200px-diesel_prices.jpgHow would you like your gas for free. Well nothing is free but this
is as close as you can get to it. Vegetable oil that’s been used and
left out back for the trash can be reused as fuel for a diesel engine.
This is true. You could be driving a grease car.
You should save $100 a month depending on how much you drive. I know it
sounds to good to be true but it is being used in all fifty states and
all over the world. There’s six billion gallons of waste vegetable oil
( WVO ) tossed out behind restaurants every year. Think of the trips
you could take if yo didn’t have the huge expense of fuel. Would you
like to help the environment? Well this can be an answer. WVO can lower
greenhouse emissions by 100% greatly reducing air pollution and it is
carbon neutral. When you burn vegetable oil, the gas contains carbon
dioxide, but it’s the same carbon dioxide…that was absorbed by the
plant while it was growing.

These are little changes that make things better for people—not just
the impact the car will have, but the impact on people who see the car.
Whether we drive or not, maybe we can all help to make those changes.
Greasers, as driver- evangelists are sometimes called, collect and
filter used cooking oil
from restaurants, and add it to the newly installed 15-gallon grease
tank. Most greasers have no problem arranging for the free oil, as
restaurants normally pay a rendering company to remove the waste.

The Greasecar conversion works by working in tandem with the
original diesel tank; after starting the engine with diesel, heat
exchangers warm the veggie oil to a low simmer,
allowing it to start fueling the engine. At that point, the diesel
supply is shut off, and the car is running on grease. In the beginning,
it was environmentalists and hippies, but now we’re seeing a different
kind of clientele.

Greasecar’s biggest opportunity for growth is probably in commercial
sales. Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company, converted a delivery truck
to run on vegetable oil collected from their own cafeteria, garnering
savings as well as local green bennies. Fred Carter, a Grease car
technical service rep – and proud Greaser himself – says the company is
selling 40 to 60 of the kits every month, and is steadily increasing
sales, thanks to the dual effect of gas prices and to a lesser extent,
the Iraq war. Grease mileage average the same as when the vehicle ran
of pure diesel.

Frederick Carter

Semi retired at 50 yrs old. I’m fascinated with new sources of
energy and am always working on new projects. The grease car is one
dear to my heart. My school bus conversion is on track.

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toy-bus-no-back.jpgtoy-bus-no-back.jpgIf you decide that you would like to try to run a grease car, lets see how feasible this project really is. The conversion of the engine will be around 800 to 15,000 depending where you look and what kind of system you choose.  On a large commercial truck it could cost around 3,500 to 4,000 to change over. There will be a fuel tank included in this price. The need for another fuel tank will be that there is a heating element needed inside the tank. This heats up the veggie oil to a temperature that will run through the injection system. Plus it has to be a certain temperature to burn correctly or you wll damage the engine. They will put a filter system on with a series of toggle switches . This will give the grease car owner a choice of which fuels can be used. Diesel or veggie oil.
You go to the corner and buy diesel for 3.00 a gallon or you go to the same corner, hopefully and get some waste cooking oil ( WVO ) from the foodery for free. Now this isn’t always the case. Hopefully you can have a place in the neighborhood to get your WVO but you may also have to travel a ways to pick it up. This cost time and money. If you are lucky enough to have a regular supply of WVO in a area. Then you are almost there. This all has to be processed so you will have to set up your lab. Now this is fairly inexpensive. But you will need a place to do it. The garage is plenty of room.
Now you have to realize that this is not for everybody. Mom is not going to go through all this just to go to the store and back a couple times a week. There are places where you can pull in and gas up or veggie up. But thats not going to happen without a lot of luck. These people are not on every corner or city for that matter. To get involved with selling to the public there would be some state and federal regulations, which will raise the price of the fuel.
There is somewhere between 100 million and 120 million gallons of WVO generated annually. American drivers need 140 billion gallons of fuel each year. So you see one problem there. Not your problem at the moment but a problem if everybody wanted to switch over to WVO. If you throw new vegetable oil in the mix you still have a major scarcity problem. I don’t think this problem will stop the forward progress of diesel engines running on veggie (Grease car). With oil steadily rising there will be a profit to be made on veggie and the fuel will get processed by some enterprising person. Theres still not enough WVO to go around is everybody jumped on the band wagon but its a start to the solution of dependency on fossil fuel. There will be solar power, hydrogen power, air power, water power etc: coming out of the woodwork in the coming years. Its already happening for example the tata car in Europe.

I’m not discouraged from WVO running a grease car. I’m in the process of putting a school bus together to travel the country. It will be on WVO. If there was 100’s of millions of people doing this I would not be doing it. I wouldn’t see the value. The environment might get a shot in the arm which is good but I would be paying the same 3.00 or 4.00 dollars a gallon for fuel. This is the only way I am going to afford a motor home in my lifetime and travel the country.

Frederick Carter

Semi retired at 50 yrs old. I’m fascinated with new sources of energy and am always working on new projects. The grease car is one dear to my heart. My school bus conversion is on track.

 

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Frederick Carter

Semi retired at 50 yrs old. I’m fascinated with new sources of energy and am always working on new projects. The grease car is one dear to my heart. My school bus conversion is on track.

 

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side-of-busnoback.jpgWhen you decide you are going to invest your money into a grease car conversion you wonder when you get your investment back. It could take months or years to get back in black. I should get my investment back within 6 months just because I haven’t hit the road yet in my ( school bus conversion to RV ). Ive had a few stumbling blocks as far as designing the inside.The engine runs great. We did have a fuel pump problem but we were warned of that when we decided to DYI. The viscosity is to high for the pump.

We will be putting 500 miles a week for the first 2 weeks and after that we will put about 200 if that. We are expecting the cost to be around 50 dollars for every 500 miles and that’s on the high side. You will pay a third of the price for your fuel processing your own fuel. Keep in mind there is some work involved and you will have to put a tank or two underneath the bus body. We will have two. We will have a small processing plant built on the bus under the body, on top, or inside. We are working on that. Cant wait to smell the frence fries while traveling down the road.

Hopefully our grease car will be on the road in 3 months. It is a time consuming project but its so much fun.

Frederick Carter

Semi retired at 50 yrs old. I’m fascinated with new sources of energy and am always working on new projects. The grease car is one dear to my heart. My school bus conversion is on track.

 

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school-bus-ebay-22.jpgBio diesel fuels (made from plant or animal fats and some form of alcohol) are used by many localities, to run trucks or buses. But vegetable oil has some legal barriers. Vegetable oil has to be certified by the federal government for use as a motor oil. Certification is required by the Environmental Protection Agency for any engine systems modified to use vegetable oil. To date, no vegetable oil conversion has achieved EPA certification. So when you change your bus into a grease car you are illegally tampering with your emissions system.

Now I don’t think this is going to stop me from buying one of the conversion kits on the market and switching from petro to veggie but the city, county, state metro transportation and utilities will have to deal federal legal barriers and red tape. Thats a big discouragement. When vegetable oil and engine conversion are both certified by the federal government. localities can pursue the changing from petro to grease car. Now here is some news I was suspicious about. According to a Department of Energy There is a study showing that vegetable oil actually reduces the life of engines and can damage catalytic converters and filter traps. Well everything I have studied says just the reverse. Sure you can damage your engine and filter traps if you don’t make the right modifications. When the feds don’t have their hand in the till you will not get a positive response from them. Just my thoughts. I’m always suspicious of the governments surveys.

You will have to decide if a grease car is going against the way of government. I for one support the government on lots of things but their non interest in this subject Makes me move forward on it.

Frederick Carter

Semi retired at 50 yrs old. I’m fascinated with new sources of energy and am always working on new projects. The grease car is one dear to my heart. My school bus conversion is on track.

 

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toy-bus-200.jpgLets talk about the diesel engine and what happens when fuel is run through it. You might want to run diesel fuel in your diesel engine or you might choose a vegetable oil or fat to run through it. Running WVO or SVO is what we call a grease car. Your fuel runs through the injector system which is designed to deliver and properly atomize diesel fuel. Atomization is conversion of bulk liquid into a spray or mist (i.e. collection of drops), often by passing the liquid through a nozzle. When running SVO or WVO through the injectors the viscosity has to be lowered in order not to damage to engine. Diesel fuel has the viscosity of around 8 centistokes. WVO or SVO has a much larger viscosity of 10 to 20 time more. You are trying to run that through an injector spray jet made for fuel with the viscosity of 8. Now this will create an improper spray pattern and cause damage to the engine. Your fuel will not have a proper combustion when the spray pattern is wrong. You will have to lower the viscosity down.

The other issue which needs to be dealt with is the polymerization of vegetable oil when it contacts metal below an optimum temperature. Imagine placing a skillet on the stove, pouring a small amount of vegetable oil in the skillet, and turning the heat to high. The skillet will begin to heat up and as it does it will heat the oil, around 300F the oil will start to smoke, then turn black, stick to the skillet, and destroy it. With another skillet on your stove, turn the heat on high again. When the Skillet gets to about 600F throw a tablespoon of oil in the Skillet, You will notice that the oil is skittering around the skillet on a layer of vapor, none of the oil is sticking to the skillet and none of it is turning to carbon.This same principle applies inside the combustion chamber of your engine, so injecting oil at any temperature into a combustion which is not at operating temperature will result in carbonaceous deposits being formed on the piston crown and cylinder walls again destroying your engine.

So when you are setting up a diesel engine to run as a grease car you will have these two major obstacles mentioned above. You can run vegetable oil without changing a thing and it will probably work but in time the engine will be damaged . So just keep these two things in mind.
1) The vegetable oil must be heated to at least 160F before being injected so that it can be atomized properly by the injectors.
2) The engine must be at operating temperature before any oil is injected.

Frederick Carter

Semi retired at 50 yrs old. I’m fascinated with new sources of energy and am always working on new projects. The grease car is one dear to my heartMyschool bus conversion is on track.

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