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Old 10-09-2007, 09:10 AM
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Price of methanol

Need a little help. I live in Northern VA and haven't found methanol for less than about $7-$8 / gal. If I use one gallon per 5 gallons of wvo, than lose about a 3rd of that to glycerine and other waste, I still spend about $2 /gallon before electricity, time, and other expenses.
Does anyone know a good (cheaper) supplier in NoVa or surrounding areas or online?
Also, if I used Ethanol instead of Methanol, what are the pros and cons?

I just finished my first processor. It is an appleseed and should be able to produce about one tank of bio per batch. If this goes well, I will work on Methanol recovery next.

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Update:
Just found a supplier in Hagerstown Md. that quoted $225/55gal drum. At just over $4 / gallon my math works out well.
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If you recover methanol you will drive the price even lower.
Ethanol is a little harder to use because it must be very dry and you will have to pay taxes on it, just incase you decide to quench your thirst.
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Thanks Phyeaux. They get enough taxes from my beer habit. That will be the next brewing project at my house!!
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