For those interested in working with renewable fuels, here’s how I spent my Saturday:
1PM – Started my work day
- After eating breakfast and running personal errands, I went to Office Depot to get materials to make brochures and marketing materials. Then I went to Crump’s Plumbing to get a pressure reducing valve to repair a customer’s vegetable oil pumping station because the Fill Rite LP50 oil pump is not compatible with the Sotera 825 meter (made by Fill Rite and sold by them for this application).
- Replaced the vegetable oil filter in my converted 2004 Golf. Over the last week, I had started losing power at higher RPM’s, probably due to accidently bypassing the 1 micron filter on our retail pump, which allowed some extra crud to get into the system.
- Installed a 1 micron filter between our dewatering system and our retail pump to catch crud generated by the boiling process. Some non-oil particles carbonize, resulting in sludge build-up.
- Drove to Round Rock and bought 2000 pounds of road base to even our our driveway, and to cover what used to be a grassy area in front of our tank farm, but is now a mess of dead grass from biodiesel spills. Spent a couple of hours shoveling it from the back of the truck.
- Pumped 1200 gallons of B100 out of our 10k tank to find out exactly how much inventory we have left. With the price of diesel at $4, we are burning through the fuel much faster than usual.
- Started a new batch of oil to dewater in order to be sold as fuel for converted vehicles
- Sold biodiesel to a group of people traveling the country in a school bus converted to run on solar power and waste vegetable oil –
10PM – Came home