Vol. 03: Making Biodiesel

The best way to learn how to make your own backyard biodiesel is to start with a one-liter batch. It's easy to make a small batch that will work in any diesel engine. You won't need any special equipment--an old juice bottle will serve as the "reactor" vessel--and on such a small scale, you can quickly refine your technique and perform further experiments.

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This article is partly based on a series of articles by Maria "Mark" Alovert that first appeared here.

To test for the presence of glycerin, you can use the Gly-Teck test kit, which detects leaked anti-freeze in motor oil.

High-volume operations can buy a $31,000 glycerin-purification distiller here, which will convert dirty biodiesel glycerin into nice, clear, commercially valuable glycerin.

Homebrewing forum.

Another homebrewing forum.

Biodiesel policy and activism forum.

Biodiesel processor designs and other info.

Biodiesel stations and industry info.

VW diesel forum.

Setting up a commercial biodiesel pump in your town.

Videos about alternative energy, including biodiesel, available for rent from technicalvideorental.com

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