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Post Fri. Nov. 06, 2009 11:02 am

Some one told me they use baby oil, some one else told me they tried vegtable oil and it made the house smell like burnt cooking oil.

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Post Wed. Jan. 20, 2010 8:21 pm

I tried the cheapest veg oil I could find at Sams club. Stored for a short period in the summer it attracted many mice. Not good. For personal use some petro based oil may work , but for commercial I would worry about environmental issues, wouldnt bulk coal stored outside with petroleum leaching into the ground be a hazard? In my experience water works well, just don't use too much.

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Post Wed. Jan. 20, 2010 8:49 pm

commercial's not a problem, you spray it before you load it, you don't spray it and leave it sitting around. for home use, as long as it's covered it's not going to leach anything and more importantly, it won't be sprayed with so much oil that it should leach anything substantial anyway. I like a 0w20 motor oil. or a used motor oil, but it's a little thicker; probably about 1/2 gallon/ton, mabey less.
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Post Wed. Jan. 20, 2010 10:55 pm

I'm using oiled coal for the second year and won't go back to wet or dryed coal. A quick simple solution is to buy a small bottle or two of mineral oil at Walmart, you'll find it around the pharmacy isle. Dump some (1/4 to 1/2 bottle) into a garden water can using HOT water. This will break up the oil and spread it around the pile.

For larger quantities look up STEoil.com they will sell larger quantities of food grade oil.

Best of luck!

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Post Wed. Jan. 20, 2010 11:18 pm

Dry coal was a mess.
Wet coal is OK and definitely better than dry.
Professionally oiled (and wetted) was the best.
My own attempts at used motor oil were not inspiring. It stunk terribly and was smokey. It also left soot all over the inside of the boiler. Yes, I probably added too much, but I won't be trying that again any time soon.

A bucket of damp-rid inside the boiler a dry basement with plastic covering the breech, an empty+sealed hopper. Dry. No problems.

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Post Mon. Jan. 03, 2011 9:22 am

http://www.advancedlubes.com/product/advantage-co ... -spray-oil

Without looking on the internet all day, I was able to find this link for a company called; Advanced Lubrication Specialties based in Bensalem PA.


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