Biodiesel fuel is becoming a popular alternative to regular gasoline and diesel that we all buy at the corner gas station. As the price of gas rises our modern society that is so reliant on petroleum products for its energy needs has started to search for alternative ways to fuel our needs. One option is to make biodiesel, an alternative fuel source we can make right in our own backyards.
Biodiesel fuel is made from vegetable oil. That’s right, it the same stuff we all use to cook with everyday. The process to make biodiesel is relatively easy too. The vegetable will need to be run through a biodiesel processor which converts the oil into a fuel that can be used in diesel engines. You will need to check with the manufacturer of your engine to make sure that it will run on biodiesel with out any problems. There are kits available to convert diesel engines that have problems with burning biodiesel.
The nice thing about a biodiesel processor is that it is relatively small, meaning you can set one up in a shed or under an awning in your backyard. There are two ways to go about getting a biodiesel processor. There are numerous internet sites that sale complete biodiesel processor kits or you can build one yourself. Plans for doing so are also available by doing an internet search.
Whether you buy a pre made processor or build one yourself getting set up is not all that complicated. To be sure to read all the instructions and safety pre-cautions before your start to make biodiesel fuel. Biodiesel processing is a type of refining and high temperatures are involved so you need to be careful to avoid the risk of serious burns.
One of the best ways to learn how to make biodiesel fuel is to learn from someone who is already doing it and is familiar with the process and equipment. They can give you all the details involved in making biodiesel and if they let you help make a batch or two you’ll get a good feel for what the process is like and if it is indeed something you would like to do.
While the kits used to make biodiesel can be pricey up front and can cost several thousand dollars for a higher end model it is important to remember that over the life of the processor you will save money as the price of gas continues to rise and you no longer have to join everyone else at the gas pumps.