With the high price of fuel at the top of everyones mind and particularily for those with full-size diesel trucks, bio-diesel has become something that is quite commonly heard. But the inevitable question is how the heck do you get started down the road of converting fryer oil waste from your favorite fish and chip shack into something you can power your diesel-powered rig with? Well Extreme-Biodiesel is here to help reduce the mad scientist aspect of home fuel production with a number of different setups to produce fuel at home. Cost of these units varies considerably based on how much and how fast you would like to produce your biodiesel.
An example of their mid level priced systems would be their 2- and 5-Hour Extreme Extractor systems:
The Extreme Extractor is our exclusive waterless purification system that comes in 2-hour, 5-hour, and 7-hour models. Our Extreme Extractor is designed after the Standard Extractor; however, one great addition has been made. We have added a dry wash, or "waterless" system that eliminates the need for water-washing. This results in a faster yield of biodiesel!
The Extreme Extractor purification system is based on a basic concept that the biodiesel industry adopted a few years ago. It works on the same principle as Ion Exchange. We at Extreme Biodiesel have taken this concept and adapted it to the small-scale process used in our systems.
The filtering agent used is our own blend of products that create this unique system. This will only add .11 cents per gallon to your total per gallon price and with the time saved, it is well worth the minimal expense.
Extreme Extractor 2-Hour Purification System
The 2-hour system can filter 100 gallons of fuel in 2 hours and be ready to burn in any diesel motor. So, that means in a total of about 5 hours, you can go from vegetable oil to clean burning Biodiesel.
Maintenance on the filter system is a breeze. It's as simple as performing a flush cycle on the first tank using Methanol every 3000 gallons. This methanol can then be reused in your beginning process.
Every 12,000 to 14,000 gallons, you change out one tank of media that you can purchase from Extreme Biodiesel. The spent media can then be composted or just thrown away. It is 100% biodegradable.
Extreme Extractor 5 Hour Purification System
The 5-hour system can filter 100 gallons of fuel in 5 hours and be ready to burn in any diesel motor. In about 8 hours you can go from vegetable oil to clean burning Biodiesel.
Maintenance on the filter system is as simple as performing a flush cycle on the first tank using Methanol every 1000 gallons. This methanol can then be reused in your beginning process.
Every 5000 to 6000 gallons you change out one tank of media that you can purchase from Extreme Biodiesel. The spent media can then be composted or thrown away. It is 100% biodegradable.
**With both of our Extreme Extractors, the dry wash purification system is the best possible way to purify your biodiesel in the quickest way known. You can feel confident that the biodiesel coming from your new Extreme Biodiesel waterless system will be a quality fuel you can count on.
All systems receive a complete titration kit that includes a digital scale, pH solution w/color chart, pipettes, beakers and bottles. Also included is a step by step illustrated operation manual, safety goggles, gloves and bung wrench
On their website, Extreme Biodiesel is claiming .80 cents USD per gallon cost. The TV show, "Extreme 4x4" set their cost at about 1.30 USD per gallon. Both numbers are of course considerably below the $5 per gallon neighbourhood that pump diesel currently lives in. It is still early days in the make-your-own-fuel-at-home game. Frankly most of the people that would be interested in manufacturing biodiesel would also be the types to source all of the parts packaged by Extreme Biodiesel on their own. Extreme Biodiesel is trying to make these systems more easily available to those with initiative but perhaps not as much mechanical knowledge. The question, though, is by actually making it easier to produce biodiesel will they make it more expensive to do so by increasing the competition for used cooking oil product? It seems there are no easy answers in the quest to go green.