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Old 26-04-2011, 14:39   #46
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I can't comment on using used engine oil, but what do you do if on oil change is 20 liters and you are cruising in remote places. You have a choice of dumping (legally) on some island where the locals might or might not dispose of it properly, or carrying it with you to some civilized place with proper disposal facilities. This could be months.
This, on the other hand, is an interesting point.

Disposal in diesel trucks was investigated heavily in the US in the late 70s/early 80s, when used oil management was first discussed and recyclers were hard to find in rural areas. Parker Filtration (then Raycor) sold filter carts for pumping used oil out of the drain pan and into the fuel tank. This period didn't last very long, but it is was real.

A few years ago my employer (Siemens at that time) was investigating getting into the used oil recycling business in Jamaica. We visited car dealers in Kingston to identify the most respected collectors, and then visited the collectors. It turned out the recycling method was to dump it into a hole in the dirt and hope it disappeared. There was no market for recycled oil, so it had no value. The US and British islands have programs in place, but even that is spotty.

Yup, Spark has a point.
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Old 26-04-2011, 15:18   #47
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Re: Putting Crankcase Oil in Diesel Tank

Indeed, Spark does have a point.

In 1987 at the the then hotel Oa-Oa in Bora Bora I asked the friendly-to-yotties hotelier about disposing of some engine oil. He proudly lead me back to his work shed, and said "pour it in my oil disposal system". It was a crab burrow in the sand...

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We have another anchor/multihull/monohull/firearm thread to add to the fambly
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ANCHORS? FIREARMS? MULTIHULLS?

No, I would never put any of those into my fuel tank, not even with a 5 micron filter.
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Hey, I didn't say I would do it. I said it was an interesting point; perhaps I should have said dilemma.

Getting home from nowhere with a busted engine is a more "interesting" dilemma.

I think I might consider putting some in a drum bottom and using it as the basis for a big beach bonfire. I've done that before, around Halloween. Use care, but the firewood will go a lot further.
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