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Tip on mixing used motor oil with clean fuel oil for use in an oil furnace.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1998 (v.82#2) pg. 6

Repairing oil burners' simple breakdowns.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #83 Dec 1964 (v.14#6) pg. 48

Gas and oil fired furnace maintenance.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #87 Aug 1965 (v.15#4) pg. 40

What you should know about switching from oil to gas heat.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #212 Oct 1980 (v.30#8) pg. 42

Living with your oil furnace. How to run your furnace efficiently. Part 1. The hard-to-heat room.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #215 Jan 1981 (v.31#1) pg. 68

Living with your oil furnace. Part 2. The basic components.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #216 Feb 1981 (v.31#2) pg. 50

Living with your oil furnace. Part 3. How the pro's check furnace efficiency. How to build a simple manometer and furnace smoke gauge.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #217 Mar 1981 (v.31#3) pg. 92

Living with your oil furnace. Part 4. Add-on devices for oil furnaces including automatic flue damper, humidifier, air cleaner, heat reclaimer, delay oil valve, and hi-lo blower switch.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #218 Apr 1981 (v.31#4) pg. 48

Four ways to cut home heating costs. A look at comparative savings from a clock thermostat, automatic vent damper, and spark ignition. Also, tips on how to improve combustion efficiency of an oil-fired system.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Oct 1980 (v.191#4) pg. 198

Servicing oil burners. Step-by-step directions for cleaning a burner and replacing parts.
HANDY ANDY Oct 1978 (v.3#1) pg. 46

How to eliminate the fumes from a basement oil-storage tank.
HOME MECHANIX #749 Oct 1990 (v.86) pg. 92

Troubleshooting an oil fired furnace which stops heating.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #462 Nov 1966 (v.62) pg. 139

Easy-to-install replacement oil burner, the model FC-134 Bantam. Tips on installation and checkout.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #641 Oct 1981 (v.77) pg. 94

All-electronic oil-furnace controller. Conserves fuel and handles timing control.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Oct 1985 (v.2#4) pg. 38

How to build a furnace that operates on used motor oil.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #53 Sep-Oct 1978 pg. 105

How to build an inexpensive backyard solar still to produce ethanol that can be used to fire a converted oil heater. Est. cost: $62.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #56 Mar-Apr 1979 pg. 114

How to clean fuel for your waste-oil fired heater.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #61 Jan-Feb 1980 pg. 94

Troubleshooting an oil furnace. Five common problems and some ways to correctly diagnose the trouble are listed.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #97 Jan-Feb 1986 pg. 80

A layman's guide to lower oil bills. Detailed instructions for cleaning and maintenance of an oil furnace.
NEW SHELTER Oct 1980 (v.1#7) pg. 49

How to clean your oil furnace to save you money and trouble.
NEW SHELTER Oct 1983 (v.4#8) pg. 26

Making an old cast-iron oil conversion furnace more efficient.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1980 (v.8#12) pg. 189

Tip: Vacuum cleaner attached to an oil-tank vent pipe prevents oil from leaking out while replacing a broken shutoff valve.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1986 (v.14#1) pg. 31

A low-cost way to improve oil burners. Install a smaller nozzle to reduce the oil a furnace burns by 8%.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jan 1982 (v.29#1) pg. 98

Oil burner tune-up.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1963 (v.120#5) pg. 186

Furnace repairs you can make when a oil or gas furnace stops working.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1968 (v.129#1) pg. 192

Fifteen simple steps to make your furnace produce more heat this winter. Covers oil and gas fired units, both forced air and boiler style.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1978 (v.150#4) pg. 120

Tune up your oil-fired furnace using this step-by-step guide.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1984 (v.161#10) pg. 56
Added Info POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1985 (v.162#6) pg. 8

Tip on checking the exhaust stack of an oil- or gas-fired appliance to make sure that it is venting properly.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1990 (v.167#2) pg. 84

Tune up your heating system to peak efficiency. Tips for oil and gas furnaces.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1973 (v.203#4) pg. 124

How to wire a circuit so a self-starting electric clock can be plugged into the burner circuit of an oil burner to keep track of burner running time.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1974 (v.205#4) pg. 156

Unique vaporizer for oil furnace allows the furnace to burn used oil, transmission oil, diesel fuel and other "waste" oils in this hot water heating system.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1975 (v.206#6) pg. 112

High-efficiency home heating systems. Part 1. Oil-fired systems. Includes a chart of modifications and add-ons and how much they really help.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1979 (v.215#4) pg. 100

Air-flow controller for oil burners. Solenoid controlled shutter prevents air from entering oil burner whenever burner is not operating. This prevents heated air from going up chimney when burner is off.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1980 (v.216#2) pg. 136

Install an oil furnace barometric damper at basement-floor level to utilize colder air and help keep the basement warmer.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1980 (v.217#4) pg. 64

A look at heating systems found in older homes. Includes a description of changes required to convert a coal furnace to oil and instructions for bleeding a radiator in a steam system.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Oct 1986 (v.1#2) pg. 63
Correction PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Jan 1987 (v.2#1) pg. 6

The William's atomizing oil burner nozzle. Tips on installation, adjustment, etc.
STEAMBOATING #31 Jan-Feb 1990 pg. 25

A small pot burner. How to build a vaporizing oil burner that will operate in a small diameter furnace, such as a 6" pipe.
STEAMBOATING #32 Mar-Apr 1990 pg. 7
Added Info STEAMBOATING #33 May-Jun 1990 pg. 36

Vaporizing burner #9. Design and construction tips for a kerosene burner that stays clean.
STEAMBOATING #38 Mar-Apr 1991 pg. 10
Correction STEAMBOATING #39 May-Jun 1991 pg. 39

Build a reliable 12-volt oil burner control. It uses only 10 ampere of DC power and maintains fire eye protection to disconnect the motor and fuel in case of flame-out from contaminated fuel or faulty ignition.
STEAMBOATING #40 Jul-Aug 1991 pg. 12