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Old January 14th, 2007, 09:02 PM
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Homebrew biodiesel

I have started to do some research on biodiesel and of course the net is full of it. I was hoping to talk to some real world people who do it and use it on their rovers or other cars.
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Old January 14th, 2007, 10:24 PM
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I've got about 15k biodiesel miles on my truck, none homebrew stuff. I've had the gamut of problems from gelling to dirty fuel, but nothing has been a show stopper. Its killed a couple fuel filters, but thats the worst of it. It is eating the paint on my underseat spare tank, but I'm careful to keep it off the paint by the body mounted filler. I also have teflon fuel lines. Oh, it killed my injector return hoses too.
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Old January 15th, 2007, 11:02 AM
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I've got a meeting tomorrow about some summer research on biodiesel that my company will be involved with (I'll be supervising some interns testing new technologies). I don't use it in my car, but I can tell you how to make it in your backyard and put you in touch with some people at JMU (VA's leading biodiesel school) that are making it in the labs there with homebrew kits. I'm also on a committee that just got $1mil. from NFWF to test transportable pyrolysis in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to do waste to energy stuff.

What are you looking to learn?
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Old January 15th, 2007, 12:32 PM
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This is exactly why I love Rovers, people from everywhere involved. I want to know the exact steps to make it, and I would rather put together my own processing unit. I feel I can do it for alot less than what I read on the net. . I will be in coastal NC so I don't have the extreme cold temps of processing it. Eveything I read online says to change the filters due to the gunk it clears out. I figure there is a learning curve for this, but I want to do it right and for as little out of pocket as possible incase I don't like it. I am pretty good at following recipes, I took a lot of chem labs in college, I just need to know all the steps.
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sent you a PM with the contact info for the person you need to talk to
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Don't do it. Biodiesel is the devils work. Only petrochemicals can continue to dissolve our planet and fuel the space race.

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Old January 15th, 2007, 07:17 PM
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Biodiesel, who needs it. There has been a lot of research and testing to get the oil out of some of the shales in Wyoming without strip mining. Supposed to be more oil in it than has been pumped out of the ground to date.

They have experimented with injecting propane with oxygen, lighting it off so it will heat the shale, causing the oil to flow. Then they pump it out with nearby wells.





So far they have the cost down to a little under a million bucks a barrel.
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Aaron,

You may already know of this site, but if not there some good stuff here:
http://journeytoforever.org/biodiesel.html

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got it bryan thanks. My goal now is to go visit one of these garage breweries and see what all is involved. Hoping to get some hands on experience.
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here is a site I ran across, it details towards the bottom the exact way to homebrew.Plus there is a PDF on it that gives you more info.

http://www.noendpress.com/caleb/biodiesel/index.php
Biodiesel Benz: Converting a Mercedes Diesel to Run Vegetable Oil or Used Cooking Oil
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DesertRat beat me to it. Journeytoforever.org has a lot of useful, though somewhat disorganized information about making your own biodiesel. If you're serious, find a local club or group. There are plenty of people willing to share there biodiesel knowledge and experiences with you.

One thing to consider is if you're going to use wash water and, if so, how you plan to dispose of it. There are methods that don't use this step which I believe to be a better solution (no water, no water to dispose of).

Whatever you do, spend some time studying and understanding the chemistry behind the process.
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