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Old 02-12-2009, 10:21 AM
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Does any one know of any uses for dirty motor oil?

I keep all my old oil since it seems like such a waste to dispose of it since oil is so expensive.

All I can think of is to add it to a fire bomb for increased effect but I am looking for a more useful use.

Let those creative juices flow.
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Used motor oil is good for well...recycling to be used as motor oil once again. Another good use would probably be as grease on nuts and bolts. Thats all I can think of aside from the use you've already mentioned.
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oil blacking steel.....
wasp destruction
mosquito larvae destruction
sealing paths/roads (not environmentally friendly)
run through a copper pipe to drip into a wood heater for additional burn power.

waterproofing timber (also not environmentally friendly but it works)

put thru a coffee filter and used as bar lube 4 ur chainsaw too...
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Waste oil heater. http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_...earth/me4.html
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If you get the right kind of heater you can heat your home with it.
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Treats mange on animals.
Used oil heater is a good one.

Soak rusted mechanical devices.
Treat metal that is always outdoors.
Spray as undercoating on vehicles.
Paint a wooden fence to preserve and keep critters out.

Pour on opposing force when they are ramming the city gate then shoot with flaming arrows
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South Africa...Dust control or getting rid of ants or Killer bees.
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If you were cutting through metal could you use it as a coolent and lubrication?
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If you have a diesel motor and filter the used motor oil down to one micron, then you can simply add a little to your diesel fuel to cut your fuel cost a bit. Been doing this with a 6.2 Blazer for the last year. I add approximately one gallon of filtered used oil to 26 gallons of diesel.
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My father used to paint our old wooden fence with the stuff. Probably not that environmentally friendly but it never rotted.

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I use it for bar oil, and in an old riding mower that just burns oil anyway....

I've used it to coat machined parts in storage too.


It's also fun if you have an annoying neighbor, just pour a dixie cup full under his car at night, hilarity ensues.
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in blacksmithing i think you could use it for 'quenching' hot iron to harden it.
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oil blacking steel.....
wasp destruction
mosquito larvae destruction
sealing paths/roads (not environmentally friendly)
run through a copper pipe to drip into a wood heater for additional burn power.

waterproofing timber (also not environmentally friendly but it works)

put thru a coffee filter and used as bar lube 4 ur chainsaw too...

My Father-in-law does this in his farm shop and I can feel a differance when he is using it. !!!
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oil blacking steel.....
wasp destruction
mosquito larvae destruction
sealing paths/roads (not environmentally friendly)
run through a copper pipe to drip into a wood heater for additional burn power.

waterproofing timber (also not environmentally friendly but it works)

put thru a coffee filter and used as bar lube 4 ur chainsaw too...
had a friend who used the drip heater and it worked good.
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I use it on burlap bags wrapped around a rope for wild hogs.Make the "oiler" where they can rub their backs against it and get oiled.It lills fleas and other parisites.Hogs aint stupid,they can smell this stuff for miles and will come to it.Keep the oiler well soaked and you have a great attractant to help put some pork on the table. Leave it set up and keep it wet until you have a lot of hog sign before you start hunting it.
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in blacksmithing i think you could use it for 'quenching' hot iron to harden it.
Be careful doing this I started a pretty impressive fire doing this in the foundry of my high school metals class. The school I went to had a foundry for casting aluminum and bronze but I talked my teacher into letting me make a sword with a hammer and anvil
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in blacksmithing i think you could use it for 'quenching' hot iron to harden it.
Yep its got a lot of carbon in it and is good for quenching carbon steel rather than tool steel,just don't breath the fumes in.
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My father used to paint our old wooden fence with the stuff. Probably not that environmentally friendly but it never rotted.

Martin
My neighbor mixes it with creosote and paints the garden fence with it.
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Thanks for all the useful posts. I use it in metalworking but it is not ideal. Anyone know of a method to clean it a bit? I don't need it crystal clear, filtering would probably work. What filter to use?

If you have a tow truck business you could dump some oil on the road and wait around the corner for your next client to come by. Just kidding.... or am I?
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Hey icarus, I work as a chef.... but been a blacksmith too, in catering supply houses you can get conical filter papers designed for oil (the cooking kind) they work on motor oil too, but you have to heat it to get it through the filter.
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