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Old 02-26-2006, 09:10 PM
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Whats the cost to make bio diesel?

If one was to buy the 500.00 machine, and make their own fuel, what is the average cost per gallon once you get up and running. Im considering this, but If its not going to save me money, its not worth it to me. I called a local place that sells it here in Berkley CA, and they want 3.60 a gallon for B99. To me, 90 cents more a gallon isnt worth it. Thanks for the help.
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If your good it seems the final cost to produce the fuel is .70 a gallon once the hardware is purchased.
The major cost is the methanol .
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If one was to buy the 500.00 machine, and make their own fuel, what is the average cost per gallon once you get up and running. Im considering this, but If its not going to save me money, its not worth it to me. I called a local place that sells it here in Berkley CA, and they want 3.60 a gallon for B99. To me, 90 cents more a gallon isnt worth it. Thanks for the help.
my cost: $.30-$.45 per gallon with methanol recovery. Methanol costs vary on a day to day basis. The supplier I use calls me when the price hits a low point so I can buy in bulk. FABMANDELUX.
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OK, thats better than I expected. Thanks. So you guys run zero #2?
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OK, thats better than I expected. Thanks. So you guys run zero #2?
I'm using B-80 right now because of gelling problems in winter. Will start using B-100 in about 6 weeks, or whenever nightime temps are higher than 40 deg f. I've been making bio for 2 years now and have only bought 200 gal of dino-diesel. I'ts made a huge differance in the profit for my farm. FABMANDELUX.
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I'm using B-80 right now because of gelling problems in winter. Will start using B-100 in about 6 weeks, or whenever nightime temps are higher than 40 deg f. I've been making bio for 2 years now and have only bought 200 gal of dino-diesel. I'ts made a huge differance in the profit for my farm. FABMANDELUX.
Thank you for your help.... Have you ever heard of Bio Diesel harming an engine? Do you know of any online comparison charts showin Bio, to the #2 after years of use? You have to forgive all the questions LOL, For some reason its hard to belive you can make fuel for these thing so cheap. I need a little convincing LOL.
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Thank you for your help.... Have you ever heard of Bio Diesel harming an engine? Do you know of any online comparison charts showin Bio, to the #2 after years of use? You have to forgive all the questions LOL, For some reason its hard to belive you can make fuel for these thing so cheap. I need a little convincing LOL.
Try: http://www.biodieselcommunity.org/ I do have some links to some studys ................but I'll have to find them.

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Hey Gt, If you take a little more time you wont be as huge as Fabman but you can build your own system for less than 500. Your major costs can be eliminated by using a junkyard for a variety of parts. 55 gal barrels, auto fuel pumps, used waterheaters, then your just down to new filters and fittings. Im still working on mine but both Fabman and Firerooster have been helpful. Just alot of google searches will turn up info to support you. Make your own you will be happy.
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Mine runs about .48-.66 a gallon. Not quite as good as Fabman costs but still way cheaper then Dino, better for my truck and Momma's too. I save about 460.00 dollars a month just using BD over PD. I run B100 year round here in PHX.
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where can i get the materials needed to make bio and how much will it cost
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Ok I dont know if any of yall have seen Dirty Jobs where Mike goes to the guy who makes Bio, But he has those HUGE clear tanks, and Im wondering if using a clear tank helps any by being able to see whats in there. Also would old fertilzer tanks work? Id only need to make about 35 to 40 gallons at a time, and that will get me going for about 2 weeks. Fabman, you drive an older truck right? How much did it cost you to change all your lines?
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Fabman, you drive an older truck right? How much did it cost you to change all your lines?
I don't remember, but it was'nt much. My mix tanks and main settling tank are all plastic, and yes it does make it alot easier!

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