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Bio Diesel, the facts please gentlemen.

 
 
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Roger
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:06 am    Post subject: Bio Diesel, the facts please gentlemen. Reply with quote

If I was to start brewing my own fuel, I have to consider the cost of the raw material, the equipment cost ( cash down plus running costs ) plus the labour involved.

The last item---labour---must be juggled between what I am saving and what else I could be doing.

To this can be added the legality of the enterprise. How much can I store? How much can I make in a year? Are there any measures I need to take to safeguard my neighbour's property? or my own for that matter.

A roughish estimate suggests that Viv and I use 2000 litres a year. Would making my own be a practical proposition and what savings could I expect to make per year?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has this idea sprung from my visit? Very Happy

I know very little about making Bio but as you know I use it when I can get it. I just did a search and found a B100 (Biodiesel) supplier about 10 miles from you: D & B Biofuels Ltd. Might save you the hassle of making it yourself? Or if you still want to DIY they also supply filtered WVO and Im sure if you asked nicely they might supply you with the required chemicals too.

Sorry I cant help more but there are plenty on here who can.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BigDaveGrrr wrote:
Has this idea sprung from my visit? Very Happy

I know very little about making Bio but as you know I use it when I can get it. I just did a search and found a B100 (Biodiesel) supplier about 10 miles from you: D & B Biofuels Ltd. Might save you the hassle of making it yourself? Or if you still want to DIY they also supply filtered WVO and Im sure if you asked nicely they might supply you with the required chemicals too.

Sorry I cant help more but there are plenty on here who can.


Hi Dave

To an extent, maybe also to see the look on my neighbours faces as they try and figure out why the cruiser smells like a chippy!!!

The other reason is to know what's what. I should at least find out what is involved and whether it would prove to be a viable proposition.

I have made a note as to your suggestion and I will ask them how they sell it. Bidford is an easy 10 or so miles away so when I am in the area, I can pop in for a chat.

Cheers

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It won't smell with bio. Wink

Have a look and search here:

http://www.vegetableoildiesel.co.uk/forum/index.php

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whenever Ive filled up with B100 its smelled like a chippy and once a sandwich toaster!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may not have been real bio but "treated" veg oil Wink

Some suppliers have been known to pass is off as bio Evil or Very Mad


Mine normall smells of chips as I run on veg Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need to regard making your own Bio Diesel as a Hobby - its not an easy or quick process

Very labour intensive, messy, smelly and involves dangerous chemicals....

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ive been making biodiesel since september last year, total set up was just over £ 1,000 it may sound a lot,but ive only got to make another 250 litres and ive made my money back,i'm lucky in that i don't pay for the waste oil,i've worked it out and it costs me 23p to make 1litre that includes chemicals and electric to run all the equipment,it takes me 3-5 days to make a 150 litre batch but a lot of the time its just settling between processes i use electrical timers so i'm not running in and out the shed all the time,hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Smiths wrote:
It won't smell with bio. Wink

Have a look and search here:

http://www.vegetableoildiesel.co.uk/forum/index.php


re- it wont smell with bio ?? ,oh yes it will belive me it will Laughing
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