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Old 06-25-2008, 05:12 PM   #1
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Diesel for around 1 $ a gallon

How to Do-It-Yourself Biodiesel - Diesel Power Magazine

I'm already thinking of selling the chevy C30 that is on its way to me and buy me a diesel.
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Old 06-25-2008, 06:11 PM   #2
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This is a persuasive article. Makes me wonder why we aren't trying it since we fume about diesel costs daily. Guess we are concerned about protecting the warranty that's left for one thing. ~G
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Bio-Diesel = Busy Work

Bio Diesel certianly caught my attention last year I was looking at a new F350. I spent a a good eal of time investigiating it's viability and taled with a couple of bio diesel folks and found that it is a viable reduced cost alternative to the pump, however...The truth about bio diesel is it requires a fair amount of leg work procuring spent oil and converting to a consumable product. If I was retired I would definately pursue it, but with a daily work schedule it's a bit more than I can deal with. If it was easy everyone with a diesel would be doing. Just my tcw.
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Old 06-25-2008, 07:00 PM   #4
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Any of your friends own restaurants...? As they point out, you need a reliable source of the oil.
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Deep fried bio-dezel..

great, as long as your not the one eating all that df food

two tankfulls and someone drops dead.
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:02 AM   #6
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What I have found is that the bosch fuel pump has no problem with the home brew diesel.
some other pumps don't like it.
I can't find the info about the pump used by GM.
Diesel is over 7.5 usd a gallon here in the netherlands.
I find remanufacterd GM fuel pumps for around 750 usd so even when you need to replace the fuelpump once a year it's stil a huge saving.
Did someone find some more usefull links about this?
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Old 06-26-2008, 07:50 AM   #7
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Dont know if this helps but;
I know someone who uses this setup, I asked how he does it and he said that he has a fuel storage tank mounted on a trailer with a smaller tank sitting at 2 resturants. When they change their oil it gets dumped into the small tank, he then goes by after work and checks the tank to see how full it is, when it is near full he pulls the tank on the trailer to work and stops on his way home to empty the smaller tank, then on the weekend when he is off he converts it to fuel for use. The only drawback he said was a real problem is when he travels which is about every other or third weekend with the horse trailer and show horses. It is hard to locate resturants to get enough to convert in a short period even though he can make the fuel conversion directly on his truck. So he uses the converted fuel when going on the trip and Bio Diesel for the return if needed. He does have 3 tanks on the truck, 2 fuel and 1 for conversion.
I was going to do the same thing but everyone in this area has caught on to the idea and wants to charge for their used oil which makes it nearly as costly as just buying it from the pump.
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I was going to do the same thing but everyone in this area has caught on to the idea and wants to charge for their used oil which makes it nearly as costly as just buying it from the pump.
That's the fly in the ointment, isn't it?
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That's the fly in the ointment, isn't it?
Yes it is...

Here is another link for this subject

Diesel Secret Energy - Alternative Biofuel Biodiesel

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How to Do-It-Yourself Biodiesel - Diesel Power Magazine

I'm already thinking of selling the chevy C30 that is on its way to me and buy me a diesel.
Unrelated, entirely, but I used to run my business out of the same location as the one in the article. Small world, isn't it?
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I have a 2006 Ford F250 6.0 powerstroke. The manual says to use a maximum of 5% biodiesel. Hardly worth the trouble. If I use more it would probably void the warranty.
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I was going to do the same thing but everyone in this area has caught on to the idea and wants to charge for their used oil which makes it nearly as costly as just buying it from the pump.
This was only a matter of time...about the time everyone jumped on the band wagon and bought diesels.

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I have a 2006 Ford F250 6.0 powerstroke. The manual says to use a maximum of 5% biodiesel. Hardly worth the trouble. If I use more it would probably void the warranty.
This is rub #2. It will void the warranty to use more that 5% bio-diesel.

Bio-diesel and e-85 have also had some really detrimental affects on the third world food markets and is becoming a nightmare for the rain forest. Neither is a good answer IMHO.
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I dont know about the newer trucks, I am to understand that the new tri-fuel engines can run this without problems as it is made for this.
My friend has a 1999 7.0 ford which is the old engine and has never had any problems with his in any way with the exception of changing filters more often. He also runs it in his tractor with very little problems.
The link I provided is a system that does not require alot of time to convert, My friend does his over night while asleep.

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The city i live in (Daphne,AL) has their own processing plant and they run all of their diesel equip. and trucks on biodiesel. Save tons of money and they claim better performance and less maintainance.
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