Need SVO know-how for non-SVO project

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Need SVO know-how for non-SVO project

Postby wildheavenfarm » Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:16 pm

Hi all,

My question is about applying the equipment of an SVO/WVO conversion to another project. I'm a soapmaker by trade and, in an effort to increase my production capacity, want to build a large oil melter so I have to stop less often to measure and melt my oils. The body of the melter will be a standard beer keg with a metal spigot at the bottom. What I'm lacking is a way to heat the oils. The oils in question are olive, palm and coconut, the latter two being solid at room temperature. The soap-making takes place inside, which rules out things like propane burners. I've tried livestock water tank defrosters and even a device designed to melt buckets of oil for popcorn popping (which may not have been functioning to spec). Nothing had the oomph to melt more than a small amount of oil, far less than the 15 gallons I'm hoping for.

What would you recommend I try?

Thanks in advance,
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Re: Need SVO know-how for non-SVO project

Postby SunWizard » Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:33 am

Hi and welcome to the forum. A stock tank de-icer isn't good since it has a thermostat that shuts if off after it hits about 40F. A good drop in type of heater is a bucket heater like this:

There are band heaters which clamp to the outside of a barrel, but those are much more expensive and slower to heat. They are designed for standard 55 gallon barrels, but you might be able to adapt one to your beer keg.
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