Ever since we started working with Biodiesel, we've been sharing what we've learned with others.
To that end, we've created this handy page that has links to several Biodiesel articles that
we've published and continue to publish.
Whether it's as simple as a
blog post on selling Biodiesel to an elaborate
article on dry washing and the details of how to get started, we'll be indexing them here!
Come back often for updates as we get new content added.
- General Overview - Basic information on Biodiesel & getting set up to make it
- Collecting, Filtering, & Testing Oil - How to collect & prepare the oil for Biodiesel
- Reacting Oil Into Biodiesel - How to convert the oil into Biodiesel
- Purifying The Biodiesel (Washing & Drying) - How to purify the reacted Biodiesel
- Testing Oil & Biodiesel For Quality - How & when to test the oil & Biodiesel
Why Biodiesel? Discusses several key benefits to using Biodiesel.
Make Your Own Fuel! Basic introduction to what Biodiesel is, how it's made, how
much it costs to make it, how you can make it, and why you might want to use it.
Getting Started Making Biodiesel A step by step approach to getting started making Biodiesel.
Getting Set Up To Make Biodiesel
A quick article on the equipment needed to get set up to produce Biodiesel. Includes lots of pictures and examples.
Biodiesel Tax Incentives We cover some of the basic tax incentives available to Biodiesel producers & users.
Calculating Your Cost Per Gallon Of Biodiesel Learn how to figure out how much your Biodiesel is costing you to produce.
Playing It Safe With Biodiesel Ten great tips for keeping safe while making Biodiesel.
Learn about the hurdles that have to be overcome to sell Biodiesel!
Algae Biodiesel: For Real Or Just Hype
We cut through the hype & discuss the issues related to making Biodiesel from Algae.
COLLECTING, FILTERING & TESTING OIL
Collecting Oil 101 - Tips & Tricks A whole article devoted to how to obtain oil for making Biodiesel.
Dewatering Oil Learn how to quickly remove water from your oil using a heat & circulation tank built from a 55 gallon drum.
Titrating Oil Shows step by step how to perform a titration (includes videos too!)
Titrations 101 - A Refresher Course A great article where we detail what a titration is, why it's needed, how it works, and
then cover the basics on how to perform one.
Waste Vegetable Oil Pricing & Biodiesel
Discusses how the value of waste vegetable oil impacts your ability to obtain waste oil from restaurants.
REACTING OIL INTO BIODIESEL:
Processing Biodiesel 101 - Turning Oil Into Biodiesel
Learn how to actually react the oil into Biodiesel using a Biodiesel processor.
Biodiesel Production Basics A great overview of how Biodiesel is produced on a small scale.
How Biodiesel Is Made A great graphic that walks through the steps of making Biodiesel.
The Chemistry Of Biodiesel This informative article
explains the chemistry behind how Biodiesel is produced
Biodiesel Chemistry With Your Hands
Learn all about the chemical reactions that go on with Biodiesel by using a simple analogy with two hands!
Sodium Hydroxide vs. Potassium Hydroxide Learn the major differences between these two chemicals which can be used to make Biodiesel.
Making Great Biodiesel
A recipe style approach to making the best Biodiesel possible.
The 80/20 Production Method (Base/Base Reaction) Learn how to get higher conversion rates by reacting Biodiesel twice with this great method.
How Sulfuric Acid Works When Making Biodiesel Learn exactly what goes
on when you use Sulfuric Acid to make Biodiesel. Then, be sure & read the article below to learn how you can use it too!
Using Sulfuric Acid With Biodiesel Production (Acid/Base Reaction) Norm McFarling of Nebraska BioPro wrote this great article on how to succesfully use
Sulfuric Acid with high titrating oil.
Making Biodiesel In Cold Weather - Tips & Tricks
Great article with tips on how to successfully make Biodiesel even when it's cold outside
PURIFYING THE BIODIESEL (WASHING & DRYING):
Water Washing Biodiesel 101 Want to learn how to water wash Biodiesel? This is the one to read! We cover the theory of why it works,
how to do it, and some useful tips for getting it right.
Emulsions 101 - Preventing And Curing Them Introduces emulsions, why they're formed, how to preven them, and how to break
one if it shows up.
The Emulsion From Hell And How We Broke It! We detail our experience dealing with one of the worst emulsions we've ever seen and how
we broke it.
5% Water Pre-Wash Method We discuss how to use a small amount of water to help remove soap and methanol from freshly reacted
Biodiesel prior to washing it.
Drying Water Washed Biodiesel We discuss how to quickly dry water washed Biodiesel using
a heat and circulation tank.
Waterless Reduction Of Soaps & Methanol By Bubbling Learn how to reduce soaps and methanol in Biodiesel prior to washing
with an air bubbler.
Dry Washing 101 - The Basics & More Learn all about dry washing Biodiesel, the technologies used, and our personal recommendations.
TESTING OIL & BIODIESEL FOR QUALITY:
3 Tips For Successful Biodiesel We cover 3 of the most important tests you should perform when making Biodiesel.
Quality Tests For Biodiesel Covers the various tests that should be performed when making Biodiesel.
ASTM Testing Explained Discusses each commercial ASTM test for Biodiesel and what it looks for.
Methanol Purity Testing Our step by step guide on how to test the purity of methanol.
Soap Testing Biodiesel
We cover two ways to test Biodiesel for soap content. A subjective visual test and an objective test giving total parts per million.
Troubleshooting Biodiesel Batches - Tips & Tricks
Learn how to troubleshoot a problem batch of Biodiesel. We several hints, tips & tricks for figuring out what went wrong.
Making Soap From Biodiesel Glycerin A look at how Biodiesel glycerin can be made into soap
Biodiesel Glycerin Soap, More Than Just For Cleaning... If you've ever made soap from Biodiesel, you know it'll make A LOT!
In this article we talk about it's potential as a profitable product.
Using Biodiesel All about what it takes to use Biodiesel in diesel engines.
Running Biodiesel In The Cold Tips & tricks on
how to run Biodiesel successfully in the cold.
Best Diesel Engines For Biodiesel Details which diesel vehicles do well on Biodiesel.
New EPA Diesel Emissions & Biodiesel; Not All That Rosy Details the problems Biodiesel is having with 2007 & newer diesel vehicles.
New 2010 GM Duramax Biodiesel Compatibility Article discussing the exciting news about the newer GM Duramax Diesel Engines
compatibility with Biodiesel.
New 2011 Ford Powerstroke Biodiesel Compatibility Fords all new for 2011 diesel engines will now have greater Biodiesel
compatibility! We discuss it here.
2011 Diesel Engine Updates
Details the latest from Ford, GM & Dodge along with a DPF on Biodiesel Success Story