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From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank: The Complete Guide to Using Vegetable Oil as an Alternative Fuel 3rd Edition

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JOSHUA TICKELL activist, filmmaker and author of the book, From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank: The Complete Guide to Using Vegetable Oil as an Alternative Fuel, has worked as an energy and environmental media consultant for the United States Congress, members of the Australian Parliament, The Department of Energy, as well as numerous private companies and individuals. Tickell has traveled nationwide in his vegetable-oil powered "Veggie Van" and he has appeared on the USA Today Show, Dateline NBC, CNN, The Discovery Channel, National Public Radio, The Australian Broadcast Corporation, and the Los Angeles Times. His recently released, hand built, custom engineered "Veggie Car" Datsun 240z sports car will embark on its first USA Tour with Dennis Weaver in 2003.

In addition to his work with biodiesel fuel, Tickell holds an MFA in film from the Motion Picture School of Florida State University. Joshua Tickell is currently directing a feature documentary, "Fields of Fuel, In Search of the Biodiesel Revolution" due to air in 2004.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Joshua Tickell Media Productions; 3 edition (December 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970722702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970722706
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, the criticism. If you are looking for a serious and authoritative discussion of the science of global warming and the economics of petrochemicals and biofuels, this is NOT it. Tickell parrots the standard arguments of the average New York Times reader: disastrous global warming is a foregone conclusion, oil is going to run out abruptly any day now, etc. No economist worth his salt believes that we are going to run of oil ever, much less wake up one morning and find - Gasp! - it all ran out last night. Scientists who actually study global warming (as opposed to activists who "study" press reports) know that predicted temperature rises and collateral effects tend to be exaggerated by an alarmist press and entertainment industry. Tickell offers no indication that he is even aware of legitimate counterarguments.

To illustrate the author's poor economic analysis, he makes two assertions about sources of biodiesel. One is used vegetable oil from fast food restaurants. It may be cheap or even free now, but if everyone follows his advice, used vegetable oil will be in short supply and they will probably start charging for it. It is simply not going to be the case that everyone in the post-petrochemical future will be able to run their cars with "free" waste oil. He also asserts that all the oil we need could easily be grown on fallow fields. Although it is true, as he charges, that many fields are fallow because the gov't pays farmers NOT to grow, it is not true that all of them are.
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This book was included as part of a biodiesel equipment purchase I made. The first half of the book beats you to the ground with statistics that we can only hope are accurate because we wouldn't want to look it all up ourselves. Boring, very boring. Struggling through the stats will eventually get you to some pretty good material which gets better and better until you hit the "success stories" that follow. Although marginally interesting, they are followed by the second best section of the book, the resource pages. All of the text after that is an Index and less useful items. I'm happy I didn't have to shell out the dollars for this one as I feel that it is worth maybe ten bucks, tax and shipping included. I have also watched one of his videos which was not too inspiring or well done. So much for his film making. Overall, I found about 35% of the book useful with the rest being filler material. Still, the resource material alone may be worth the price to some. It's scarey to me that some consider this book the premier book available on biodiesel fuel. Everything in Tickell's book can be found elsewhere on the internet for free but it will take some looking around. If you MUST have this book then save some $$$ and buy it used.
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This is a very valuable book with very easy to follow directions to help you get free fuel at your local chinese restaurant or wing-stop. I've been able to provide two of my boys with free vegetable oil based fuel for their Nissan 4*4 turbo diesel pick ups. We filter the oil ourselves and despite the stink, it is a very rewarding venture. We have recouped our expenses and have put away over three thousand dollars between the two of them with the money that we saved. Life is fun! This book will help you with all you need to know. I only gave it four stars because I also greatly disagree with the authors Gaia earth worship global warming propganda, but if you can get past that, the meat of the matter is great.
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I purchased this book before starting a biodiesel project with a local community development group. After researching, designing, building, and operating a biodiesel processor for myself, I would not recommend this book. It promotes open reaction tanks, which would expose the user to toxic methanol fumes, and possibly splashing methodixe- a corrosive, flammable chemical used in making biodiesel. It also says that washing biodiesel is unnecessary, which could cause engine damage. When researching biodiesel, please be careful- use only closed methanol and mixing tanks (wash tanks aren't as big of a concern), and make sure to learn all about the safety aspects of the titration chemicals and the storage of methanol. Here's to happy, safe, "brewing"!
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My car now runs on biodiesel made only with the instructions from this book.
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Want to save money, the environment, and tinker at the same time, then buy this book! The book gives a general overview of the diesel engine and explains things in simple terms. It then goes on to explain how you can power your diesel on processed veg oil, kerosine/veg oil mix, and straight veg oil, all in simple terms and with instructions on how to make all the bits you need. I think anyone with an adventurous nature could get their diesel running on veg oil without much hassle using this book. There are also extensive references to more books and companies towards the back which are really useful, thanks Josh!!
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