Are you ready to break free from big oil, become self-sufficient, and never visit a gas station again? Then you’ve come to the right spot!
Here you’ll learn how you can make your own diesel-replacement fuel called Biodiesel that can be run in most diesel vehicles.
We’ll walk you through the simple steps and information you’ll need to know to get started making your own fuel and driving past the gas stations! We also provide links at the bottom of each section to additional information so you can learn as much or as little as you’d like about each topic discussed.
So, sit back, pull up a chair, grab some popcorn, and get ready to learn how to start living gas station free!
WHAT IS BIODIESEL?
Biodiesel is a replacement for diesel fuel that can be used in most diesel engines. It has properties that allow it to burn and perform similar to diesel fuel making it an ideal replacement to petroleum based diesel fuel.
Biodiesel can be made from plant oils such as soybean oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, and others or from animal fats such as beef or chicken tallow or pork lard. It can also be made from used fryer oil that’s discarded by restaurants as a waste product; which is what we’ll be focusing on. So, yes, that really means you can make fuel out of what restaurants consider to be garbage! I tend to think of it as liquid gold…and soon you may think the same as well!
Because Biodiesel can be used as a direct replacement for diesel fuel in most diesel powered vehicles, this means that you can make Biodiesel yourself at a fraction of the cost per gallon of what you would normally pay for diesel fuel! In fact, in most cases people are producing their own Biodiesel for under a $1.00 per gallon! Not bad eh?
Learn More About What Biodiesel Is Here
WHY USE BIODIESEL?
We think there’s several reasons to use this great renewable resource! Here’s a few reasons that we think really stand out & make a case for using Biodiesel!.
It’s Economical, Keeps Your Dollars Here, Reduces Dependence On Foreign Oil
You can make Biodiesel anywhere from $0.40/gallon to $1.50/gallon depending on the cost of materials required to make it. That beats buying fuel at the pump! Instead of your hard-earned cash going to fund foreign oil producing nations that in many cases hate us, you get to keep your money on our shores–and use it to fund OUR economy! Talk about a great benefit! Also, by using vegetable oil, you’re helping to support our farmers who grow the seed-crops that vegetable oil is made from! Learn Even More Benefits Of Using Biodiesel Here
HOW TO USE BIODIESEL
To use Biodiesel in a diesel engine, simply pour it into the fuel tank and use the engine as normal. Biodiesel can also be used in a blend with petro-diesel as well. You can even add it to diesel already in the fuel tank!
Compatible Diesel Engines
In most cases, any diesel vehicle made before 2007 can handle up to 100% Biodiesel without any problem at all. Many 2007 and newer vehicles are limited to blends up to about 20% Biodiesel. This is due to emission equipment installed on 2007 and newer vehicles.
Learn More About Using Biodiesel In 2007 & Newer Diesels Here
Fuel Filters & Fuel Lines
When Biodiesel is first used in diesel vehicles, it’s recommended to replace the fuel filter. This is because Biodiesel has a cleaning effect on diesel fuel tanks & fuel lines causing all the gunk left from regular petro diesel to be “cleaned out”. Also, on diesel vehicles older than 1995, you may need to replace any rubber fuel lines with synthetic Viton rubber hoses as well.
Learn Additional Tips & Tricks For Using Biodiesel Here
Heat the oil up to 130-135° F.
Measure how acidic the oil is by doing something called a titration. It’s simple to do and can be done in under 5 minutes!
Mix up methanol (racing fuel) and catalyst (either lye or caustic potash) to make something called Methoxide.
Step 5 & 6
Pour the methoxide into the processor & mix it for 2-3 hours.
Step 7 & 8
The oil will separate into Biodiesel & Glycerin. Drain off the Glycerin layer.
Step 9, 10 & 11
Wash the Biodiesel with water to remove any remaining contaminants. Allow the water to separate from the Biodiesel. Then drain off dirty water.
Step 12, 13 & 14
Drain off the water, transfer it to a drying tank, and then dry out the fuel. After the fuel is dry, fill up the fuel tank on your diesel engine vehicle and drive away!
Learn More About How To Make Biodiesel Here!
GETTING STARTED MAKING BIODIESEL
We’ve put together a vast amount of resources, tips, tricks, and tutorials to help you get started making high-quality Biodiesel that you can use in your diesel vehicles! Be sure to check out these incredible resources!
Free Getting Started Guide
We created an incredible, all-inclusive Getting Started 10 Step Guide to get you started right making Biodiesel! We cover everything from finding the oil and equipment needed to make the fuel to how to process it into high quality Biodiesel that can be run in your diesel vehicles. We even cover how to deal with the waste products such as the glycerin!
Click Here To See Our Free 10 Step Getting Started Guide
Free Online Tutorial Videos
Want to learn how to make Biodiesel visually online? Then be sure to check out our Biodiesel production tutorial videos! We created these with the beginner in mind and start right from the top. Even if you’ve never even heard of Biodiesel, by the time you’re finished with these great online tutorial video’s, you’ll have an excellent understanding of what it takes to make Biodiesel, how to make a batch, what titration means, and why Biodiesel is such a great alternative to petro-diesel fuel! Click Here To See Our Free Online Biodiesel Tutorial Videos
Making Biodiesel Tutorial Workshop DVD
Learn to make Biodiesel from a professional educator! Hosted by the popular Biodiesel educator Lyle Rudensey from Seattle, these incredible DVD’s will walk you through everything you’ll need to know to get started making great Biodiesel.
This complete workshop will teach you how to collect used cooking oil, how to filter it, how to create the Biodiesel recipe, how to react it into Biodiesel, how to wash it, test it, and then ensure that it’s of high quality.
One DVD is dedicated to a complete classroom instruction workshop!
You’ll learn all the theory & chemistry behind how Biodiesel is produced, see how to titrate waste vegetable oil for Biodiesel production, and then see how to make a mini-batch of Biodiesel using a 2 liter pop bottle. Lyle even covers making a batch of Biodiesel in a portable Biodiesel processor!
On the second DVD, you’ll go into the garage and see how to prepare waste vegetable oil to be made into fuel. Using a home-made Biodiesel processor, Lyle shows how to react the batch from start to finish. He even shows how you can recover extra methanol from the glycerin!
Then, he takes you into the heart of a Biodiesel coop and explains how to create and operate asuccessful Biodiesel coop in your community using a BioPro 190 Automated Biodiesel Processor to literally create your own gas station! It even has it’s own pump!
The DVD Set includes nearly 4 hours of personal Biodiesel instruction! It’s received rave reviews from all around the world and is an excellent tool for learning how to successfully make (and even sell!) Biodiesel! Learn More About Our Making Biodiesel Workshop DVD Here!
BIODIESEL PRODUCTION KITS & INFORMATION
To help you get up & running, we’ve assembled an incredible selection of kits and equipment! We offer everything from a mini Biodiesel introductory starter kit clear up to plans to build Biodiesel processor capable of producing over 1,000 gallons a week!
BIODIESEL STARTER KITS
These introductory Biodiesel starter kits come with everything you’ll need to make a small batch of Biodiesel. They’re a great way to see if Biodiesel would be right for you without spending much money. Each kit has detailed, easy to follow instructions to give you a feel for what it takes to make a batch of Biodiesel.
Basic Starter Kit
This kit is our most basic kit and comes complete with everything needed to make a small batch of Biodiesel. All you do is heat the oil up, mix the catalyst & methanol together, add it to the heated oil, then shake it up and let it settle!
Within a few hours the glycerin will settle out and you’ll have Biodiesel! There’s no measuring, no calcuations, and no titration required. Just heat & mix! It’s that simple!
Click Here To Learn More About Our Basic Biodiesel Starter Kit
Deluxe Starter Kit
This kit expands on the kit above. Not only will you be able to make a small batch of Biodiesel from new oil, but with this kit you can expand into making Biodiesel from waste oils! We’ve added everything the basic kit has plus enough catalyst to make (10) 8 oz batches of Biodiesel.
We give you nearly everything you’ll need to get started testing waste oils to produce Biodiesel with. You just add used oil, additional methanol, and distilled water for the the oil testing solution. It’s like getting an oil test kit and a starter kit all rolled into one!
Click Here To Learn More About The Deluxe Biodiesel Starter Kit
Ultimate Starter Kit
If you’re one that just has to have it all, then this kit is for you! We’ve taken our deluxe starter kit and extended it even further! We give you everything to make up to (10) 500 mL test batches. Whether you want to make Biodiesel from used or new oil, this kit will get you started in the right direction and do it in style!
We give you everything in the Deluxe Starter Kit plus upgrade the catalyst to 2 lbs, increase the methanol to a full liter, and then add on a really nice mini magnetic stirrer and (2) 50 mL lab grade Erlenmeyer flasks. It’s like getting the ultimate chemistry set you had as a kid, only this one will help you get started saving thousands on fuel!
Click Here To Learn More About The Ultimate Biodiesel Starter Kit
BUILD IT YOURSELF BIODIESEL PROCESSORS
Did you know you can build your own Biodiesel processor? If you’re mechanically inclined (or know someone that is), then you can build a Biodiesel Processor from one of our great kits & plans! We have plans that will allow you to react anywhere from 20 gallons of Biodiesel clear on up to 350 gallons of Biodiesel at a time! In some cases we even offer processor kits that you can buy along with the plans to assemble yourself!
Water Heater Biodiesel Processor Kits & Plans
If you can turn a wrench and twist wires together, you can easily build a Biodiesel processor from an electric water heater! By attaching a pump, ball valves, some pipes, and tubing to an electric water heater you can create what is known as an “Appleseed Biodiesel Reactor”.
While it’s simple in it’s design, it makes great Biodiesel and works extremely well. You can use 30, 40, 50, or even 80 gallon water heaters to build one with and can build it in a weekend!
We’ve built several of these water heater based Biodiesel processors over the years and have always been impressed with not only their simplicity but their effectiveness at producing great Biodiesel!
Click Here To See Our Water Heater Processor Kits
Click Here To See Our Water Heater Processor Plans
55 Gallon Drum Biodiesel Processor Plans
If you can weld and have access to 55 gallon drums, then this is the processor for you! Invented by a skilled craftman from the auto industry, this Biodiesel processor has the ability to make up to 50 gallon batches one after the other! It can be built in a couple weekends using nothing more than 55 gallon drums, steel pipes, basic plumbing, a pump, and some electrical wiring.
The plans are well laid out and extremely easy to follow! In just a matter of a few days or weekends, you can build an incredibly effective top-notch Biodiesel processor that will produce batch after successful batch of high-quality Biodiesel! The plans include details on how to add on to the processor to increase the output capacity and even include detailed instructions for making Biodiesel using this well-designed processor!
Click Here To See Our 55 Gallon Drum Biodiesel Processor Plans!
500 Gallon Tank Biodiesel Processor Plans
If you’d like to make up to 350 gallons of Biodiesel per batch, then check out our monstrous MM500 Biodiesel processor plans! If you can weld and have access to equipment to move around 500 gallon tanks, then you can build one serious Biodiesel processor! When built, it can easily produce over a 1,000 gallons a week!
The plans include detailed drawings for every component you’ll need to build and give detailed instructions on how to operate the processor to get the most out of your vegetable oil!
This processor has been successfully built by individuals, farmers, small business owners, and even commercial Biodiesel plants! It’s simplicity of design makes it easy to operate and the Biodiesel it produces is so good that it can even be certified with the EPA to be sold on the commercial Biodiesel market! Click Here To See The MM500 Biodiesel Processor Plans!
READY-BUILT AUTOMATED BIODIESEL PROCESSORS
If you’d prefer not to build a processor, but would like to buy a pre-built, ready to use, completely automated Biodiesel processor, then our BioPro line of Biodiesel processors is perfect! These processors are built from high-quality stainless steel, use industrial grade components, are computer controlled, and are extremely easy to set up and use. If you can push buttons, then you can operate a BioPro! You just load them with oil and chemicals and push a button & let the machine do the rest!
The BioPro’s will heat up your oil, mix in the chemicals, and react the oil into high quality Biodiesel! You just drain off the glycerin by product, start the wash cycle, and then return when it’s finished. Then you simply pump the finished, ready to use Biodiesel into your vehicle with the handy fuel pump! These are truly like having your very own gas station! They’re very easy to use, are extremely robust, and work extremely well!
Check out how simple the BioPro’s are to use with the video below!
We personally make all of our Biodiesel in a BioPro 190 and love how easy it is to use! We’ve made literally thousands of gallons of Biodiesel in our BioPro and continue to make batch after batch! The BioPro’s are available in 3 different sizes to meet your individual needs and can even be accessorized with equipment that can shorten the time it takes to make a batch! Check out all three below!
The BioPro 150 Automated Biodiesel Processor
The BioPro 150 is the smallest BioPro in the lineup. It can make up to 40 gallons of Biodiesel every 48 hours. It’s not quite as automated as the other BioPro’s and requires the user to manually drain the wash water after each wash cycle. However, it’s still made from heavy duty 304 stainless steel and is still made with industrial grade pumps and motors.
It has a small footprint of 21″ wide, 21″ deep and stands just 57″ high. It’s small, compact size means it’ll take up very little room while still churning out batch after batch of high-quality Biodiesel!
Learn More About The BioPro 150 Automated Biodiesel Processor Here
The BioPro 190 Automated Biodiesel Processor
The BioPro 190 is by far our most popular automated Biodiesel processor! It can make up to 50 gallons of Biodiesel every 48 hours and can be accessorized to make it even faster! To use it, simply pour the oil & chemicals in, push a button and let the machine do the rest of the work! Even the wash & dry cycle is automated!
The BioPro 190 requires a 120 volt outlet, a water in connection, and a drain connection. After hooking it up, just pour in the oil & chemicals & watch the magic happen! Within a matter of hours you’ll have golden amber colored Biodiesel that’s ready to use in your vehicle for a fraction of the price you’d pay at the gas pump!
Learn More About The BioPro 190 Automated Biodiesel Processor Here
The BioPro 380 Automated Biodiesel Processor
Need higher output but like the automation? Then the BioPro 380 might be what you’re looking for! This monster can output 100 gallons of high quality Biodiesel every 48 hours and when accessorized with a SpringPro T76 and an INCOSEP accellerator can do it in a mind-blowing 13 hours! That’s nearly 1200 gallons a week!
We’ve used several BioPro 380’s over the years and have been amazed at how well these machines can pump out batch after high quality batch of Biodiesel! They’re not even all that much bigger than a BioPro 190 either! They stand 86″ tall are 63″ wide and 33″ deep. The BioPro 380 does require both a 120 volt and a 240 volt electrical outlet to run plus the same water in connection and drain pipe of a BioPro 190, but it definitely makes up for it in the volume it can output and the full automation that it gives the user to make Biodiesel!
Learn More About The BioPro 380 Automated Biodiesel Processor Here
The SpringPro T76 Dry Wash Tower
When Biodiesel is made, typically water is used to remove the contaminants from the fuel. However, over the years, some very smart folks figured out that the contaminants can also be removed by passing the Biodiesel through a column of fiber based material and polymer resin beads charged with a special chemical. They call it Dry Washing Biodiesel and it can work extremely well!
The same company that make the BioPro automated biodiesel processors manufacturer one of these Biodiesel dry washing systems and they call it a SpringPro T76 Dry Wash Tower. Inside the first tower is a fiber-based media that absorbs much of the remaining contaminants from freshly made Biodiesel. Then, the Biodiesel is passed through the second column which is filled with polymer resin beads that final polish the fuel making it ready for use in vehicles.
One of the benefits of Dry Washing Biodiesel is that you can cleanse the fuel much faster! Instead of the 24 hours that it takes to water wash Biodiesel in the BioPro’s, it can wash 100 Gallons in a BioPro 380 in 5 hours, 2.5 hours to wash 50 gallons from a BioPro 190, and 2 hours to wash 40 gallons from a BioPro 150! Yep! That’s fast!
Learn More About The SpringPro T76 Biodiesel Dry Wash Tower Here!
ADDITIONAL BIODIESEL PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT
To make Biodiesel, it’s helpful to have a few additional pieces of equipment around. These include such things as oil collection drums at the restaurants, transfer pumps to move the oil around with, filters to filter the waste vegetable oil with, scales to measure out the chemicals, plus several other helpful items.
While each situation and setup is unique, we’ve created a great article that covers the basic things that should be considered for every Biodiesel production area; big or small. We start from the beginning and work our way through all the different steps you’ll be doing when making Biodiesel and discuss the relevant equipment you may want to obtain before starting to make Biodiesel. Click Here To See The Article!
BIODIESEL PRODUCTION COSTS & RETURN ON INVESTMENT
One of the great things about Biodiesel is that it can be made for such a small cost per gallon.
Here’s a breakdown of the typical costs for a 50 gallon batch of Biodiesel.
Assuming diesel is $3.75 per gallon, you would be saving $3.13 for every gallon you produced. That’s $156.50 saved just on a 50 gallon batch of Biodiesl! But let’s see how that adds up.
Lets assume you use 50 gallons every week & watch the savings add up.
$626 saved every month
$1878 saved every 3 months
$3756 saved every 6 months
$7512 saved every year!
Now, let’s assume you spend about $2500 in equipment just to get set up & see how quickly you’ll be able to recoup your investment:
In just 16 weeks, or 4 months, your investment would be paid for and you’d be continuing to save money batch after bath! Talk about a great return on investment!
Want to try out different scenarios? Download our free Return On Investment spreadsheet here.
HELPFUL BIODIESEL RESOURCES
When making Biodiesel, it’s always helpful to have as much information at your fingertips as possible. Here at Utah Biodiesel Supply we take that charge seriously and go the extra length to create resources for you to reference as you’re making Biodiesel. Whether it’s tutorial articles on how to test oil or videos showing you how to make Biodiesel to Biodiesel news updates on the latest technology & techniques, we’re covering it all and want to share it with you!
Below is list of some of the resources we have ready for you to use at a moments notice, 24/7 to keep your Biodiesel production going strong! Take a look and you’ll quickly see we have one of the most authoritative websites available on producing Biodiesel!
BIODIESEL ARTICLES LIBRARY Click Here To See The Article Library
Since getting into Biodiesel in 2003, we’ve become known for our great informative articles on Biodiesel, how to make it, how to test it, and how to get the most out of it. We’ve archived many of these great articles into our Biodiesel Articles Library. We have everything from The Top 3 Tips For Successful Biodiesel Production to information on available tax credits for Biodiesel production & use. Stop by and see all the great content just waiting to be explored!
UTAH BIODIESEL YOUTUBE CHANNEL Click Here To See Our YouTube Channel
With over 90 videos and counting, we’re continually uploading video content to help you make the best Biodiesel possible! Whether it’s short tutorial clips on how to titrate oil or make mini batches to product demonstrations from our site or updates on the industry in general, we’re alway’s sharing something new!
We keep it up to date and pack it with relevant content to keep our customers informed about all the ways they can improve their Biodiesel production plus we add exciting articles about such things as the latest diesel engines and how they handle Biodiesel. Stop by & take a look at all the great information available to you to help you make the best Biodiesel possible!
UTAH BIODIESEL FACEBOOK PAGE Click Here To See Our Facebook Page
Yep! We’re on Facebook too! And we update our page often! Whether it’s with pictures that customers send in of their production setups, or new product releases, we’re always adding something new and interesting! We also answer questions on the page as well and have been known to even check it late into the night (yeah, we’re dedicated like that). Stop by the page today & you’ll see what we mean.
FREE BIODIESEL NEWSLETTER
We publish a free bi-monthly newsletter called Biodiesel Review that’s jam packed with great tips & tricks on making and using Biodiesel. With each issue, we release new articles on how to make your Biodiesel just a little bit better!
We also share tips from the diesel engine industry such as new diesel engine releases and how compatible they are with Biodiesel. We introduce any new tutorial videos and share details on upcoming products!You’ll love each issue as we cut through all the fluff and go right to the meat of a topic! After each issue is released, we make them available online for you to access anytime you need!
THANKS FOR VISITING!
Thank you for stopping by! As you can see we’re extremely passionate about Biodiesel and believe it’s one of the many tools we can use to break free from our addiction to foreign oil!
By making Biodiesel, you can literally create all the fuel you may need for your diesel vehicles allowing you to never have to visit a gas station again! As you grow your production, you may even be able to provide fuel for others near you helping them break to break the foreign oil addiction as well!
At the end of the day, making Biodiesel is one of the most rewarding things you can do! Not only will it allow you to become more self-sufficient, but it can save you money too!
Now that you’ve learned the basics of Biodiesel, be sure to sign up for our newsletter and get started on your path to freedom from Big Oil! Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’re always happy to help! Click here for our contact information
Thanks again & come back soon!
Graydon Blair, President
Utah Biodiesel Supply