A day in the life

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

3 thoughts on “A day in the life

  1. Why do you place your deisel green stickers on other companys containers??? Do you also steal the grease out of those containers???

  2. Hi John,

    You must be talking about the restaurant on Bee Caves. Over a year ago, the owner and managers of both locations approved us collecting their oil, saying they didn’t know who took it and that they just left the oil out there for anyone to take. After having oil stolen from one of our locations, we made sure to put stickers at our locations to ward off thieves, and put screens on to try and prevent theft as well.

    It was like this for 6-8 months, then we were notified by Griffin that it was your container – since then, I’ve been trying to get in touch with the owner to find out why they didn’t know this was your container and settle all the details.

    We don’t steal grease, and we always try to operate in an ethical business manner. If you want to talk more about this, call me any time at 512-391-0569.


  3. Sounds like John had not been servicing “his” clients properly…which turned them into someone else’s client…

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