Dip tubes are underneath any pipes or pipe nipples threaded into the heater. You can googgle it and see the details about this processor. You may find that glycerine is still settling out. You put in 20% methanol, and get out 20% glycerin. You may need to vent it once or twice more to release the pressure. The element is in good position, i think it's the grunge in the oil. If you would like to see yours added to this gallery you can tell us.
Keep in mind you need a place to drain glycerin below the processor, so you'll need it raised some. At this point you've drained the glycerin and have reached the fuel. The Apple Seed processor is feature limited and shown in our area. Localb100 - 'Open-source' plans for biodiesel homebrewing equipment, using off-the-shelf parts and a water heater. It has been created for the free use of anyone interested. This may be because it will stick on the sides of some tanks and needs more time to creep to the bottom, or it may be that you didn't get it all the first time.
Longer settling time is always better- as microscopic droplets of glycerol and soap take a long time to settle in a sealed reactor- the excess methanol keeps them suspended. This tutorial will get you through the process of making biodiesel, but not the necessary washing process. Enjoy, Wayne Moved Reply: I am posting for the first time. Let glycerol settle for 8-24 hours. It also helps to get the already suspended soap bonded to some water.
I purchase a 110V replacement element instead. I used an old sock to get out the large particles before it went through the filter. After draining off glycerol, the same mixing pump can transfer the biodiesel to a 'wash tank' for a water wash to remove methanol and water-soluble impurities. Comes with a detailed manual. My next instructable will deal with the washing process. Dip tubes are underneath any pipes or pipe nipples threaded into the heater.
I prefer the easy way and use the other plans available which I already have. Use hose clamps to secure the hose to the carboy lid with the ball valve on it. Biodiesel will run in a diesel engine, I don't recommend trying it in a gas engine. Open all the valves in the circuit on the processor and start the pump again so the oil is circulating. You're reusing waste oil and reducing your impact on the environment. All plumbing black iron threaded pipe if possible- galvanized is sometimes the only choice for some fittings but is not preferred due to zinc content: A. You'd pump all your reactor contents to that tank and let them settle, then drain just biodiesel from on top of the glycerine.
Well by your words alone that means I can download and make 1000's of copies and give them away for free Glad to see you made it possible to get these free. Be familiar with how the process works before you build a processor. It stands to reason that if you want to build anything it's a good idea to have a set of plans. Not too efficient if you plan on making large quantities, but great for figuring things out. I only wish I had a fraction of your knowledge. I am not saying his plans suck, it sounds like they don't. I bought it used on the internet and never got around to making a batch of biodiesel.
Now I know some of you are wondering about this, and yes, I am going to add a methanol recovery system. Here's some pictures of our planning process, but only a fraction of it; we probably drew this diagram in a dozen ways a dozen times. Methanol is a harmful alcohol. There may be some unreacted catalyst, too. If you're using more than 5 gallons of oil you obviously will need to disconnect the hose and repeat more than once. Are you using enough oil in your batch to cover the element while it is circulating? Now open the valve on the carboy and the intake valve. The numbers should start at 100F or lower instead of 130F the other option at these stores.
Everyone says how happy they are with the perfomance of a diesel over gasonline engines, not to mention the Cummings has a average life of 500,000 miles before rebuild. The process for making biodiesel uses an oil, a catalyst, and an alcohol. Am I on the right track here? If that is the case, drain a little more into your 'set-aside-to-resettle' jug. Once the parts are gathered, it takes less than 2 hours to assemble, with minimal tools. The plans I have found have complete parts lists of what is needed, they show where things go, they give part numbers to order online if you chose, they even a pricing break down. Water heater strapping, or other earthquake strapping for attaching the processor to your wall studs. Prepare to replace this hose every few months as it deteriorates with heat and biodiesel.
Most people on this site are looking for free information. Be careful, though, we're talking hot water here. Just have to find a way to pick the nuts off the trees in an effecient manner. I am simply saying the plans I have found with a little bit of research are technical enough, that I wouldn't pay for plans. Turn on the pump and make sure the glycerin drain and out-take valve are both closed, so oil doesn't come shooting out. You will get arrested and get in a pile of trouble if you just take the oil. Makes you wonder what would it take to get people to ride bikes instead.