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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Grease is the WORD...


What with gas prices increasing on a nearly daily basis, perhaps the time has come to explore wider use of "biodiesel".

Not too terribly long ago (say, last month) biodiesel was a more expensive fuel than regular unleaded gasoline. No longer. Of course, it requires a diesel engine to utilize, but lots of people have those already. The quickest, dirtiest method of using it necessitates pre-heating of some sort, because raw used cooking grease coagulates when it's cool...but if the glycerides are filtered out, it can even work in cold engines from startup. Not to mention the benefits of less pollution from emissions and the handy disposal of a waste material.

Here are a number of links to websites related to the subject/substance:

Biodiesel
The National Biodiesel Board
Do It Yourself Biodiesel
Renewable Energy Access
Biodiesel Magazine
Pacific Biodiesel, Inc.™
Greasel (Thanks, Rich!)

I think my next truck will have a diesel engine...perhaps a new generation of Harleys will have the option, too?

52 Comments:

Blogger Kajun said...

The burning of used grease will contribute to obesity.

Following one of fried fat burners down the highway will cause one to pull into the next KFC every time.

BTW: A new industry has just gone on line locally to crush soybeans and extract the oil for bio-diesel.

The by-products were scheduled to be shipped to foreign markets as animal feed. But there is no Port of New Orleans to ship from.

September 07, 2005 4:14 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Kajun:
Mmmm...KFC! You crack me up, my friend.

How's it going for y'all down there in Louisiana?

The soybean farmers are all behind the concept of widespread biodiesel usage, as you may already know.

September 07, 2005 5:03 AM  
Blogger Rich said...

Don't forget this link:

http://www.greasel.com/

September 07, 2005 7:45 AM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

Yes, camo, the "diesel" option is looking more and more appealing. And, kajun, I didn't know about the soybean oil possibilities for use as fuel, but I am all for it.
My dad is a grain-producing farmer, growing both corn and soybeans, in IL. This disaster in N.O. has decimated the grain markets, because as you say, right now, there IS no Port of New Orleans. It's almost harvest season in Central IL, and the farmers are in a real bind...no markets for their grain combined with the astronomical fuel prices...well, you do the math!

September 07, 2005 9:03 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Rich:
Done deal; thanks for the tip.

'da Bunny:
I actually thought about buying a diesel truck back in 2000 when I bought my current one, but found an offer I couldn't refuse.

As for those crops, an impassable Mississippi is a BIG problem right now...

To whom it may concern:
I've turned on the word verification option. It's a bit of an annoyance, I know, but I'm tired of deleting "drive-by" spambot postings...

September 07, 2005 10:01 AM  
Blogger RAM said...

Sounds good now but, the big problem may be, once enough people change to the new fuel, what is to keep the manufactorers from gouging the consumer, just as it seems the oil industry is doing now?

September 07, 2005 10:31 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

RAM:
Market pressure will force the oil and biodiesel industries to price their respective products competitively; right now, gasoline is basically the only game in most towns...

September 07, 2005 10:58 AM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

I have a feeling the Bush family is in bed with the grease producers. At least that's what I read on a left wing website!Big oil, Big grease!

September 07, 2005 11:47 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Libby Gone™:
Yeah, they're a bunch of slippery characters...

September 07, 2005 12:04 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Does an engine that uses biodiesel still need petroleum-based oil for the lubrication system? Or do you just throw a little grease in every once in awhile?

September 07, 2005 12:40 PM  
Blogger JR said...

CamoJack,
  Did you hear the one about Canada, it has move untapped oil than Saudi???
A true or false rumor???
JR

September 07, 2005 1:29 PM  
Blogger Nightwalker said...

JR:

The tar sands in Canada have a HUGE supply, and they've recently found a way to profitably extract them. Unfortunately, it's the habitat of the petrified dinosaur, and PETPD says we won't be allowed their use. too bad, so sad...

:-)

September 07, 2005 1:49 PM  
Blogger JR said...

Nightwalker,
You had me there for a second... A long second... Good One...
JR

September 07, 2005 2:19 PM  
Blogger kwl said...

Or we can do nothing. See http://betheb.blogspot.com/2005/09/where-do-you-buy-your-gas.html

September 07, 2005 2:40 PM  
Blogger Kajun said...

camojack

Mississippi, once again has electricity. This has taken the pressure off the gasoline supply [wich was mostly being purchased to fuel generators] and stations now have from 1-3 vehicles fueling up at the pumps [normal]. Price is still in the $2.50 per gallon range.

Most refineries are coming back on line. Oil industry workers are being begged to return to work, with offers of free housing for their families], interest-free loans, bonuses, etc. as incentives. However, they are having a hard time returning to "staging areas" where they catch transportation to and from the offshore facilities, due to flooding and debris [many live around here].

September 07, 2005 3:37 PM  
Blogger Kajun said...

"Slick" Willie

[Spoken in a dry-cracking voice]

My wife has already bought $100,000 in grease "futures" for $12.95 [whispering in an even drier-crack-voice] they were on sale.

September 07, 2005 4:57 PM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

Attorney:
You people don't ever look at the unintended consequences. Honest, Hard working people just trying to commit suicide in the privacy of their closed garage will be deprived of that right. They will however become obese on the fumes and hmmmmmm........

September 07, 2005 5:24 PM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

Uh I invented BEYEOLE FEWELL.
-Al Gore

September 07, 2005 5:35 PM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

Does this mean Olivia Newton John can come out of retirement and do ads for DAMNLER Chrysler?

September 07, 2005 7:01 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Hawkeye®:
Besides petroleum-based lubricants, we already have the synthetic variety.

JR:
Yes, as Nightwalker said, the tar sands of Canada have a lot of oil.

Nightwalker:
Petrified dinosaurs don't need no stinkin' habitat!
(But then, you knew that, huh?)

kwl:
Nothing is what [the collective] we have been doing, for the most part.

Kajun:
Thanks for the update; please keep us posted on the situation...

Libby Gone™:
You're silly...I like that characteristic in a person.

September 07, 2005 8:23 PM  
Blogger Pat'sRick© said...

I used to have a diesel powered auto. Got me there and back with a little noise, but without great zip.
And what is this thing I see?

September 07, 2005 10:59 PM  
Blogger Kajun said...

Pat'sRick©

It reminds one of the gas station owner who calls all the other gas stations and says: "We're all raising our price .10 a gallon", then raises his price .08 per gallon.

September 07, 2005 11:57 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Pat'sRick©:
What is which thing you see?

Kajun:
Unethical business practices?! Say it ain't so!!!

September 08, 2005 12:11 AM  
Blogger RAM said...

Libby Gone said: Does this mean Olivia Newton John can come out of retirement and do ads for DAMNLER Chrysler?

I would settle even for her. Anyone would be a break from Iaccoca and his "peep" snoop dogg. I wouldn't buy a Chrysler now, after seeing this immoral thug-rapper hawk them, if they cut the price in half!

P.S. mk77 said...
I won't be back


monkey boy said this on the last thread. I said that I would take bets "it" was lying, then I realized "it" probably just meant THAT thread! ;-)

September 08, 2005 2:12 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

RAM:
You would "settle" for Olivia Newton John? I had a major crush on that little Aussie gal when I was a teenager, and still had crushes...although I don't know how she's doing nowadays. I reckon she's too old for me, anyhow...

September 08, 2005 2:27 PM  
Blogger RAM said...

Mrs Camojack might not like it, BUT Ms Newton-John is available as her boyfriend is still missing!

BTW, I had a crush on her myself, along with Marie Osmond, and Karen Carpenter (before her starving herself to death).

September 08, 2005 2:35 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

RAM:
I just did a web search on Olivia Newton John...apparently she's 10 years my senior. What's this about a missing boyfriend, though?

Like yourself, I had a crush on Karen Carpenter way back when, too.

But we digress...

September 08, 2005 2:46 PM  
Blogger Kajun said...

I always have all the bad luck!

I had a crush on that carpenter...what's her name...on Green Acres

September 08, 2005 4:06 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Kajun:
Do you mean Zsa Zsa's sister, Eva Gabor?

September 08, 2005 4:27 PM  
Blogger RAM said...

kajun: That was Ralph. Her brother was Alf (NO, not that Alf). I forget their last name.

I think she was the same actress that Andy and Barney fixed Gomer up with on The Andy Griffith Show.

When they described her to Gomer, they would only say, "She's nice, REAL NICE!

Her brother was Sid Melton who earlier played Danny Thomas's manager on "Make Roon for Daddy".

Man, am I showing my age!

September 08, 2005 6:38 PM  
Blogger RAM said...

camo: Here's one link to the missing bf story:

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9042523/

She's three years older than me, but I think I could endure that! ;-)

September 08, 2005 6:45 PM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

I'm sorry this all occurred due to my " GREASE" referrence. Maybe if I said John Travolta this DISASTER would never have happened.
Jacqlin Smith was my teenage heartthrob.......

September 08, 2005 6:57 PM  
Blogger JannyMae said...

Mmmmm...John Travolta!!!!

September 08, 2005 10:25 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

RAM:
So, this boyfriend of hers went missing fairly recently, huh?

Libby Gone™:
You're not sorry! Hee hee. Anyway, "Grease" is quite on topic for this thread.

JannyMae:
Ewww...John Revolting!!! Another screwball Scientologist.

Ah well, de gustibus non disputandum est...

September 09, 2005 1:06 AM  
Blogger RAM said...

Off topic, but this far down the thread I don't think camo will mind. This link is to a opinion story in today's Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050908/OPINION01/509080392/1031

For those not familiar with the financial situation in Indianapolis, it's a long story, but the short version is, Democratic Mayor in second year of second term, has bankrupted the city in 5+ years, but thinks Indy can afford a new Colts stadium, (which BTW, he has already gotten approved), while there are firefighters and police layoffs looming, and outdated sewers to the point when we get heavy rains, raw sewage flows into reservoirs. Roads are nearly impassible, and schools have seen cuts with more to come. Also property taxes have doubled for most, like me, and tripled for some, with most to go up again next year. I said I would make it short, so let your imagination run wild and it MIGHT be close.

Anyway, the op/ed letter is right on target for New Orleans and their priority in 1971. Keep in mind, I LOVE the Colts, but with the financial situation here, I don't think it,(the new stadium), should be the priority over public safety, or education.

September 09, 2005 1:09 AM  
Blogger Kajun said...

RAM

That's it! Ralph was her name.

The rest of the Superdome story is:
The Saints have been demanding a new Superdome for the last few years.

The Saints benefit only the New Orleans area (if any), however the lobbying gang from New Orleans has been able to extort 23 million a year in taxpayer money from the State Legislature in payments to the Saints' owner, to keep him from moving the team (to San Antonio).

Maybe we'll get rid of them now.
Loooooooooooooooooooooozers!

September 09, 2005 1:54 AM  
Blogger RAM said...

Kajun: Peyton and Eli Manning went down to N.O. this week. I am sure you know that was their home for many years.

I have always rooted for the Saints because I like to see the underdog win, but when Archie was there they didn't have the other pieces of the puzzle, and when they had a killer defense, they didn't have a good offense. I have seen a LOT of similarities between the Saints and the Colts over the last 20 years.

The Colts have been here since 1984, and have only had a few good years, (like 1993-1994 Jim Harbaugh, and when they had the strike and Gary Hogeboom played as a scab), until the last three years. Even then, what good is a Superbowl win if your city declines and dies?

Don't count out a new stadium for N.O. yet, I don't think congress is done with the money yet, it's only 60 billion or so right now, and I understand Senator McCain (R.I.N.O.) is going to get the other Senators to give their "WORD" that they won't add any pork to financial aid bills.

That eases my mind because all politicians are so trustworty!

September 09, 2005 2:23 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

RAM & Kajun:
Football stadia?! Well, I guess if they have to grease the local politicos to get 'em built, it's on topic. Sheesh...

September 09, 2005 3:51 AM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

brian GREISE (sp? don't care hate U of M) played Fute ball here in Mitch Chee Gon.

September 09, 2005 8:17 AM  
Blogger JannyMae said...

JannyMae:
Ewww...John Revolting!!! Another screwball Scientologist.

No argument, Camojack, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy looking at him! Just wanted to point out that a John Travolta, "Grease," reference, might still have hijacked your thread. :-)

I notice that MK77 did indeed come back, after saying he wouldn't be back. I wouldn't have taken that bet, either.

Back OT, thanks for the info about the biodiesel...very interesting stuff!

September 09, 2005 2:45 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Libby Gone™:
You're really reaching now, Daddy-O!

JannyMae:
I won't pretend to know why some people find certain others attractive...like I said already:
De gustibus non disputandum est.

But yes, back on topic; I find the whole concept of using waste products to power things a most efficacious one. I certainly hope it gets put to more widespread use in the future...

September 09, 2005 4:58 PM  
Blogger LebenFrei said...

I guess "grease monkey" will now really be an appropriate moniker for an auto mechanic. BTW, a gynecologist was getting sick of his job and decided that he needed a career change. He'd always enjoyed tinkering with engines so thought he'd become a mechanic. So he went along to mechanics school and the final test was to strip the engine completely and reassemble it back into perfect working order. So our gynecologist friend did the test and anxiously awaited his results. The day he received the results, he got quite a surprise -- he got 150%. He quickly phoned the instructor and asked about the high mark. The instructor said, “No, that's right. First, I gave you 50% for stripping down the engine -- a very thorough job. Next, I gave you 50% for reassembling it -- a fantastic job really. And then I gave you a 50% bonus for doing it all through the tail pipe.”

September 10, 2005 8:29 PM  
Blogger LebenFrei said...

Have you ever been near a rendering plant? I had to audit one once and it stunk to high heaven. Are you sure that burning grease will not cause as offensive a stench contrary to the amusing comment re KFC?

September 10, 2005 8:37 PM  
Blogger Kajun said...

lebenfrei

Your rendition of the gynecological mechanic has rendered me speechless!

September 11, 2005 2:24 PM  
Blogger jeanne said...

Camo: Did I pass you on the AC Expy Friday night on your way to the "roar at the shore"?

September 11, 2005 4:01 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

LebenFrei:
The smell you get when you burn grease depends on the type of grease, and what it had been used for.

Kajun:
Speechless...you? Nah...

jeanne:
'Tweren't me; I never left PA this weekend.

September 11, 2005 9:19 PM  
Blogger jeanne said...

Camo:

Just thought I'd ask. Thousands of bikers on their way to the annual "roar at the shore" in Wildwood this weekend. The bikers were already showing up on Wed. They were streaming down the AC Expwy as I was leaving the shore area Friday night.

September 11, 2005 11:50 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

I certainly did see a lot of my fellow motorcyclists out and about this weekend...

September 12, 2005 1:20 AM  
Blogger JannyMae said...

Pretty funny, Lebenfrei!

Camojack, I got that Marine poem and passed it on to my whole address book. Some good feedback, so far! Thanks!

September 12, 2005 6:05 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

JannyMae:
The poem you mention deserves wide circulation...I'm glad you liked it.

September 12, 2005 7:01 PM  
Blogger Pat'sRick© said...

The previous comments on my blog are visible on the post pages. I have not quite figured out how to merge the two comments.

September 12, 2005 10:58 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Pat'sRick©:
Well, I didn't see any comments there anymore, so...that's what I was going by.

September 13, 2005 12:38 AM  

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