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With all the attention we've been giving lately to the mega-ethanol plants, I thought it was time to shift gears and highlight the options for the DIY crowd. It's not easy to make biofuel yourself, but it's a lot of fun to turn waste grease into something your car can drink.

There’s something about homebrewing biodiesel that meshes real well with the American myth of self-reliance. Instead of giving one of the major oil companies 30 bucks a week, you can go pick up waste oil, a barrel of methanol and a few other chemicals and make your own. Jeffrey Orrey, the subject of this article in Boulder’s Daily Camera, enjoys making his own biodiesel for about 70 cents a gallon, he says, and he hasn't been to a gas station in two months.

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