View Full Version : Fuel For 41 A Gallon; Brew Your Own!

06-01-2004, 03:47 PM
From Slashdot of all places :playboy:

Brew Your Own Auto Fuel For 41 Cents A Gallon
Posted by michael on Tuesday June 01, @03:36PM
from the would-you-like-fries-with-that? dept.

Iphtashu Fitz writes "Damon Toal-Rossi of Iowa City, Iowa (,2554,63635,00.html) had enough of the high price of gasoline, so it didn't take too much for his friend to talk him into switching to biodiesel, an alternative fuel based on soy or vegetable oil. But after a few months of driving 10 miles to a biodiesel fuel station he decided it was time to start brewing his own. It didn't take him long to find a recipe for biodiesel (, and with used cooking oil that he gets for free from a nearby restaurant, he figures he's now getting 44 miles per gallon out of his diesel powered VW Golf and only paying 41 cents a gallon. According to the National Biodiesel Board ( the number of biodiesel stations in the US rose by 50% last year (to a whopping 200). The president of the American Soybean Association ( claims biodiesel has almost the same amount of energy as petroleum-based diesel, but cleans an engine's fuel injectors and cuts down on the number of required oil changes. Perhaps these are some of the reasons why diesel powered cars are making a comeback (,2554,63045,00.html) in the US."

Lots o commentary in the Slash:

Even at 41 A Gallon, I'm STILL not a fan of Diesel :D

06-01-2004, 04:34 PM
But think of your car's cholesterol!!!

06-01-2004, 04:36 PM
Besides, 41 cents a gallon is high priced compared to what alcohol would be without government taxes. Alcohol is definetly the best alternative fuel for non diesel engines. Runs cool, you can jack that CR way up, burns cleaner, costs pennies.