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Manual Ignition Waste Oil Burners

If you own a garage and produce waste oils such as engine, gearbox or hydraulic oils, then you can save money on your heating bill by burning this used oil as free heating fuel in a waste oil burner. As it is classified as hazardous waste there is legislation in place to control incineration of waste oils. A permit for a SWOB can be obtained from your local council. Legislation recently changed in England and Wales and permit fees for waste oil burners are large. Similar regulations for premises in Scotland and N. Ireland have been in operation for a number of years. However, waste oil burners can be used without permits if burning other non-hazardous fuels. Thermobile waste oil burners can legally operate without permits using the following alternative fuels :- 35 sec Gas Oil, Red Diesel, Processed Fuel Oil (PFO), and Bio Oils including Rapeseed Oil and Linseed Oil, plus certain refined Vegetable Oils.



indirect fired heaters

For waste oil heaters which can operate automatically by thermostat/timer
Automatic Waste Oil Heaters

Waste Oil Burner Guide

About Thermobile

The company headquarters are based in The Netherlands. Thermobile have been developing and manufacturing space heaters and waste oil burners for over 50 years, distinguishing themselves by the reliabilty and durabilty of their top quality products.

What are these appliances called ?

Some manufacturers call them burners, some call them heaters. But they are just different names for the same. They all burn waste oil to produce heat. Since regulations changed, manufacturers now also use terms like Universal Oil heater and Multi-fuel heater.

Abbreviation - SWOB

For the purposes of UK regulations they are called Small Waste Oil Burners (SWOBs) and "Waste Oil Burners, less than 0.4 MW net rated thermal input".

For permit application, what type of burner ?

The manual ignition heaters on this page all have vaporising burners. Oil drips onto a hot dish and turns to vapour. It is this vapour which is burnt within the combustion chamber. At start-up, the dish has to be pre-heated manually.

Can ducting be fitted ?

These manual waste oil heaters distribute heat through mesh side panels and are therefore not suitable for ducting. See the automatic range which have powerful fans and directional nozzles, which can be adapted for hot air ducting.

What fuels can be used ?

Hazardous Waste :- Used oils produced on your own premises, including waste engine, gearbox or hydraulic oils.
Non-Hazardous Waste :- Processed Fuel Oil (PFO) which is recycled oil, 35 sec Heating Oil, Diesel, and Bio Oils including Linseed Oil and Rapeseed Oil, plus certain refined Vegetable Oils
DO NOT include paint thinners or petrol !