I just read this entire thread. It is nice to see other people of like minds. I have several things to input (in no particular order) that I would like to share. By no means am I finding fault, criticizing any ones thought processes, ideas, implementations, systems, etc.
Alternative fuel systems are attractive to us for a variety of ideological reasons:
One’s ability to “Stick It To The Man!”
Not wanting to waste.
Whatever floats your boat.
God bless you!
My information is WVO related.
As for WVO, I can safely tell you that it is not an exact science. Variations in systems are needed for different people, needs, vehicles, and their attributes as well as needs, plain and simple.
My 5.9 does not generate good heat.
My 7.3 is a great heat exchanger.
My 5.9 (and I have a 1.6 VW) can run squashed bananas through their IP’s.
My 7.3 cannot run squashed bananas through the HPOP.
My 5.9 and 1.6 can run on virtually anything at 15 to 20 microns.
My 7.3 only gets 2-micron filtered fuel.
Some other information I have learned over time:
STAY AWAY FROM FRYBIRD! I know too many people who got burnt from Chris.
1” clear water pool pumps ($20 to $35) work well for me to transfer my oil(s.)
I did custom build a centrifuge out of three Acme Juicers (for fun) but found using my Racor 1000-FH filters to be easiest and fastest way to filter my naturally settled oil down to 2-microns.
I also use GE Whole House filters in my second filtration stage but I might be disposing of them once I run out of the several cases of string filters I have in inventory. I may leave one GE string filter in line prior to the Racor just because……...
String filters are your best ones for the GE housings.
ALWAYS BUY IN BULK IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT!
(It’s cheaper and a major time saving factor!)
Purple Power or Super Clean!!!!!!!!!
More Purple Power or Super Clean!!!!!!!!!!
2 of basically everything part related to your alternative fuel system!
Even more rags!
Oh yeah, Purple Power or Super Clean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Separate “OIL WORK CLOTHES”!
I do not care how clean of a person you are, or if you are a Wizard, or the laws of physics do not exist in your shop/yard/garage where you are “doing your fuel thing”.
YOU ARE GOING TO SPILL AND GET FILTHY!
Oh yeah, never put your oiled up clothes in Momma’s laundry basket. If you are going to sneak your filthy, smelly oiled up clothes in your home’s washing machine (without Momma knowing), fill it with hot water first and add “PURPLE POWER” or SUPER CLEAN!”
Hang them to dry out of sight. They will smell up the dryer and you will never have sex with your wife for a very long time (don’t ask…….) If you are a Felix Unger type of individual, than this hobby/insanity is definitely not for you!
I run several trucks:
I use Pex line as a heat exchanger in the auxiliary fuel tank (good for warming up the fuel.)
This gives me the luxury of switching on dino should a hiccup occur on the alternate fuel side and I don’t want to mess with it right then and there on the road (usually happens when Wife-A-Roni is sitting next to me giving me the “eye ball!”)
With any alternative fuel filtration, your best friends are “heat and time.”
I like cone tanks (Just scored a 300-gallon self standing on Craig’s List for $250…..sweet!) 55-gallon drums are great for welding /fabricating up stuff, but they take up room especially when you start getting into the 500 gallon range. I also like IBC TOTES (I actually sell them now along with 55-gallon plastic drums) because I own a fork lift (doesn’t every one?)
Install a lighted pressure gauge in the cab. This will be your best friend.
If you are pulling fuel through your filter system (I think this method of final on board filtration to be the best), have your filter as close to the IP as possible (less chance of contamination) and run a lighted vacuum gauge in the cab. This gauge will be your second best friend.
I deactivated my stock filter on the 7.3 and ran 2 separate Golden Rod spin on filters.
The SCOTUS has ruled you can “home brew” up to 600-gallons of fuel. Anything over that, you must self report and pay “your fair share” of taxes.
I never put anything but road grade diesel in my main stock fuel tank! If you get pulled over and get your “tank stick-ed” and it comes up red in color, get out the checkbook Skippy and be prepared to lose a boat load of money with possible vehicle confiscation and incarceration. Don’t believe me? It has happened in my Nazi State several many times last year. The States are in dire need of cash. They do not want “law abiding citizens.” They want people breaking laws as so they can generate additional income revenues from us saps. Think about it!
Also: Don’t tell your neighbors what you are doing! I would bet my bottom dollar that you are violating some of the following:
Fire department codes.
DOT codes for transporting waste oil anything and the list can go on and on!
Other than that, I applaud your actions and keep up the good work!