waste cooking oil used in oil fired commercial steam boiler?
is it possible to burn waste cooking oil in a oil burner that uses number 2 heating oil
- HelmutLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Cooking oil will deliver no more than 40 kJ/g of energy with complete combustion. The greatest density for a cooking oil that I could find was 0.928 g/ml. We thus have 37.12 kJ/ml., or 37,120 kJ/L. This is comparable to the 39,020 kJ/L value used for #2 diesel oil. A restaurant would use a deep fat fryer with about 75 lb oil capacity.
(75 lb)(1 kg/2.2lb)(1,000 g/kg)/(0.928 g/ml)(1 L/1,000 ml) = 36.736 L. According to Cleaver-Brooks, a reputable boiler manufacturer, a 980 KW fire-tube boiler (the smallest they list in their tables) operating at 86% efficiency (the highest efficiency in their tables) consumes 105.98 L/hr. Using these numbers, it would take the waste of 3 deep-fat fryers to fuel such a boiler for 1 hour. Continuous operation of such a boiler would require 486 fryers contents per week, which is the minimum time a restaurant goes between oil changes.
While it is a good, relatively clean idea for the disposal of these wastes, the costs involved would be enormous. An alternate proposal would be to mix it (well strained, of course) with the fuel used by local bus companies, most of which are already government owned.
- yantisLv 43 years ago
a million you could convert to gas , the two organic or propane . 2 maximum steam boilers seam to run around eighty two - eighty 3 % performance . ( eighty 3 % hydronic is far greater powerful than a intense performance compelled heat air equipment ) 3 you will choose somebody qualified to eliminate the tank , many diverse contractors in NJ