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Who makes it?

Bio-diesel..... anyone here tried it? Anyone tried to make the stuff? I'd like to hear about a "home made" system....something that really works. Anyone tried it yet?

Is there a commercial producer here? Does anyone know someone that is a commercial producer of Bio-Diesel? :shrug:
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Several people here make it. I use it all the time. It's easy once you build a little confidence. Look at http://www.biodieselcommunity.org/ it is a good start. I use 55gal drums to make mine. I like the appleseed processors in theory but I've never used one.

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Should be a pretty hot topic with fuel aiming @ 3.00 bucks a gallon pretty soon. ....seems kind'a like a dead topic?
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I think most of us probably spend time on the bio forums when discussing fuel. I come here for truck talk and go there for fuel talk. I will help out however I can on here just ask any questions you want.

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I am getting my equipment lined up as we speek with a buddie of mine. I have been reading alot online at about alot of the different methods and everyone says that there process works the best, which I can understand. My question to you is how do you make it and what kind of settup do you use??? Thankyou in advance for any advice and methods you can help me with.




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[QUOTE=Motown Fire]akapparos :Thumbup:

I am getting my equipment lined up as we speek with a buddie of mine. I have been reading alot online at about alot of the different methods and everyone says that there process works the best, which I can understand. My question to you is how do you make it and what kind of settup do you use??? Thankyou in advance for any advice and methods you can help me with.





I use two 55 gal. drums. One for processing and one for washing. I subscribe to the cheap is good :Thumbup: cheaper is better method of processing.

I heat my oil with a turkey cooker and mix the methanol and lye in a plastic Wal-Mart kerosene jug. I don't mind shaking it manually. I personally use 4g of lye plus the titration result per liter of oil and haven't had any problems yet. Some recommend 3.5g and some 5g so I split the difference for my base value.

I heat my oil to at least 280* to make sure all the water is out then let it cool to 130* before adding the methanol. I stir it with a heavy duty paint mixer for 3 min. every 15 min. for 1 hour then let it settle for another 2 hours. I drain off the glycerin and transfer the bio to the wash tank. I fill the wash tank by using a mist method then bubble wash with that water over night. I drain the water off and aggressively spray the tank full again and bubble wash. I have been trying the aggressive washing during my second wash and it has worked real well so far. I haven't made a final decision on whether I will do this all the time though.

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Titrate at least twice with the same result.
Get good scales and syringes
Make sure you have plenty of room to set up your work area(you will still need more....but I tried to warn you.)
Keep your equipment clean
Big batches are more forgiving than small batches

If you guys want lots of details pm me and I will give you my number and we can discuss it on the phone. This is just the basics and by no means does this encompass the whole process.

I can try to get some pics this weekend if you want.

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Thanks for the info. I would be interested in seeing some pics whenever you have a chance. I am open to any and all advice and ideas. Thanks again.......

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Alex, what would you guess your cost per gallon is?

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I'm in the process of building an appleseed with the standpipe washtank. I've got a 50 gal electric waterheater and a 55 gal metal drum so far and the best part is they were both free. I've been searching for cheap or cheaper ball valves right now. I'm building this in my shed which is about 50 yards from the house for safety. I have yet to check with my local authorities about legality though. Hopefully mid summer I will be making fuel. We'll see.

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