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Old 09-30-2008, 07:07 AM
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Glycerin, Glycerin everwhere, what to do?

The age old problem for us larger-batch bio guys.

We pull ~12 gallons of gly out of every 50 gallon batch we make. Do that 2-3 times a week and you've got darn near a couple of large drums of glycerin sitting around.

We've been taking ours to a local larger bio retailer who takes it for a charge of 20cents/gal, or roughly $10 a barrel.

But it's not so much the cost as the hassle of getting it over there.

So, although I know this topic has been around the block in the past, I just wanted to get some thoughts from the folks who are producing large quantities of glycerin.

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Living on a ranch has it's benefits! I use all the glycerol I make. After recovering the MeOH I mix the glycerol 50-50 with water and use it as a dust suppressant on our gravel roads. I also mix it with water and spread it on my fields as a supplemental fertilizer. Last year I made a ton of fuel pellets using 10 percent glycerol mixed with 90 percent waste straw. The fuel pellets worked great, but I found out they burn way to hot for a pellet stove! I'm looking for a "corn" stove to try, they have a heaver fire-box that should last longer..............
 
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I just got about 2 galons of it out of a small batch and was wondering what I needed to use it as fertilizer for the rose bushes. Can I just add water to it and use it that way? I don't want to kill my plants but I've heard you can use it that way.
 
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that just depends on the kind of lye you are using.

Since we switched to NaOH, we have been using it all as a weed killer. that is saving us $$$ not buying roundup and getting it out of our way. 2 birds w/ 1 stone- and cheap fuel.
 
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