The cold temperatures also made processing the vegetable oil into biodiesel very difficult. Not only was the raw waste vegetable oil difficult to pump (sometimes it was a solid), but the chemical reaction to convert the oil into biodiesel requires 80 to 110 degrees F. We created a solar heated oil transport trailer to prewarm the oil for the reaction. (Which we recently sold to a fellow solar installer)
After a misunderstanding with the BLM, serious health problems related to the dangerous chemicals used in the processing, and the overall difficulty in cleanly and safely handling the oil, we have decided that this is a process that should NOT be done by "do it your selfers" or anyone else not prepared to embark on a full commercial processing plant.
We are negotiating with commercial suppliers to fill our 500 gallon fuel tank with a 50/50 blend. We will continue to run our service truck and personal vehicles with blended biodiesel to demonstrate to our fellow Americans that we do have alternatives to importing foreign oil. Let's all pitch in to support our farmers, our country, and world peace.
20%Biodiesel (B20) is now available at a pump in Santa Fe, and soon will be available at a station in Taos. Check out www.RenewableEnergyPartners.org
Also the Earthship community is making small amounts of biodiesel from waste restaurant oils, and they even deliver, www.earthshipbiodiesel.com.