While fuel quality obtained by this method can vary considerably, it’s still possible (even likely) to get fuel that meets national standards. That being said, you may have to get your hands dirty, and this will require a bit more research than finding a local biodiesel pump.
Options 1-3 of this guide are located here.
4. Biodiesel Coops: Discount Fuel At A Price
- Local Biodiesel Conference’s Co-op Index (State by State)
- Try Googling for “Biodiesel Co-op [State]”
You might also consider asking your local biodiesel retailer (see Part I of this guide to find one) if they know of local co-ops, or talk to the next person you see with a “Runs On Biodiesel” bumper-sticker.
5. Homebrewing: Make Your Own Biodiesel
But don’t take my word for it.
Much has been written on the topic, and while I’ll revisit the subject in more detail later, if you want to get out there and start making your own biodiesel, take a look at this book, which I consider the homebrew biodiesel bible:
It will also be worth your time to peruse the information available on the following sites:
- Journey to Forever: Make Your Own Biodiesel
- Collaborative Biodiesel Tutorial
- Wikipedia: Biodiesel
- Biodiesel Discussion Forums
Warning: not all biodiesel information is created equal. While forums can be extremely useful for collecting anecdotal (as well as experimental) evidence, they aren’t always entirely accurate. Use with discretion. Additionally, making biodiesel yourself can be dangerous. Make sure you do your homework.
6. Finally: Carry A Spare Tank of Biodiesel
If you end up at a station with no biodiesel and you have a long way to go, or you’re mixing biodiesel for cold weather, you can blend your own biodiesel (splash blend) by partly filling your tank with diesel and then adding biodiesel. Biodiesel is slightly denser then diesel, so make sure to add it first.
Five gallons of spare fuel in a diesel Jetta should get you something like 250 miles. If you’ve got a truck, you also have the option of acquiring a spare fuel tank for the bed (avg. 55 gallons), and loading up with spare biodiesel before you hit the road.
*For more information on biodiesel cold-weather issues, see the Biodiesel Mythbuster.
Conclusion: Energy Independence
Still need a diesel vehicle? Jump back to Part I of the Biodiesel Guide: 7 Steps To Buying A Diesel.
Missed Part I of this post (Steps 1-3)? Click here.
The next part of this series will include myths and fact about biodiesel, warranty issues, and how to “convert” a diesel to run on biodiesel.