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#731183 - 03/21/05 04:46 AM Re: used cooking oil in diesel engine?
PatrickW Offline


Registered: 03/19/05
Posts: 7
Loc: MN
quote:
Originally posted by medic:
Most people would just think he's nuts. I am one of the few people he can discuss this kind of thing with.

Such is the case with many of the leading thinkers throughout human history.

He sounds like a very interesting man. Update us after a while and let us know how the WVO adventure is going...

- Patrick

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#731184 - 04/15/05 11:32 AM Re: used cooking oil in diesel engine?
medic Offline


Registered: 02/28/03
Posts: 1734
Loc: Bradford, Commonwealth of Penn...
Okay, I got an email about a week ago from my dad. He helped my cousin move from Albany. NY to Jamestown, NY. I will quote his email. BTW, LV stands for Little Valley, NY, not LasVegas.

quote:
Went from LV to Albany NY, picked up a enclosed U-Haul trailer, loaded it with Lindsay's stuff and hauled it back to Jamestown. Trailer was full, trunk was full and back seat was full. High gear, cruse control set at 70 mph, all the way back with the loaded trailer. Dropped down to 60 on one hill. Switched off the veggie at Salamanca exit with a total of 700 miles on about 17 gallons wvo. About 41 mpg. If I was not pulling the trailer, bet I would have been up about 48 to 50 mpg. Have enough diesel left in the diesel tank to go back to Albany and return, not pulling a trailer.

The VW pulled the hills like there was nothing behind it.


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#1401083 - 03/12/09 05:13 PM Re: used cooking oil in diesel engine? [Re: medic]
caprice_2nv Offline


Registered: 12/04/05
Posts: 485
Loc: Ontario Canada
I think most people are just scared to do this kind of thing. I haven't done any real research but have seen enough on tv shows and through a friend who had done his homework to consider doing it myself. My only problem is I live in an appt and don't have room to store the veggie oil. I drive enough miles that it would be worth it to me to put some money into getting this going.

I think my vehicle of choice would be a mid 80's Olds Delta 88 diesel 350, since I have so many parts that fit those cars. Maybe I could even convert my gas 307 Delta 88 that I already have over to the diesel engine. The later diesels didn't have the head bolt problems that the earlier ones did, and besides that issue most problems were due to customer error.
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#1403499 - 03/14/09 11:58 PM Re: used cooking oil in diesel engine? [Re: caprice_2nv]
Shannow Offline


Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 26083
Loc: a prison island
If you've got a bosch inline pump, you are laughing.

The (Lucas Style) IP in my Nissan is $4,800 if I mess it up and ruin the thrust bearings.
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#1425186 - 04/04/09 08:29 PM Re: used cooking oil in diesel engine? [Re: Shannow]
wileyE Offline


Registered: 11/18/04
Posts: 1967
Loc: Kitsap, WA
Even the switch to 20% bio diesel where I work and is clogging filters before service intervals are due. Can't imagine trying to deal with pure veggie oil, other than how hard it is to clean off a fry pan when it gells?

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#1426168 - 04/06/09 04:42 AM Re: used cooking oil in diesel engine? [Re: wileyE]
Shannow Offline


Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 26083
Loc: a prison island
wileyE,
I think that the crux of your issue is...switch to 20%.

I think that the esters might be cleaning out tanks and oxidised rubber fuel lines etc. after running dino.

Either that, or your bio has soaps/glycerine in it.

Using WVO is a very customised approach to running a vehicle, you need to be on top of your game completely.
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#1801113 - 03/02/10 06:17 PM Re: used cooking oil in diesel engine? [Re: Shannow]
Gearstix Offline


Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 37
Loc: Canada
I have an idea on how to keep your tank of WVO warm...
Where I live, not sure about you guys in the warmer parts of Canada/USA, in the winter it dips down to -41*C/-41*F regularly, and it does get colder than that. We have block heaters that you plug into the wall.

Maybe you could use a block heater or a magnetic oil pan heater if the tank is metal.

I would be interested in doing this in my truck if I do a diesel swap.

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#1851467 - 04/09/10 08:22 PM Re: used cooking oil in diesel engine? [Re: wileyE]
badnews Offline


Registered: 07/31/03
Posts: 848
Loc: Ohio
During Katrina I knew a guy that would mix (clean) Veg Oil in with his diesel fuel to strech it due to limited supply

He suffered no ill affects with his Ford engine

This was a emergency but he continued the experiment to see what would happen and he did not incur big problems


Edited by badnews (04/09/10 08:23 PM)
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#1860911 - 04/17/10 11:59 AM Re: used cooking oil in diesel engine? [Re: badnews]
Kestas Offline



Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 10771
Loc: The Motor City
I've read stories where in Europe, the price of diesel fuel was sometimes higher than cooking oil. The savvy owner would buy his fuel from the supermarket.

WVO has become so popular, that places like San Francisco now have less WVO that there are people who want it. I believe the city has contracts with many restaurants to provide WVO for their city vehicles.

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#1861016 - 04/17/10 01:56 PM Re: used cooking oil in diesel engine? [Re: wileyE]
labman Offline


Registered: 03/14/03
Posts: 8711
Loc: Nothern USA
You could look at electric water heating elements for heating the drum of grease. I would select a low wattage 240 one and run 120V. It may screw right in the bung, or perhaps with a bushing.

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#3422783 - 07/12/14 04:17 PM Re: used cooking oil in diesel engine? [Re: medic]
sixtwoturbo Offline


Registered: 01/28/14
Posts: 33
Loc: Abbotsford, BC
For heating his drum, get one of those heating wraps, I use one in the winter for "drying" out my WMO and they work great.

Grease car should sell them and of course, Ebay. They average $120.
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