin Sr., President Jarnagin Motor Company | Rutledge, Tennessee
  • “We got an unbelievable 19 years of service out of that machine and just recently replaced it with an upgraded CB2500 unit. Maintenance on the unit is a breeze and it saves us every month on the company’s gas and electric bills. We recycle an average of 300 gallons of used motor oil a month through the Clean Burn unit. That’s enough to heat our eight-bay maintenance shop. I recommend that all oil-generating businesses have Clean Burn systems!”

    Randy Greer, Service Manager Jarnagin Motor Company | Rutledge, Tennessee

CLEAN BURN PRODUCTS

Clean Burn waste oil heater equipment is engineered from the ground up exclusively to burn waste oils.

#1 WARRANTY

As the leader in waste oil furnaces and boilers Clean Burn also offers the best warranty in the industry.

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