Bio-diesel fuel 10 years later…

While bio-diesel and the trucking industry does not seem to be a hot topic at them moment which is why we’d like to review it here and find out what the general consensus is on it’s use now, years after the big hype. There are many states that are using it and selling it from our understanding but one rarely hears it mentioned anymore.  We’d really like to hear your thoughts on this potential resource.  Please comment below.

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Bio-diesel fuel for trucking.

Bio-diesel fuel for trucking? What about it?

  1. Biodiesel will wash out impurities already existing in your lines because methanol is used in the process of making it. Its not recommended to switch back and forth between diesel and biodiesel often but the first main switch from diesel to biofuels almost always needs to change all fuel filters. Futon rubber fuel lines are required because of the methanol in it. All commercial biodiesel will not have any of the glycerine residues that home brewed biodiesel might have. Basically its made by mixing with sodium hydroxide (Draino), water and methanol. The water and oil separate with the help of the methanol. The tip biodiesel layer is separated and washed several times with water to remove any of the bottom layer of glycerine from it. In colder climates biodiesel can gel a little easier than regular diesel. I think the bacterial growth is the same as regular diesel. Its jot readily available in the Philadelphia region where I now am so I don’t use it but I used it for years in Portland Oregon in its initial years of growth. Price gouging was supposed to be curbed and not correlate to regular diesel prices so it would not go up in price. I don’t know if that is truly the case or not. In fact, I can guarantee that its the same price or higher. I’m pessimistic when it comes to such things.

  2. Very interesting comment. I had no idea that bio-diesel has more residue possibly that comes with it. What do you suppose this is from? I have to wonder firstly and not to try and make excuses for bio-diesel but since diesel fuel is so prone to bacteria is it possible that the bio-diesel fuel knocked existing bacteria in the fuel tank loose and then caused the filters to clog? Or is bio-diesel itself more prone to bacteria and it grew and caused the filter clogging? Very interesting topic and we do hope that you will come back and share more on this controversial topic. Maybe we can generate some interest from Facebook and even find someone that has an answer.

    I do have one question for you. How were you forced to use bio-diesel? Was it limited choices or perhaps and requirement from the employer? Also so you remember where you bought the bio-diesel fuel at that seemed to cause this problem?

  3. We have been forced to use bio-diesel and on more then one occasion it has left us setting along the road with clogged up fuel filter. This is very common as we have talked to other truckers also the fuel mileage is lowered.

    Thank you for your time.

    Candy King

    • That is tough. We are aware as well that the fuel system needs to be upgraded in order to use it properly. We hope you are up and going fine now however.

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