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Do It Yourself Guide to Biodiesel: Your Alternative Fuel Solution for Saving Money, Reducing Oil Dependency, and Helping the Planet Paperback – October 28, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (October 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569756244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569756249
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Guy Purcella has been interested in alternative energy for many years. He has his own line of EZBiodiesel™ processors which can be found on his website.

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At this point, I am not sure if I will begin making biodiesel but if and when I do, this guide is a perfect starting manual.
W. M. Carlile
The normal compounds used to bind the dirt into a dust-free coating are very toxic to flora and fauna and can cause great harm to aquatic life.
Anthony D. Kuhn
This technical manual is easy to read and understand and gives the novice all the information needed to understand the process.
Carla Kodet

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By mark twain on May 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
I also felt this book was hard to follow. Purcella left out some details (because he wants you to send more money for the real info) while extolling the virtures of the system he sells. It seemed that I paid to recieve advertising for the plans he sells.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jason W. Stone on April 6, 2008
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This was hard to follow. Seems like he went into too much detail for individual stages before giving the larger hows and whys. I bought this and William H. Kemp's book to get figure out what was involved with making biodiesel. This book's first chapter gives you the normal propaganda that you must have seen already to look at this book and review. The next chapter goes into detail about approaching and selecting restaurants for waste oil and how to pick it up and details of how to test it. Woah, I'm not there yet! For double the price I say go for the 5 star book instead Biodiesel Basics and Beyond: A Comprehensive Guide to Production and Use for the Home and Farm. This Do It Yourself Guide was shorter but somehow harder to get through.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. M. Carlile on September 23, 2009
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Well written and easy to understand. Gives a thorough review of several methods and several products available and lists some web sites for further investigation. For a 50 year old who purchased his first diesel auto, this was a great find!! At this point, I am not sure if I will begin making biodiesel but if and when I do, this guide is a perfect starting manual. Asks questions, answers questions and presents different viewpoints and options. Truely worthwhile investment with many formulas, graphs and charts....Mike C. Wisconsin
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony D. Kuhn on February 24, 2009
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In these days of over-priced fuel and the ever-growing reality that something larger than a recession is waiting just around the economic bend, more and more people are looking for ways to cut costs without having to sacrifice mobility or comfort. The previously mysterious art of brewing up homemade biodiesel has found a sage friend in the form of author Guy Purcella whose Do It Yourself Guide to Biodiesel can help any industrious soul turn waste vegetable oil into an inexpensive and environmentally friendly fuel that will work in most diesel automobiles and trucks with few modifications.

Purcella approaches biodiesel as an accessible and worthwhile way to fulfil both of those qualifications since you can make it for about $1 a gallon and since it's not a petroleum-based product, it's friendly for the environment when burned and is not toxic to Mother Earth if spilled. So let's get started!

Purcella begins by laying out his own lengthy search for information on biodiesel production and relates that he had a heck of a time finding good, factual knowledge on the subject despite trolling all manner of websites, blogs and even more traditional media outlets. Out of this frustration was born an idea to write a DIY book that has all the necessary pieces of the puzzle to enable any would-be biodiesel producer to make up a batch without fear of error or danger. That biodiesel production can be a bit dangerous and is not for those who don't follow checklists is worth noting before you dive in and start mixing up volatile chemicals in your broom closet at home!

The style of the book is straight-forward and easy to digest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Dane on August 21, 2008
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My career requires that I read a lot of technical material and Guy's book is one of the most thorough that I have had the pleasure of reading. How great that we "Do It Yourselfers" have such a complete guide to help us accomplish our goals of reducing our carbon footprints.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsh on December 7, 2010
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Great book. Very informative and easy to read. A must if you want to produce your own biodiesel
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