Clean Burn™ Brand
Waste-Oil-Burning Furnaces - Frequently
Have a question about burning your used oil? Find
the answer here.
1. How much used oil must I generate per year to
make buying a used-oil furnace or boiler a practical decision?
- The average minimum volume of used oil you must
generate annually is between 500 and 700 gallons. You can also burn #2 fuel oil
if you run short of used oil.
2. Doesn't a used-oil furnace produce black,
sooty smoke and pollute the air?
- Absolutely not. A Clean Burn furnace burns as
cleanly as a #2 fuel-oil furnace. In fact, a Clean Burn furnace is designed to
burn #2 fuel oil in addition to used oil.
3. Won't various viscosities of crankcase or
transmission oil affect the combustion efficiency of my furnace?
- No. Our state-of-the-art burners are designed to
accommodate a range of oil viscosities, from 10w to 50w.
4. How often will I
have to clean the ash from inside the furnace?
- Expect to clean your Clean Burn furnace every
1000 hours of operation, on average. Cleaning your furnace is a safe and easy
procedure, which takes only about 30 minutes.
5. Are Clean Burn furnaces backed by any kind of
- Yes. We provide a 10-year limited warranty on
the combustion chamber and heat exchanger, and a one-year warranty on all burner
parts. Clean Burn's warranty is one of the most comprehensive in the industry.
6. What's the average length of time for payback
on a used-oil furnace? And, will I ever really enjoy FREE heat?
- Depending on average temperatures in your
region, you'll enjoy an 18 to 24 month ROI. And, yes, free heat is your reward
for a smart business decision.
7. What is "cradle-to-grave" liability and how
can it affect the way I dispose of used oil?
- The federal government holds you directly and
irrevocably responsible for pollution management, clean-up and disposal control
of used oil. Simply put, the liability for used oil exists until it is burned
8. Isn't it more convenient and less troublesome
for me to contract with a hauler or refiner to transport my used oil?
-It may be easy for you to pay a hauler to pick up
and dispose of your used oil. But in doing so, you are giving away valuable fuel
which could be used for free heat generated by your Clean Burn Heating System.
9. Is there any way to duct a used-oil furnace?
- Yes, Clean Burn furnaces can be ducted, and are
UL approved for this application.
10. Who can I rely on for after-sale service and
- That's easy. Your Clean Burn distributor. Our
distributors are the most knowledgeable, trained and reliable you'll find in the
Waste Oil or Used Oil?
As the pioneer in used oil combustion technologies
for heat recovery, Clean Burn works closely with the United States Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) to help establish important technical criteria and
operating parameters. The goal of this collaboration is to provide an
environmentally acceptable means of disposing, or recycling motor oils and
petroleum based fluids from vehicle engines and other sources.
In these issues, the EPA represents the
environmental part of the equation. Clean Burn represents the interests of its
The EPA deals with a wide range of environmental
issues, including hazardous wastes. In EPA terminology, the term "waste" is
linked with hazardous waste, such as highly toxic chemicals that are sometimes
disposed of through high temperature incineration.
Incineration is a completely different technology
than is provided by Clean Burn in its used-oil furnaces and boilers for heat
Therefore, based on EPA official terminology and
to distinguish between used motor oils (that can be safely and cleanly burned
for heat recovery by Clean Burn furnaces) and hazardous waste toxic chemicals
(that require high temperature incineration), Clean Burn uses the term "used
oil" rather than "waste oil".
To make the issue more complex, the generally
accepted term in the market place seems to be "waste oil" when referring to
Clean Burn furnaces and similar equipment.
In this website we use the terms interchangeably,
because people searching for our type of equipment generally use the term "waste
oil" when searching for a link. At the same time, we recognize the EPA's
distinction when it comes to use of the term "waste oil," and that from the
EPA's point of view, waste oil refers to hazardous waste requiring incineration,
which is outside the scope of Clean Burn equipment.
Waste oil or used oil? Call it what you want. But
just remember, Clean Burn is Engineered Like No Other Used-Oil Furnace.