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Old March 28th, 2012, 03:24 PM
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Lightbulb Taking control of fuel costs with a TDI-mixing used oil

So I was doing some research on the topic of mixing oil with diesel in older diesels. Of course, our rover TDI's are or seem perfect for this concept. As fuel is expected to hit $5-$6 per gallon this summer, and ULSD at the top of the list, I'm interested to here what people have done here and any long term issues.

This topic is not for pure veggie oil conversions that require heaters and such, just fuel mixes to conventional TDI's.

I am seriously considering getting one of these TF1000's batch filtration systems, as it would pay for itself relatively quickly at current prices.

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Old March 28th, 2012, 04:14 PM
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So long as you have a source for the "glop" and don't mind messing with it, I suppose you can't really go too wrong.
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I'm getting the infos and experience around me to convert my 200tdi to WVO. While doing so, someone in the Land-Rover scene in Canada, told me that 50/50 mix in the beginning of summer when it's still cold is alright. Mix up to 80% veggie oil with diesel when hotter. Remember I'm in Canada so it's colder then US! The thing is all about viscosity. As long as it can pass the fuel filter you're alright. I mean, I would use straight veggie oil if I were in a hotter climate! No Diesel.
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Be sure to research using regular gasoline to help "clean" and mix the new fuel type. And look into centrifuges as opposed to "systems" that claim to be fuel refinery's
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Hey Jim, it seems to me, if you're not in a rush, the best bet is to let it settle. One of my friend bought all the things from kits to centrifuge complete system.. After trying different approach, the "let it settle for a year under the sun" was chosen and for me, it's the cheapest and environmentally the best solution. Let it settle and pump up the top portion. Filter it and poor it !
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Well

If you have time to wait for the "let it settle" approach, it is a proven method. But even so, mix in a percentage of regular unleaded gasoline and watch it settle much quicker.

The centrifuge and its new availability to the public at fair prices have also increased the speed of process time as well as outdating filters. IMO

Certainly do not mean to discount your approach. Putting the time in to make this happen takes a dedication, regardless of method and success. So your approach and experiences are very important in this discussion.

It is hard to realize a true savings in producing your own fuel. But the satisfaction in grasping at independance from Big Oil is gratifying. And helpful in keeping one step ahead of the Zombies.
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Be sure to research using regular gasoline to help "clean" and mix the new fuel type. And look into centrifuges as opposed to "systems" that claim to be fuel refinery's
So Jim, your saying that you would recommend against that ft1000 sys I posted as an option?
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Have you tried rendering whale blubber? Them critters are free for the takin'.
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The whales do not come this far inland.

Will try to read up on your fuel refinery Mark. Why don't you post some links and info here. What do you like about it?

------ Follow up post added March 29th, 2012 02:32 PM ------

Wow

Just looked at your pressure sprayer setup Mark. I do not see the value at 900.00 You should build something yourself so you will be familar to maintain it correctly.

Plus you are still left with the problems of a single tank setup. And a 50/50 mix seems like a neglible gain IMO.
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