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Biodiesel Basics and Beyond: A Comprehensive Guide to Production and Use for the Home and Farm 0th Edition
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The best information; reacted biodiesel contains methanol. The methanol should be removed from the biodiesel before washing. Kemp suggests to drain the glycerin from the reacted biodiesel and to burn off the remaining methanol by reheating the biodiesel. Normally the methanol would mix in the wash water and be disposed into a drain field. Kemp also stresses that raw glycerin should be decontaminated. Glycerin contains a lot of methanol and it can be recovered. Kemp explains how to remove methanol from glycerin and goes one step further. Vinegar can been added to the glycerin to bring the pH to neutral levels. The glycerin can then be used as a humectant or dust suppressant.
I can say some are taking glycerin byproduct to sewage treatment facilities. Call your local plant and see if they can process leftover glycerin. Be aware that it's a good idea to keep methanol from polluting wells and it is highly toxic if ingested. However, since methanol is readily biodegradable in both aerobic (oxygen present) and anaerobic (oxygen absent) environments, methanol will not persist in the environment. The "half-life" for methanol in groundwater is just one to seven days, while many common gasoline components have half-lives in the hundreds of days (such as benzene at 10-730 days).Read more ›
Bill Kemp has engineered a small biodiesel production facilty on his off grid horse farm in Canada. His system seems to be well engineered when compared to other manufactured biodiesel production systems on the market. Throughout this book, he has many "myth busters". He proves that methanol does not totaly evaporate just by sitting in the sun, but it needs suplimental heat added to it in order to boil the methanol out of the glycrol.
I rate this book excelent over all and book that all the manufactures of biodiesel systems sould read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this to be overly detailed, which may be a good thing because it talked me out of trying to make biodiesel.Published 13 months ago by J. Ryan Jones
Bill should write more. the world needs more simple but brilliant assistance in life.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Biodiesel gets much play these days. For those interested in getting off the grid and learning how to be more self reliant this book is an excellent primer for the all essential... Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by Carl Robinson
Book is well written with many ideas of how to obtain the finished product and sourcing your components. The hard part is finding a place that is willing to give up the grease!Published on March 6, 2014 by Jason
Author makes it plain he doesn't think you should make bio-diesel and would prefer heavy government legislation over individual self sufficiency.Published on February 4, 2014 by Jason
I like the information presented, however, it reads a lot more like a term paper than a book. Half the book is very political (I understand the point of talking politics) I think... Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Jonathan Murphree