Look what I found for sale on the side of the road about 2 miles from my house:
can't beat it for $45! Looks like it was only used once and then cleaned out real nice.
Is there a standard thread on the valve? Can I order a reducing fitting from McMaster to get it down to a 3/4" barbed fitting so I can hook it into my filtering setup?
depends what was in it and how clean it is. IBC reconditioners clean those totes with high PSI water. be careful no residual is inside to mix with the grease. If you want to do it right, go purchase a reconditioned IBC that's been cleaned properly. The closest reconditioner to you that i know of is in Charlotte. I think a really good option is a metal IBC, probably too heavy to handle but great for heating and storing lots of veg.
2000 Jetta TDI greased november 2007
I know this is an old thread, but on the off chance it's still helpful...
There are different IBC manufacturers, but I believe that they are pretty standard in that they have a 6" cap and a 2" drain at the bottom. The 2" drain is NPT. You can get step downs from McMaster (or Home Depot for that matter). You'll want to use teflon tape or pipe dope on the fittings to keep them from leaking (as always with NPT).
In my case, I wanted to use the IBC for collection so I need to hook up a hose to the tote's drain to empty the tote when I get home (if you have a forklift, you could just lift it off). Don't underestimate the PIA factor of screwing even an 8' hose in to a thread fitting, especially when it's cold out and you need gloves. If you think you will want to connect and disconnect from the drain, I highly recommend quick disconnect fittings. On McMaster just look for cam-lock fittings. I put a male cam-lock on the bottom of my tote so I can just pop the hose on and off quickly.
If you don't want to wait for McMaster and you have a Tractor Supply Company in your area, they carry them as well (specifically they have Gator-lock brand).
Another thing that's useful to keep in mind is that the 6" cap on all the totes I've seen has a 2" bung cap in the center of it. So you can remove the bung cap to hook up a pump or something if you need that.
Hi! Thanks for the response...
I still have yet to get the right part... good thing I'm not planning on filling that tote 'till the summer!
I thought it was 2" NPT and ordered a 2" to 3/4" reducer from McMaster, but it didn't fit (it also cost more than the tote did!!!).
I took pics of the fitting here:
If anyone can identify that fitting I'd appreciate any help... It looks more like 2.5" across...
I'll definitely consider the quick disconnect. My original plans for this were to fill it during the fall, so I wouldn't have to go collecting during next winter. Now, I'm seriously considering getting a lister and making electricity, and I'll need about 8 gallons/day, so I'm going to mount the tote on a trailer and get lots of oil in one go!
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Thanks for the pointer on the quick disconnects... that's exactly what I had. I managed to get over to TSC this weekend and picked up the part. I just ordered a 2" to 3/4" reducing bushing from McMaster so I can plumb this beast into my filtering system.
Which got me to thinking: Imagine that I could fill this thing up with 275 gallons of oil... at 6 lbs/gallon that's 1650 lbs (I seem to remember that aircraft engine oil weighs 6lbs/gal, veg must be close). With all this weight pushing down on my 2" pipe, then reduced to 3/4" hose, how much pressure will be in that hose?
I'd hate for it to burst and leak oil all over the place. I once leaked out about 1/2 gallon and that was a huge mess, once it spread out!!!
I've used the clear, string-reinforced hose from the hardware store but maybe that's not enough... Anyway, I'll put a ball valve on the quick disconnect fitting and keep that closed *and* the one on the tote closed when I'm not using.
I also bought a dust cover for the tote, and a plug fitting for the other fitting. I plan on mounting the tote on a little utility trailer for easy collecting!
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