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While fuel prices are nothing like they were last summer (but they are climbing), there are still plenty of reasons to want to make your own biodiesel. Homebrew biodieselers are, on the whole, a careful bunch and there are plenty of classes available to make sure your mixing of vegetable fat, lye and methanol goes smoothly. Not everyone does it right every time, though, and The Associated Press has found a few incidents of biodiesel makers setting garages and backyards on fire in at least five s
As pump prices hit $10 /gallon in the UK, the demand for do-it-yourself biodiesel kits is rising just as fast. Companies that manufacture the kits for brewing diesel at home like Goat Industries are finding it hard to keep up with demand as sales as risen by 25 percent in the past year. Home brewing of biodiesel can cost as little as 15p/liter or $1.14 /gallon which makes it a highly attractive prospect. British drivers have also been encouraged by the elimination of taxes on low volume fuel pro
If you missed the advanced biodiesel how-to classes last month, biodiesel pioneer Maria "Girl Mark" Alovert will be teaching three more such classes before July 2007, and this time you don't need to be in California to participate. Well, at least for two of them.
Dr. Luc Duchesne has developed a self-contained, home-based biodiesel production unit. This consumer-friendly invention looks like a moonshiner's still but mixes and refines biodiesel without constant supervision. The idea is to let the Frankentank mix the animal fat or vegetable oil with the alcohol and catalyst until the biodiesel is brewed. About 58 gallons of feedstock will produce 52 gallons of biodiesel. A batch of biodiesel takes between 8 and 18 hours to produce. The Frankentank prototyp
Do you have leftover oil from the last time you deep fried a turkey and want to use it to power your car? Do you want to be one of those people who picks up waste vegetable oil from outside the back door of restaurants? If yes, and you live in (or are willing to travel to) California, North or South Carolina or Florida this fall, then get ready to learn to make biodiesel from the master. Maria "Mark" Alovert has been on the forefront of the homebrew biodiesel movement for many years now (her hom