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Spotlight On: Waste Oil Burners

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Waste oil heaters are becoming more and more popular as people decide to recycle their old waste oil and turn it into free, clean heat for their garage, factory or workshop.

Thermobile’s AT series of used oil heaters with manual ignition

Thermobile’s AT series of used oil heaters with manual ignition

Waste oil can be recycled through the Thermobile range of waster oil heaters, available from a comprehensive range of dealers throughout the UK, including Butts of Bawtry.

Thermobile waste oil fired heaters can be operated using waste oil from diesel or petrol engines, gearboxes, transmissions, hydraulic systems, diesel oil or any combination of these. However, the following must not be used; solvents, thinners, petro-chemical based oils, transformer oil or any oil above S.A.E. 90.

This heating technology permits the end user to recover their investment costs within possibly one heating season because of the savings made from using waste oil instead of a more expensive fuel oil.

BE AWARE: Small Waste Oil Burners Review

In July 2011, Thermobile were made aware that the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) were conducting a review of guidance on the implementation of the European Union Waste Incineration Directive (WID) and its application to small waste oil burners in England and Wales.

Small waste oil burners have been exempt from WID since its inception in 2000 as the UK produced guidance which took the view that small waste oil burners lacked the technical specification to amount to ‘incineration plant’ for the purposes of the Directive.

On 14 September 2015, .Thermobile received notification from Defra that the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs, Rory Stewart, announced that as part of commitment to cleaner air, the Government would amend the current Environmental Permitting Guidance – the ‘Waste Incineration Directive Guidance’ – to state clearly that all waste incineration plants and co-incineration plants burning waste oil in England and Wales fall under the scope of Chapter IV of the Industrial Emissions Directive. The change effects small basic appliances such as small waste oil burners.

This guidance will be amended to advise that these units are within scope of Chapter IV and therefore their continued use of waste oils as a fuel will require the relevant permit under Schedule 13A of the Environmental Permitting Guidance. The cost of this permit would be prohibitive to end users.

Thermobile’s SB range of used oil heaters with automatic ignition

Thermobile’s SB range of used oil heaters with automatic ignition

The WID requires that all waste incineration plants and waste co-incineration plants meet stringent requirements on their emissions, as well as monitoring and reporting.

Monitoring involves a specialist company trapping a sample of exhaust gases in the flute stack and sending them for chemical analysis. The cost of these tests run to several thousand pounds, way above the reach of small to medium enterprises.

Defra intend to publish the amended guidance in December 2015, with amendments taking effect from April 2016.

Thermobile feel that the timescale provided by Defra is totally unacceptable as the payback time for operators is from one-and-a-half-years to three-years depending on model size. Their concern is especially for users that have purchased a waste oil heater in the last few weeks and months as they are not being given the chance to recoup their outlay.

The Retail Motor Industry Federation and the Garage Equipment Association are appealing the decision on behalf of garages and suppliers respectively, which will include representation to the Government Minister concerned.

Exceptions To The New Rules

Waste oil heaters can still be operated on alternative fuels which do not require a license from Defra. Thermobile’s SB Series of Automatic Ignition units can be operated on heating oil, diesel, processed fuel oil and bio oils including; linseed, rapeseed and certain refined vegetable oils. Their AT Series of manual ignition units can be operated on all of the above plus a diesel/paraffin mix.