Make Biodiesel At Home
The rising prices of fuel are causing many people to start to look at
alternatives. People are cutting back on their fuel usage and also giving alternative fuels a try. A
good alternative to petroleum based gasoline is biodiesel. Biodiesel fuel
is clean burning and renewable. It is a vegetable oil based fuel that costs far less then traditional fuels,
plus is much better for the environment.
Biodiesel fuel is produced through a process called transesterification. The process
involves removing the fat from the vegetable oil and leaving behind byproducts, like methyl esters and
glycerin. Unlike traditional petroleum based fuels, biodiesel is free of sulfur and aromatics, which is why
it burns cleaner and is so much better for the environment.
Besides all the environmental benefits, biodiesel excels above traditional petroleum based
fuels because you can make it at home. With some simple tools you can produce your own fuel, which is the
most cost efficient way to ever get fuel.
To get started and to get a feel for the process you can start by making a small batch of biodiesel
fuel. Once you get the hang of the process and see how easy it really is then you can start making
biodiesel for your everyday needs.
The things you will need in order to make biodiesel fuel are lye, 200 milliliters of methanol
and 1 liter of vegetable oil. To start the process you need to dissolve the lye in the methanol. This
creates sodium methoxide. Once the lye is dissolved and the sodium methoxide is created, you need to mix it
with the vegetable oil for 20 minutes. The easiest way to do this is to use a blender, set on low speed with
the lid securely on tight.
When the blending is complete it should be left to sit for 8 hours. This will separate out the glycerin
and it will sink to the bottom of the container. After the 8 hours resting time you will need to separate out
the glycerin. You can either throw out the glycerin or you can use it to make soap, since glycerin is the
main product found in soaps. Once you have separated the glycerin out you are ready to use your biodiesel
There are biodiesel kits available that come with large tanks which can make much larger batches then you can
make in your blender. These kits can be quite expensive, but it is worth the expense if you are going to
making your own biodiesel for use in your vehicle. Besides the money saved on fuel will
defiantly more than make up for the cost of the kit.
A biodiesel fuel kit is an investment. It is a way to help yourself save money on fuel
and a way to help the environment by using a clean and efficient fuel source.
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