We're often asked about the current situation for finding oil. It varies! In some regions, it's free and easy to obtain. In others, you need to pay a little for it. In others, it can be quite challenging. For example, we found a few summers ago that there was a lot of free oil for the taking, in northern communities in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. A few times, there were jibs sitting, settled, waiting to be taken to the dump! (jug-in-box is the industry term for those 16 litre containers the restaurants buy oil in).
Anyway, the short answer on this is simply that you need to ask around, and be personable - and persistent. Check with local restaurants that are owner-operated. If they are not too keen at first, but you suspect they might have a good supply of good quality, you can always offer to pay a bit. It also doesn't hurt to sit down and order a meal before you start asking, create a little goodwill right at the beginning.
Then you need to be reliable! Be there when they need you to be, to take away the jibs they're set aside for you - many places only have space for 3 or 4 at a time. If you go traveling, let them know, make other arrangements, etc.
By being consistent and reliable, you can establish relationships that go on for a long time.
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