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What is "waste oil"? Generally, the term waste oil refers to the drained fluids from a vehicle's engine and transmission. Service facilities and maintenance shops are required to collect these fluids for proper disposal. In many parts of the country, even the do-it-yourselfers are asked to collect and dispose of these fluids. Many smart business owners and managers have been using a waste oil furnace to defray the cost of third party waste oil collection fees. Of even more concern today, with the rising cost of natural gas and stove oils, is the cost of heating the structures. Heating recovery using waste oil is definitely an economic plus.
Waste oil also refers to used cooking oils. Sometimes also known as wvo (waste vegetable oil). This is a hot topic as far as being a CO/2 neutral fuel and virtually endlessly renewable energy source.
Is there smoke or noxious odor when burning waste oil? A properly installed HeatWave@ furnace burning on spec waste oil emits very little odor with virtually NO SMOKE. The KAGI burner typically registers a 0 to 1 on the Bacharack smoke test.
Can I install the HeatWacve@ waste oil furnace myself? YES! However, we recommend all installations be done, or at least certified by a licensed heating contractor. Of course, all local, state, and national building, fire and storage codes and rules must be followed. As an aside, a majority of problems with all waste oil furnaces comes from improper installation and operator error. That is why the KAGI burner comes with one of the most comprehensive owner's manuals in the business. We want you to do it right the first time!
Can I install the HeatWave furnace in my home? Waste oil furnaces are NOT approved for use in a residential structure. However, a forced air furnace can be ducted into a home if installed in a separate outbuilding or shed near the home. Always check with your local building and fire officals before doing this. As an aside, a home can be euipped with a remote outside boiler system for the purpose of generating hydronic heat from waste oil. Please check our links page for some helpful links to some boiler manufactuers.
Do I need compressed air to run a HeatWave furnace with a KAGI burner? Yes. Most all waste oil burners on the market use a forced atomization method to properly burn the oil. The KAGI is no different. Some of the other manufacturers offer on-board air systems and point out that we do not provide one. Most installations already have shop air and do not need an added component to service or have fail. If an air source is needed, then a simple, inexpensive, and more reliable solution is to locally purchase a small high quality compressor.
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