Journey to the far north
northern New York State that is. I managed to make it to the bio-diesel processor workshop hosted by Steve Spence of the BackHome NY Chapter.
A small group gathered in the mud and the snow (that's springtime in NY!) to learn about processing waste vegetable oil into biodiesel fuel. A lot of people have experimented with and done a lot of work with biodiesel fuels, and some of it has been compiled into a manual, which was the guide for the workshop.
The equipment used is an electric hot water heater; with assorted pipes, tubes, valves; and an electric pump to do the mixing. This workshop was the processor equipment introduction... a 2 day workshop would be required to get into the actual processing.... something which I would like to attend!
Watching the parts go together was amazing... seeing ordinary everyday objects turned into something new.. a pump.. a water heater.. the pipes and valves came pre-assembled... and the workings of it were explained all along, with quite a discussion afterwards. The guys whose project this was got to take an assembled biodiesel processor home with them... to help fuel their diesel trucks and tractors... and with diesel selling at $2.50 a gallon this was a financial business decision for them... in other words, it really makes sense!
I'd like to thank Steve and his family for hosting this workshop and for the hospitality everyone enjoyed at their home. It was well worth the journey to learn more about this and to meet others interested in it also. later! DaveH