Biodiesel Tutorials

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Introduction to Biodiesel

Introduction to Biodiesel

What is biodiesel? How is it made and used? Can I use biodiesel in my car? 

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ingredients for making biodiesel

The Basic Ingredients for Biodiesel

This section contains articles describing the ingredients needed for making biodiesel.

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How to Collect Waste Vegetable Oil

Collecting WVO for Making Biodiesel

Cheap and free oil is what makes homebrew economical. Homebrewers have a big advantage over commercial producers because they can pick up oil on their way to and from work. Commercial producers either have to buy their oil and pay to have it delivered or have to hire a driver to collect oil directly from restaurants.

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Drying WVO for Biodiesel

The most common cause of problems such as emulsions and low quality conversions when making biodiesel fuel is water in the feedstock oil. You cannot tell by looking at the oil if it is dry or wet. Usually Cloudy oil is an indication of wet oil and clear oil is usually an indication of dry oil, but that is not always the case.

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Biodiesel Recipes

Biodiesel Recipes and Processes

There is more than one way to make biodiesel. This section contains articles detailing all the various methods used by hobbyists.

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making and using biodiesel in winter

Biodiesel in Winter

Tips for making and using biodiesel in the Winter. How to run biodiesel even in the coldest weather. 

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Biodiesel Safety Tips

Biodiesel Safety

This section contains tips on making biodiesel as safely as possible.

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Biodiesel Processors

Biodiesel Processors

Home for many different kinds of biodiesel processors. Bucket mixers to big commercial processors. 

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The Appleseed Biodiesel Processor

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The Appleseed Biodiesel Reactor is a water heater based processor design. It is the design popularized by Maria "Girl Mark" Alovert in her worldwind tours of the country planting the seeds of biodiesel in her homebrew workshops.

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Biodiesel Equipment notes and processor upgrades

Equipment Notes and Upgrades

This section covers things like mixing improvements, venturii, pump upgrades, and assorted equipment useful to the biodiesel hobbyist.

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drywashing Biodiesel

Dry Washing Biodiesel

Some people don't have access to water where they process, some want to simplify the purification process, while some just don't like the idea of adding water to fuel for any reason.

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Water Washing Biodiesel

Water Washing Biodiesel

After making biodiesel we need to purify it before we use it. The most common and least espensive method is to wash your biodiesel with water.

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reclaiming excess methanol from biodiesel for reuse

Methanol Recovery

We make biodiesel using an excess of methanol. Recovering the methanol from the waste streams is how we make biodiesel economically. There are several methods in use, including simple distillation.

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Converting Acid Number to Percent Free Fatty Acids in Biodiesel

Biodiesel Chemistry

This section contains articles related to the chemistry behind making biodiesel

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Testing Biodiesel at home

Quality Tests for Biodiesel

This section contains tests you can perform before, durring and after you make biodiesel to ensure you are making biodiesel up to your standards.

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Dealing with byproducts

Dealing with Byproducts

The dirty little secret of homebrew is that making biodiesel generates hazardous waste. Dealing with it properly is one of the most often ignored responsibilies we have.

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