Biodiesel Learn How To Make Biodiesel On YouTube

Published on March 4th, 2008 | by Clayton

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Learn How To Make Biodiesel On YouTube

biodiesel jarTrying to learn how to make biodiesel, or interested in seeing how it’s done? It always helps to get a visual, and you may not be aware that there are currently enough biodiesel videos on YouTube to develop an entire college course on the subject. I’ve thrown out a representative sample, just to give you an idea of what’s available.

While this is a good general introduction to homebrewing biodiesel, I have to repeat the disclaimer I made earlier (see 6 Ways To Find And Use Biodiesel Anywhere – Part II): before attempting this on your own it’s important to do your homework. Don’t trust it just because you’ve seen someone do it. Most of these videos don’t discuss the specifics of making biodiesel, and for that I would recommend a solid resource (also see the link just above): Biodiesel, Basics And Beyond: A Comprehensive Guide to Production And Use for the Home And Farm.

You’ll notice a lot of these videos utilize a homemade biodiesel reactor called the “appleseed” reactor. This is the simplest and cheapest way to build a biodiesel processing facility in your garage. The plans for it can be found here.

Number 1: Guy Makes Biodiesel In His Kitchen

I can’t believe his mother lets him do this in the kitchen, and where are his gloves?! (I have a particular affiliation for the video, though, since I had the same old truck.)

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Number 2: Newscast On Highschool Biodiesel Program

This video goes into greater depth on biodiesel quality control issues.

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Number 3: How to Make A Test Batch In a Blender

Quick demo of how to make a small batch of biodiesel in a blender. Notice the gloves and facemask.

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Number 4: The Chemistry of Making Biodiesel

Good explanation of the science of biodiesel, but potentially geared towards high-school students. Beware: this is discussion takes place on a whiteboard.

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Number 5: This is What a Biodiesel Garage Looks Like

This video probably does the best job of showing you what happens to a garage converted to a biodiesel processing facility. Good discussion of making biodiesel at home for about $0.70 per gallon.

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For more information on biodiesel, see Gas 2.0′s Biodiesel Guide :

7 Steps to Buying a Diesel and Running It On Biodiesel

6 Ways To Find And Use Biodiesel Anywhere (Part I) and (Part II)


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About the Author

In a past life, Clayton was a professional blogger and editor of Gas 2.0, Important Media’s blog covering the future of sustainable transportation. He was also the Managing Editor for GO Media, the predecessor to Important Media.



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  • http://ecoweb.tv Rick

    there are a few films on a DIY site called videojug dot com that tell you how to filter, mix and make biodiesel. Pretty thorough instructions

  • http://ecoweb.tv Rick

    there are a few films on a DIY site called videojug dot com that tell you how to filter, mix and make biodiesel. Pretty thorough instructions

  • http://gas2.org Clayton B. Cornell

    Rick,

    That looks like a great site, thanks for the suggestion. Anyone who’s interested should check out:

    http://www.videojug.com/search?keywords=biodiesel

  • http://gas2.org Clayton B. Cornell

    Rick,

    That looks like a great site, thanks for the suggestion. Anyone who’s interested should check out:

    http://www.videojug.com/search?keywords=biodiesel

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  • http://yahoo.com Kenny West

    I live in the Midwest (Illinois ) and much corn is grown for feedstock. When corn is used to make bio fuels the byproduct has a 30 to 40% higher protein rate then the raw corn first used. The farmers are reporting the their livestock are stronger and growing faster with this byproduct. This gives a much stronger market for their corn and their livestock. Also a biofuel plant is on the board for Litchfield, Illinois which will add to the local economy of Montgomery County. I feel that the future for biofuels in the Midwest are strong and a local way to get off of Middle East oil.

    Any questions can be directed to the Illinois Farm Bureau Montgomery office in Hillsboro, Illinois.

    Ken West

  • http://yahoo.com Kenny West

    I live in the Midwest (Illinois ) and much corn is grown for feedstock. When corn is used to make bio fuels the byproduct has a 30 to 40% higher protein rate then the raw corn first used. The farmers are reporting the their livestock are stronger and growing faster with this byproduct. This gives a much stronger market for their corn and their livestock. Also a biofuel plant is on the board for Litchfield, Illinois which will add to the local economy of Montgomery County. I feel that the future for biofuels in the Midwest are strong and a local way to get off of Middle East oil.

    Any questions can be directed to the Illinois Farm Bureau Montgomery office in Hillsboro, Illinois.

    Ken West

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    Cool, if we keep developing new sources of fuel, we can diminish the effect of greedy tyrants on the world.

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