When you want to make your own biofuel at home or you’re just curious, you’re going to need to research on biodiesel processors, a centrifuge or pump that heats a chemical and vegetable oil mixture to create the fuel while agitating it. These products can be purchased professionally or made at home using a lot of ingenuity and a couple trial runs.
For any size batch a biodiesel processor is going to do essentially the same thing. First it’s going to heat the chemical and oil mixture. This should be done in an airtight manner to avoid the leaking of any methanol gas that can cause flame as well as health risks. Once the oil and chemicals reach the correct temperature for processing, the biodiesel processor will agitate the solution for a given period depending on the size of the batch being produced. In order to keep the solution at the right temperature, the machine will either be well insulated or have a small heating source to keep the temperature constant. For this reason, all processors should have a thermometer to accurately read the internal temp of the solution.
The agitation can be done with a paddle mixture or a pump. The effect is generally the same – the chemical solution of lye and alcohol is incorporated with the oil to induce the chemical process to make a biofuel. After the agitation is done, the machine (or set of buckets if that’s what you have) will rest the mixture to allow a glycerine by-product to settle before the fuel is removed to be washed of methanol traces.
With prices soaring at the gas pumps, using an alternative fuel source can seem very inviting when filling up your tank. In some parts of the United States, it is estimated that future gas prices will rise to four dollars per gallon or more. When compared to the cost of biodiesel at roughly one dollar per gallon, there is really no contest between fossil and biofuel. There are a few different options for finding biofuel retailers and distributors.
However, producing your own alternative fuel at home through the use of biodiesel processors is a very viable option.
Biodiesel processors can be bought in prefabricated kits that come with everything you would need to become your own source of biofuel. Depending upon your usage and specific needs, there are processors on the market today that can make as little as four gallons per batch all the way up to 600 gallons per day. Granted, the larger production units are usually used for farming but it could come in handy for a multi-vehicle household as well.
If manufactured processor kits are out of your price range, you may be able to assemble your own from scratch for less cost. By learning about everything you would need and researching various sources on the internet for the materials, a processor you custom design may very well meet your specific needs better than a prefabricated kit could. There are also a few books that have been written on the subject that may be of some use to you as well. By exploring all of the do-it-yourself options, owning a biodiesel processor and producing your own biofuel could save you quite a substantial amount of money you would otherwise be spending at the gas station.
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