Thanksgiving thoughts: biodiesel from a deep-fried turkey

In the last few years, there have been a lot of people who have changed the cooking device for the holiday bird from the oven to a big deep fryer. As our DIY readers probably know, all of this frying oil can create a great opportunity to later make biodiesel. Since it takes around 3-5 gallons of oil to fry a turkey, the days after Thanksgiving are a great time to collect for your home Appleseed reactor. This is what my friends and I did a few years ago and it worked quite well.

If you're a cooker but not a biodiesel brewer, you can still contribute. Last year, Reuters had an article about biodiesel producers in Plano, Texas (north of Dallas) that says that in the week following Turkey Day they gathered up 500 gallons of used oil from people who had friend their birds. Not a bad idea. So, on this American day of giving thanks, if you're going to fry a bird but don't know what you're going to do with the leftover fuel, call up a local biodiesel organization and tell them that you've got something to give them. They'll probably thank you for it.

The deep-fried turkey photos in the gallery are by Nukeit1, NikiSublime and Dnigh. CC 2.
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