Dillon Nichols wrote:For me, I don't like the idea of dealing with the methanol and glycerin byproducts
Dillon Nichols wrote:
I'll be interested to hear what decision you reach; do you have a thread for your uhaul? Are the idi vans missing the tachometer like mine was? Bugged me, so I bought an AIC with RPM display on it.
tel jetson wrote:the methanol can be recovered with a simple still and reused for the next batch. I've heard mention of possibly using ethanol instead of methanol, too, but don't know how practical that is on a home scale.
Wes Cooke wrote:So, what are the pros and cons of WVO vs biodiesel, from an entirely DIY standpoint? My preliminary thoughts... there seems to be a fair amount of the preparation that is similar. Whatever is collected has to be filtered, heated, dewatered, etc. There are obviously some additional steps in making the biodiesel, so I can imagine that the process would be a bit more time consuming.
Wes Cooke wrote:My original motivation for WVO was that I didn't want to buy fuel. My motivation for biodiesel would be the same... I'd rather spend the time filtering/making my own biodiesel or WVO than spend the time sitting in an office to make the money to buy it for $5/gallon.
Wes Cooke wrote:Financially, installing a conversion kit for WVO ranges $500-$1500, depending on how much of it I do/fabricate yourself. If the vehicle dies though, there will probably be some significant work in adapting/fabricating a system for the next vehicle. With the biodiesel apparatus, I buy one processor (which I've heard is at least 2x the price of the WVO setup) but the end result can be used in anything that runs diesel.
Wes Cooke wrote:No turbo as of yet, although I'm strongly considering dropping the $$ for a Banks turbo, only for the gas mileage increase.
Robbie Robinson wrote:In my 2000 7.3L Turbo Diesel I have used straight used motoroil with no harmful effects several times.