Thursday, October 06, 2011

What a summer!

Well I've had issues one after another! First the pump on the Jerry Rig II died 5 minutes into a new batch. The 24.5 gallon batch sat for over a month in the sealed processor and after replacing the pump had an incomplete reaction. Think I just have to re-titrate and do it again. Processor is loaded with another fresh 24.5 gallons and ready to brew again.

OH WAIT! Car problems! Had a shift linkage break on the shifter cable that only left me 3rd and 4th gear. Finally got that fix but know I have seals that have gone bad on my injection pump causing leaks and inability to start the Bug. With the help from the folks over at I have a seal kit on the way and plan on working on that this weekend.

OH...I forgot to mention I added a second processor that now enables me to process nearly 50-80 gallons at a time. Here's a picture of the addition.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sawdust Filter

Well it's been awhile since my last post but it's time to get back to work! Over the next few weeks I will be making some changes to my system to increase biodiesel production.

In order to meet the higher production I had to build a sawdust filtration system to get the biodiesel filtered. This filter is based on a 16 gallon metal drum and a up flow process. The decision on using up flow was based on safety, specifically spontaneous combustion. By using a up flow process the sawdust will always be covered in biodiesel thus preventing the introduction of oxygen and oxidation thus preventing spontaneous combustion.

Will return and post results once the filter is up and running.