Introduction: Homemade Waste Motoroil Burner

Working, homemade, automatic burner. No smoke, no pollutions.


MeshM (author)2015-04-29

nyc..i am attempting to make one at the moment but i am struggling to get a nozzle for my burner

Solocup (author)2015-02-13

Not happy... This is NOT an instructable!

silliou (author)2008-07-22

I thought Instructables were supposed to have instructions... this is just a video of the unit running, how do you build one?

hamish.curtis (author)silliou2014-11-01

This is the unit that has heated our home fro the last 3 years works really well, run smokeless and no smells. Burns just over a litre of oil an hour Check this company out if your in the market for one.

They sell plans $21.18 USD on how to build your own. Some good comments on the website after guys have built there own.

mieszalniapasz (author)silliou2008-07-23

I'll try, but its wery hard to make a movie. That's a lot of work on many machines (about 10-12 days)...

How about just giving the instructions and adding a movie later? I have a complete / never used fuel oil burner assembly from 1977 when I built this house. I even have the manual for it. It would be great to get some idea on how to convert this unit to burn used motor oil!!!!

sillywilly (author)rustaholic2009-12-26

Go look at my lengthy reply to sillioh. That way I don't have to retype it!

rustaholic (author)sillywilly2009-12-27

Thanks SillyWilly,
I read the comment and I am already a member of that group.
It seems I am on too many groups to keep track of them.
Next good chance I get I will dig out my 1977 gun and see what I have.

xACIDITYx (author)silliou2008-07-23

I have to disagree.

What kind of videos can I post?
Submit your how-to videos, show off what you have made or are currently making. Just make sure the videos are your own.
Straight from the Submit page.

He was showing off what he has made.

mieszalniapasz (author)xACIDITYx2008-07-23

Sorry for that, I'm here since yesterday and you should help me (i would). I made this burner and many others from 20 kW output up to 300 kW an 1,5 MW. I wanna show you this movie first and later i'll made instructional movie. It is not that simple to make it. I need more time. For this time I published this one. I am able to remove if you don't want it... ;o( Greetings.

silliou (author)mieszalniapasz2008-07-23

I wasn't being grumpy about it. I was seriously asking how to make one. I am very interested as I am currently collecting parts to make a waste oil burner, but yours looks absolutely amazing, and I would love to know how to make one.

sillywilly (author)silliou2009-12-26

If you really want to build a automatic wasteoil burner, go join the Yahoo group called "altfuelfurnace" then study the archived messages along with the files, photos, and links sections. Don't start off like 90% of the newbies and ask where the complete instructions on "how to build one" is located as no two burners are exactly alike! When I say study it I mean STUDY it! Only then will you ask intelligent questions and get good answers. Building a complex burner like this takes time, so consider it a journey and enjoy the trip! You will start by gutting the donor burner except for the blower, blower motor, oil pump, the high-volt starting transformer, the fire eye, and some controls. You will add heated waste oil container, heated filters, and heated siphon nozzle. Air pressure (for atomizing the oil) is also needed as this type burner atomizes like a paint gun, not by pressurizing the oil. I have built burners but none automated and as professional as this site will teach you to do. My Yahoo handle is "tinkerrbill".

How is it actually working? is it just a powerful pump and filter? I can't really tell from the video... I've been looking in to something like this for a project...

xACIDITYx (author)mieszalniapasz2008-07-23

No, it's not a problem on your part, it was a part on silliou's part. This is perfectly fine, and is perfectly fine here.

hamish.curtis (author)2014-10-14

If you would like to build your own drip fed waste oil heater big enough to heat your home and your hotwater needs then check out or

These guys sell ready made waste oil heaters that work too.

sanjeewa119 (author)2014-04-19

paulmg0571 (author)2013-02-20

I am in the prosses of building a burner,research has told me to heat my oil for combustion yet if I heat the oil pipeing I can get sludge so I wonder if anyone has done a water bath heater. I also found that I can heat up my compressed air to heat the oil lines has anyone have input on these ideas thanks

valerie stoltz (author)2013-01-15

Goeie more sal dit baie waardeer as jy my meer inligting kan gee moet self so n brander kry voor die winter groete Wessel Stoltz

killerjackalope (author)2008-07-23

What is that actually a setup of, a pump or a pump and blower? it's kinda hard to tell from the video. I've been interested in making a decent oil burner for something, to use waste for a purpose...

That is a regular burner for light oil (diesel) but upgraded. Changed nozzle, the oil-fired path, electric connections, warming up, compressed air - it is not that simple to made it - very 'choosy' thing. Lot of hour of adjustments, but after this... very cheap energy, full automatic.

I'm quite good a building stuff anyway, seeing as it's based on a proper burner I may build one from scratch, make it cheap to run and powerful... I can see a lot of ways to get extra energy out of it...

Go look at my lengthy reply to sillioh. That way I don't have to retype it!

bjooske (author)2008-10-11

Very interesting. I've found a shop where they sell these burners, but they are using a source of compressed air for it. It doesn't seem very comfortable to have a compressor roaring day and night.... How about yours? Have you got instructions ready for interested persons? Grtz

sillywilly (author)bjooske2009-12-26

Go look at my lengthy reply to sillioh. That way I don't have to retype it!

mieszalniapasz (author)bjooske2008-10-11

Ykhm... roaring? My burner needs compressed air too... try to use old compressor from refigrator - it's silent and low power device :) Regards.

lukeyj15 (author)mieszalniapasz2009-02-27

My neighbor has an old fridge sitting out on the nature strip so how do I remove the compressor without dying??

tzhauling (author)2008-12-18

Don't know if anyone is still looking at this but there is an easier quicker way to make a waste oil burner out of a regular home hot air heating furnace or boiler. only need a couple of tools, 2 or three parts and the plans to do it. I've made a few and my first one is still working after 3 years.

allsure (author)tzhauling2009-01-16


sillywilly (author)allsure2009-12-26

Go look at my lengthy reply to sillioh. That way I don't have to retype it!

inz.konstruktor (author)2009-09-13

Faktycznie niezle!

bjooske (author)2008-10-12

Does such compressor give enough quantity and pressure? Is your burner using such one too? You are very welcome to send me instructions how you made yours...

mieszalniapasz (author)bjooske2008-10-13

Hi! It needs compressor for work... You can use compressor made from old refrigerator. It needs only 1 BAR of pressure, but it needs lot of air. Useful can be compressor made for pools - it's silent but... expensive :)

Gjdj3 (author)2008-07-22

That's two Instructables one right after the other! Congrats. Do you use it to burn your biodiesel?

mieszalniapasz (author)Gjdj32008-07-23

No, I use it to burn a biodiesel waste - glycerol. My bio is for my BMW 2,5l TDS ;o)

Gjdj3 (author)mieszalniapasz2008-07-23

Haha. Nice car.

Pazzerz (author)2008-07-23

I have to agree with silliou, videos are just cheap entertainment on a site like this.

thematthatter (author)2008-07-23

I was hoping you would lick your finger after you stuck it in the oil.

Tool Using Animal (author)2008-07-22

No smoke does not equal no pollution. And Whale Oil? You have got to be kidding!

"No pollution", I mean equal to light oil (diesel). Measured by special device. Yes - whale oil, palm tree oil - i'm not kidding.

John Smith (author)2008-07-22

very cool

please please post here and share how you did it!

pictures are loved.

its alright if your english isnt the best

very cool

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