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Biodiesel - Relief From High Priced Fuel
Yudong Silica   2014-06-13 07:21:14 Author: Source:www.thebiodieselnews.com Font size:[Large][Middle][Small]

     Using biodiesel in your diesel engine is one way to fight rising fuel costs.  The idea here is that the higher the percentage of "bio" blended into your diesel fuel the more money you are saving.  I think of it a $$$ per gallon instead of miles per gallon.

     Biodiesel is the name for a variety of ester-based oxygenated fuels made from animal and vegetable oils. The concept of using vegetable oil as a fuel dates back to 1895 when Dr. Rudolf Diesel developed the peanut oil fueled engine. Diesel demonstrated his engine at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900.

     Today biodiesel is primarily made out of soy or canola oil. Buying biodiesel keeps your diesel costs down and farmers in business. Running on Biodiesel fuel is also good for the environment and reduces emissions as much as 80%.

     Owners of vehicles with diesel engines can use biodiesel fuel without having to make any engine modifications. Some hoses may need to be changed because vegetable oil degrades most types of natural rubber. You can go to the website of the National Biodiesel Board you can find plenty of information about where to buy biodiesel in your area. There is an interactive map that allows you to locate Bio-diesel retailers nearest to your home.

  If you're feeling really adventurous, you can make your own bio fuel from used vegetable oil, which is available for free at a lot of restaurants. You can either purchase a small production system or make your own biodiesel to add to your diesel engine by mixing up a few chemicals in a fuel reactor or blender.

     You can also fight diesel prices by converted your car into a SVO (straight vegetable oil) engine.  In essence these kits, called In essence these kits, called grease car kits allow you to build a small processor inside your car or truck that will heat and prepare the used vegetable oil so that you can burn it in the cars engine.

     A heating element, thermostat and special hoses that cannot be damaged by vegetable oil are a few of the components of this kind of kit.

     Usually these types of converters cost anywhere from $1500.00 to $3,000.00.  Like most products, you get what you pay for. However if you install one it is an effective way you can fight rising diesel prices and make your own fuel for as little as 70 cents per gallon.

 
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