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Alternative Diesel Fuels (Biodiesel, WVO, SVO, BTL, GTL etc) Discussions about alternative fuels for use in our TDI's. This includes biodiesel WVO (Waste Vegetable Oil), SVO (Straight Vegetable Oil), BTL (Biomass to Liquid), GTL (Gas to Liquids) etc. Please note the Fuel Disclaimer.

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Old August 29th, 2012, 17:00   #16
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Tap, can you share how and where you go about getting your wvo? I've always been interested in homebrew and in the biopro, but that seems like the most difficult part.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 17:46   #17
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Tap, can you share how and where you go about getting your wvo? I've always been interested in homebrew and in the biopro, but that seems like the most difficult part.
WVO is the hardest thing to get now. Many cities are requiring it to be recycled by companies and not allowing people to just take it.

Grow your own feedstock? I have 5 acres so I could grow Mustard Seed or one of the other easy to extract oil plants and thought about that. It would just be some watering and nature does the rest.

I know it sounds insane, hence why I haven't gotten around to even trying a test crop.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 18:15   #18
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Tap, can you share how and where you go about getting your wvo? I've always been interested in homebrew and in the biopro, but that seems like the most difficult part.
Sourcing oil is definitely where the work is involved. I have cultivated a sizeable volume of restaurants over the two years I have been doing this. I literally went door to door speaking with restaurant owners and kitchen managers. You have to have a sales mentality since you must sell them on why YOU should be their new renderer, as most likely they are already using someone else.

The keys are:
  • price - now restaurants expect to be paid for their oil instead of paying to have it hauled away
  • cleanliness - the last thing they want is some unprofessional slob making a mess that they can get fined for by the health dept if you spill
  • consistency - when they need their drum emptied they have to know you will be there on schedule. Without this they have no place to dump their oil

If you can put your sales cap on and speak intelligently to the owners on these topics you will have a good shot. Here in California we have more stringent requirements since they have categorized WVO as "IKG" (inedible kitchen grease) and that requires a permit/registration to haul.

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Old August 29th, 2012, 18:18   #19
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Grow your own feedstock? I have 5 acres so I could grow Mustard Seed or one of the other easy to extract oil plants and thought about that. It would just be some watering and nature does the rest.

I know it sounds insane, hence why I haven't gotten around to even trying a test crop.
Not as insane as you might think if you have the time and property to do it. Interesting that you mention mustard seed...I just picked up 825 gallons of virgin mustard seed oil this past January. Never processed that oil before but it makes a great winter fuel since it has a much lower gel point than soy or canola oil...allowing one to run the fuel in the middle of winter without any concerns even below freezing.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 18:56   #20
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Not as insane as you might think if you have the time and property to do it. Interesting that you mention mustard seed...I just picked up 825 gallons of virgin mustard seed oil this past January. Never processed that oil before but it makes a great winter fuel since it has a much lower gel point than soy or canola oil...allowing one to run the fuel in the middle of winter without any concerns even below freezing.
Yep, I was thinking about that as well as it's yield per acre is high.
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Old August 30th, 2012, 12:22   #21
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Yep, I was thinking about that as well as it's yield per acre is high.
That has the ringing bells of a business opportunity...
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If you are interested in a BioPro 190 that works great, I am selling one for $4,000.
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This thread is from 2012.
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Yeah, I was not interested in selling my BioPro 190 in 2012 - or thru 2017, for that matter.
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