Biodiesel – as easy as ABC..
What is Biodiesel?
Biodiesel is a vegetable oil-based fuel that runs in unmodified diesel engines – cars, buses, trucks, construction equipment, boats, generators, and oil home heating units. It’s usually made from canola oil or soy, and can also be made from used fryer oil from your local restaurant. It can be blended with regular diesel or run 100% biodiesel.
How do I make my own biodiesel?
You can produce your own clean-burning diesel fuel from used vegetable oil and ingredients that cost only 70 cents per gallon. FuelMeister™ makes it easy to get started. All the equipment you need is included with this fully assembled and tested system. A 40-gallon batch takes only about one hour of hands-on time to produce.
How much money can I save by making Biodiesel?
Your immediate savings per gallon will be approximately $2.30 (typical petroleum diesel cost) minus the $0.70 (very conservative) cost to make your own biodiesel. When multiplied by your family’s monthly consumption, you will know how many months it takes to recoup your investment in a FuelMeisterII biodiesel processor with your family as the sole consumer.
How much will the supplies cost?
Used cooking oil is widely available for free from your local restaurants. Racing methanol is about $2.50-$3.00 per gallon, but you only need 8 gallons for every 40 gallons of biodiesel. Lye is about $5/lb. at the hardware store but closer to $3/lb. in 50lb. bulk bags. You need about 1.5-2lbs./40 gal. Methanol can be purchased from chemical supply companies. Use beaded or granular, avoid liquid and flakes.
How much biodiesel can the FuelMeisterII™ produce?
Making only 2-3 batches per week, the FuelMeisterII™ can easily produce 340-516 gallons on ready-to-use washed biodiesel every month. If you do a good job setting up your processor you can produce 2 batches every 24 hours which adds up to 2400 gallons of biodiesel per month!
What other ways can biodiesel be used?
In most cases you can safely use up to 100% biodiesel in any device which currently uses #2 petroleum diesel. This includes cars, trucks, generators, tractors and even home heating oil furnaces.
How else can I cut biodiesel production costs?
If you can plan your production volumes carefully, you could get supplies like methanol and lye in larger volumes to keep the per-unit costs down. Setting up to collect and store supplies in larger quantities will also reduce the labor time and transportation costs as well.
How should I treat my own time in making biodiesel?
Most people who make biodiesel treat their own production time as a hobby, much like making beer or wine at home for personal consumption.