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The Appleseed

Written by Rick Da Tech

Origins of the Appleseed Biodiesel Reactor

The Appleseed 1.0 Biodiesel Processor

The Appleseed Biodiesel Processor is a water heater based processor made popular by Maria "Girl Mark" Alovert, through the internet and her nationwide workshop tours where she teaches making biodiesel using the Appleseed reactor design.

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Appleseed Processor Plans

Appleseed 2.0 Biodiesel Processor Plans

These Appleseed Biodiesel Processor Plans keep the initial design intent while incorporating a number of critical safety improvements. These improvements are time tested and effective. These Appleseed Plans include a complete parts list.

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Appleseed 3.1 Biodiesel Processor

Appleseed 3.1 Biodiesel Processor

This Biodiesel Processor design is the Son of Appleseed. It has several major improvements to safety and effeciency. It is however a little more difficult to build and calls for some custom made parts. You should be able to get the custom parts from a local plumber.

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Choosing a Water Heater for your Appleseed Processor

Choosing a Water Heater

How to pick a water heater for your Appleseed. New or Used? What Size? Gas or Electric? and more.

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Wiring the Appleseed Processor

Wiring the Appleseed Biodiesel Processor

Wiring the Applseed is not all that difficult, once you understand the basics. "Wiring the Appleseed" provides the information you make your Appleseed work. If you feel uncomfortable with modifying electrical appliances, get an electrician to help.

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Upgrading the Clearwater Pump fo Biodiesel Processors

Upgrading the Clearwater Pump

There are two pumps that are commonly used as biodiesel processor pumps. The NT Clear Water Pump has a long history of reliability when used as a biodiesel mixing pump. The less expensive Harbor Freight pump is considerably less reliable. For better or worse, homebrewing seems to be wedded to these pumps.

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Control Panels for the Appleseed

Control Panel

Automation is one of the key factors to long term success with making your own biodiesel at home. These control panel plans make the Appleseed safer and simpler to operate. They use simple inexpensive parts and are based on 1950's technology.

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Mixing Methoxide

Mixing Methoxide

Mixing Methoxide the easy way. "Girl Mark" explains her method of mixing methoxide. This article was originally part of the Collaborative Biodiesel Tutorial.

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Loading oil into the Appleseed Reactor

How to Load Oil into an Applseed Biodiesel Processor

There are a various ways to get oil into your appleseed. This article goes over the most popular methods.

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Vented Cubie Caps

Vented Cubie Caps

Draining the glycerin can expose you to high levels of methanol fumes. These can be virtually eliminated with a vented oil cubie cap. The cap will let you drain your glycerin into the cubies the oil came in without exposing you to methanol vapors.

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WARNING

Making Biodiesel requires the use of flammable, toxic liquids and strong caustics to make a fuel. No matter what safety precautions are put in place or what equipment you use, making biodiesel will never be a safe hobby and can place you, your property, and your family at risk of injury or even death. Make Biodiesel at your own risk.

 

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