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Try cooking down plastics and running the resultant fluid through water to allow the Diesel fuel to rise out and be captured for use ...
One example is set up 2 side by side 55 gallon drums: 1 on top of a fire pit; the other half filled with water.
For the 1 on top of the fire pit, cut a 3-5 inch hole 1/3 the way up from bottom, attach a 3-5 inch pipe to fit and make sure it is 10 feet long to run into the bottom of 2nd 55 gallon drum.
Now, fill the first drum with various plastics cover with a thick screen and cook.
The plastic goop flowing into the 2nd drum will separate out above the water line as usable Diesel fuel.
Would probably work best on farms with a lot of Diesel fuel needs located somewhat close to a landfill.

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color me skeptical.

while I do believe it could be done, I think the apparatus would need to be a bit more controlled than a barrel on a fire pit.
 
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Rick :
Tel : I just bumped up an old Thread that is germain ! " Urban Rocket stoves Burning plastic in Jakarta'' Rocket Stoves Forum Threads ! Big AL !
 
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The process is quite temperature critical so far better to use a thermostat control electric heater and some solar panels.

Maybe in years to come they will be mining the landfill sites to recover the plastic and turn it into diesel.
 
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r john wrote:The process is quite temperature critical so far better to use a thermostat control electric heater and some solar panels.

Maybe in years to come they will be mining the landfill sites to recover the plastic and turn it into diesel.



In the future, when plastic has become gold, every dollar store will be a Fort Knox.
 
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I am keeping an eye on these folks , north of Denver.

http://ch2e.com/
 
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But wouldn't you still be transforming carbon (and other elements) from a stable bound form into a gaseous form? Would this not effect the net carbon (and other elements/compounds) in the atmosphere and biosphere? Just curious
 
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"Would this not effect the net carbon (and other elements/compounds) in the atmosphere and biosphere?" We are not all true-believers here.

This is a decent approach to waste management and is certainly healthier than burning plastics directly as fuel.

I agree that landfills will likely be "mined" for fuel, metals and rare-earth minerals.
 
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