I've been checking this forum out for a month or so, and I first heard of BD on Trucks. Stacey got a kit from FreedomFuelAmerica, which I plan to do, and started making his own, it says around 40-45gal. a day? I plan to make a batch two to three times a week. Or should I try to build my own set-up?
Right now I'm looking at getting a 1999- SD 7.3L (5.4 is petrol?) for my landscaping business, the Jeep can't pull two skids on a 16 foot. So what are the basics I need to know....I need to get lye, the powdered type, 100% racing methenol, and then the veg. oil? How many watts does it take to run the machine?
Please let me ask u a few questions that I have been dying to ask of an actual producer!
1) Did you build your processing rig or buy it, like one of the kits for sale?
2) how hard was it to collect waste oil? did you just walk into the local chinese food joint and ask?
3) how long does it really take to make a batch?
4) do you use a fuel to heat the mixture or sunlight?
1) I made my unit with help from a friend who bought one from biodieselwarehouse.com I basically reverse engineered mine from his with some of my own add-ins that i had seen on the internet I studied how to make biodiesel for over a year before i sat down and decided to piece one together.
2) Collecting oil isn't a big deal (stay away from fast food if possible) I have long been a patron of some mom and pop places in my home town so I knew the owners already. I get oil from four of these places and i always collect on mondays. But I do recommend If you are going to some place that you don't have a standing relationship with to go in on the middle of the afternoon on a weekday order a small meal or big if you like. make sure they aren't busy and ask your server to see the manager. when they come out just ask the question like you are doing an experiment with used oil that can be converted to fuel... ect.
3)It may take a couple of hours of your acctual time to get it going and after it is over to wash it. But I usually let mine run overnight. I think for a smaller batch it may take like 6 hours to be safe and let it all react.
4)I use a water heater that i disabled the upper element in and use it as the reactor. I found the water heater to be the safest method because it can be fumeless.
But here is another website to look at that may help you.