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Old 01-12-2011, 11:28 AM
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Min. Temp?

Im sure this has been covered many time before but I want to know what the absolute lowest temp for reaction? I have been making 15 gallons at a time and normally been heating to 120 degrees, mixing 30 minutes and settling 2 hours. This has always worked well for me. Now that winter is here it takes considerable time to heat the oil to 120. Last week I heated to around 100 degrees and it seemed to work just fine. Got a nice layer of gly as usual. Trying to save time by not having to heat as long in winter. Anybody ever reacted at temps below 100? Thanks in advance..........Maxx
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Years ago I tried different temps, and found I didn't get COMPLETE conversion below 130 deg. If you go to low of a temp you may have unconverted oil in your bio.
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Yep! I have been told the same from others. Sounds like I need to keep the temps up just for insurance. Thanks for the reply....Maxx
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Just don't go above ~148, or you will begin boiling out the methanol (save that step for later)
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