1992 - Volume #16, Issue #3, Page #09[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Kitchen SInk Funnels Waste OilA Nebraska farmer says his inexpensive portable waste oil storage tank saves him a lot of time. He mounted an old kitchen sink on top of an 80-gal. wheeled tank. Oil drains by gravity from the sink into the tank.
Mike Stewart, who farms near Lincoln, salvaged the tank from an old cement truck (it held wash-up water). To drain oil out of the tank, he hooks up an air compressor to a regulator mounted on the tank. Oil is pushed out through a hose into a 55-gal. barrel. He sells the waste oil to a local machine shop.
"It works much better than trying to pour waste oil into a funnel on top of a barrel and can be moved anywhere inside my shop," says Stewart. "I simply dump a bucket of oil into the sink, then turn the bucket upside down on the sink's drainboard to get all the oil out. The sink's drain hole strainer keeps oil pan plugs from falling into the tank. The tank's pressure relief valve doesn't allow more than 100 psi inside the tank so we feel it's completely safe."
Stewart welded brackets onto the top of tank in order to mount the sink. He mounted 6-in. caster wheels on brackets that are welded to bottom of tank. A platform on one end is used for storing buckets once they're drained out. A clear plastic hose "sight gauge" on one end of tank lets Stewart monitor level of oil.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mike Stewart, Rt. 8, Lincoln, Neb. 68506 (ph 402 423-5676).
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