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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Massachusetts diner heats with fry grease.

Here's a great recycling story: The owner of a Watertown, Mass., diner has cut the restaurant's heating costs dramatically — and not simply because we've been enjoying a warm spell this week. The Boston Globe reports:

The owner of Deluxe Town Diner found a way to slash his fuel bill for heating and hot water to $0 during some weeks this winter: a new system that runs on the 30 or 40 gallons of vegetable oil he uses every week for cooking fries, plus oil he collects from a nearby pizzeria and a pair of Chinese restaurants.

That's cool. ("From tasty to toasty: Used cooking oil heats a diner," Peter J. Howe, Boston Globe 1.21.06, reg req'd)

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 21 January 2006 at 8:08 PM

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Kevin McCulloch:

January 21, 2006 09:55 PM | Permalink for this comment

Neat idea, but wouldn't it be smelly?


January 23, 2006 05:00 PM | Permalink for this comment

That's great that he's doing it, but if it requires more than just his own oil, it wouldn't work for it to become too popular.


January 24, 2006 08:37 AM | Permalink for this comment

hi. i've been bloghopping and landed here at your weblog. i am a long time member of clf and recently joined a bricks and mortar fellowship. you have a great blog!

regarding the restaurant heating with vegetable oil...i enjoyed learning about it. i have heard of cars running on used vegetable oil, but never any other things.


January 27, 2006 12:26 AM | Permalink for this comment

Google "waste oil burner" for lots of info. Basically, a potentially good idea if you already have the waste oil anyway (especially if the alternative is paying disposal fees), but waste oil doesn't burn as clean as, say, #2 fuel oil. That means more frequent burner cleanings and more air pollution - not a big deal unless you're in a smog-prone area, but a potential concern if you are.

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