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    Coconut oil mess. Any good ideas to help?

    I'm a hobby soap maker. I use vegetable oils, which all come in manageable containers except coconut oil. It's the oil I use most and comes in a container like this.



    The spoutless hole is positioned in an awkward place making pouring into smaller containers difficult. The handle is thin and the box heavy for me with 14 liters of oil.

    I've tried a tube siphon. Messy. I've tried one of those plastic hand pumps, which work great for water or fuel oil. The valve quickly stuffs up.

    What else can I try? Is there a pour spout available for these big tins I haven't located? Is there some kind of small hand pump made especially for oils?

    Any helpful ideas appreciated.

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    Tubing can be replaced with length of choice using aquarium air line.
    I use them for various motoring applications and pumping annoying stray cats bellies full of concrete.

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    Would work but looks to be too small at 150 mil. I'm going from 14 liter tin to 1 liter containers. Will look into larger syringes.

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    Syphon. Get a 1 or 2 meter length of gardon hose. Place the 14 liter container on a table and the 1 liter on floor. Then suck.

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    ^ Did that. It's messy. End up with an oily face and puddles on the floor.

    It's hard to clean up. I do it outdoors.

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    Buy yourself a 20l plastic gas can and a large funnel.



    Then one time only decant the oil from the metal tin to the plastic one. You may make a small mess but it will only be once! From then on it will be easier from the plastic container. There are even some with a tap on the spout so if you find one of those then you can dispense like wine from a box!
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    Just checking, Misskit : Do you realize that pouring liquid out of a drum is counter-intuitive ?
    You need to position the drum's hole uppermost.......not at the bottom.


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    ^ That is interesting. Works for the drum, but for a box? Will have to ponder this.

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    My point is that the hole needs to be uppermost. With a box-type drum you will have to lift the base. However with hole uppermost, it is easier to pour than hole downwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Buy yourself a 20l plastic gas can and a large funnel.



    Then one time only decant the oil from the metal tin to the plastic one. You may make a small mess but it will only be once! From then on it will be easier from the plastic container. There are even some with a tap on the spout so if you find one of those then you can dispense like wine from a box!
    Thought about this method also. The pitfall is coconut oil turns solid on cool days. It is easy to heat the metal tin to liquefy the oil by putting it on a low flame on the stove. A large plastic container would be difficult to heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The pitfall is coconut oil turns solid on cool days. It is easy to heat the metal tin to liquefy the oil by putting it on a low flame on the stove. A large plastic container would be difficult to heat.
    Can you use a can opener to open the top of the can then spoon out the "solid" oil and then reheat in a sauce pan?

    I will look around. Cooking oil here also comes in 14l cans , I will see if I can find out what locals do?

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    Google "Jiggle Hose"
    I use one for Diesel.

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    There used to be Self+piercing+tin+can+spouts that were used for automobile oil.
    If you could find one of those?


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    A simple solution may be to use a water bottle swing frame…maybe your cans fit but judicious use of a hammer may answer or a local welder could modify?
    To stop the glugging and consequent spillage just pierce a hole opposite exit hole same as you would a can of condensed milk…air has to replace the liquid. If the exit hole is badly placed, punch another one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    ^ That is interesting. Works for the drum, but for a box? Will have to ponder this.
    In order to decant it the same way as shown in the video, you could make a wooden (or other) frame surrounding the square tin to make it into a circular one.

    That's one theory about how they made the pyramids : they constructed a circular wooden frame around each block and rolled em up !

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    ^^^
    Don't know if the cans have a screw top but if they do you could fabricate a simple spout by piercing the cap from the inside and inserting a nozzle from a tube of silicone..cut back to size and push on some plastic tube. The nozzles are nylon so should self seal but if not you have whole tube of silicon....

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    There used to be Self+piercing+tin+can+spouts that were used for automobile oil.
    If you could find one of those?

    This would be perfect if it fits on the square edge and is still made. I've not seen one in years.

    I'll go tomorrow to the local veterinarian and see if he has or can order a big syringe. If that bombs, I'll go to an auto supply and try to find one there. Will check for oil can spout. After that, it's on to locating the jiggle hose.

    Using the swing or building a frame (beyond my capabilities!) still would not help the problem with a messy pour. The hole in the container hardly has a lip, so still needs some kind of spout.

    Thank you all for your help!

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    1. Get a cheap spoon.

    2. Bend its handle so that it locks in to the tins hole with the spoon part jutting out at 90 degrees when the tin is upright.

    3. Pour.

    4. Tell us if it works.

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