Jason DeShaw and SAVE members on the Biodiesel Montana tour.
Biodiesel is diesel fuel that is vegetable-based rather than petroleum-based. Biodiesel can be used in standard diesel fuel tanks and can be made of renewable resources, making it a fast-growing method of off-setting carbon-based fuels.
The SAVE Foundation has traveled more than 2,000 miles across the state on the Biodiesel Montana tour. The purpose of the tour was to promote the environmental and agricultural benefits of biodiesel. The tour included a series of free concerts open to the public featuring the music of singer/songwriter Jason DeShaw and actual demonstrations on how to make biodiesel.
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How biodiesel is made:
Ingredients: methanol, lye and fry oil
Test the pH of feed stock (oil) to determine amount of lye to use
Methanol is flammable: mix with lye in spark-free environment
Mix lye and methanol
Mix lye/methanol blend into fryer oil with blender unit or pump system to create reaction
Use electric heaters only, no propane or open flame. The mixure should
be heated at 120-130 degrees F.
Mix for one hour
Allow 8 hours for glycerin to settle
Drain the dark, thick glycerine from the lower part of tank. The biodiesel on top will remain.