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    How many biodiesel users are there in Tas.

    Just checking to see how many people are here that use and or make their own fuel. I would like to grow mine as well and am looking at mustard plants as one option. Does anyone know of a fast growing, low water use plant that produces a high usable oil content, I would like to know. It must be able to handle our southern weather.

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    Re: How many biodiesel users are there in Tas.

    None it appears so far, maybe someone could tell me the best place to purchase the chemicals required here in Tas or maybe there is someone that would like to use biodiesel down here.

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    Re: How many biodiesel users are there in Tas.

    Sorry Alga, I was really hoping some Tasmanian users might come out of hiding for you there. Come on Tasmania, you're meant to have a green reputation. I'm sure in time others will find you here.
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    Re: How many biodiesel users are there in Tas.

    I'm not a biodiesel user yet, I am currently working on SVO/WVO conversion at the moment, sort of running but have fuel pump issues at the moment - waiting for a new pump then will see how things go.

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    Re: How many biodiesel users are there in Tas.

    Mr Ute, I'm just starting as well just deciding which way to go. Whether to try SVO, WVO, big batches or small batches. I've got a big diesel boat as well as tractor and a couple cars, so use a bit. I have found that lots of shops are already having their wvo picked up, so there should be a few people doing this. Lets know how you get on with your approach and I will keep you informed. I was going to buy fresh bulk VO but haven't found a supplier here and couldn't afford to transport it myself from Aus. You can get it for $200 - $300 a tonne in the Riverina so I am told. It may be useful to find a couple of others and test the possibility of buying a big bulk shipment. I haven't worked out the economics of it, but reckon it could be done for less than 60-70cents litre in the tank.

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    Re: How many biodiesel users are there in Tas.

    Hi
    I am another newee to bd, just in the throws of having 2x200 litre processors manufactured, i have decided not to wash bd so may sell one of them.
    I also want to find people in tassie there semm to be a lot of people wanting to do it or thinking of it but the people out there who are making it seem very secretive.
    Thats it for now.
    Glad i found a local site.
    Thanks

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    Re: How many biodiesel users are there in Tas.

    Hi Reg,

    You are right about people being secretive when it comes to BD or even SVO/WVO - but they are here. Every now & then a name gets metioned in passing but no one will own up to doing it.
    Once I get my WVO system sorted (almost there) I will be looking into BD more seriously as not all of my collected oil suits my current setup.
    If you are still considering selling you processor I may be interested.

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    Re: How many biodiesel users are there in Tas.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Ute
    Hi Reg,

    You are right about people being secretive when it comes to BD or even SVO/WVO - but they are here. Every now & then a name gets metioned in passing but no one will own up to doing it.
    Once I get my WVO system sorted (almost there) I will be looking into BD more seriously as not all of my collected oil suits my current setup.
    If you are still considering selling you processor I may be interested.
    Hi mr ute
    I may be interested in selling it the spare one any way it is a 44gal with a square / conical bottom and tap this holds 25ltr +200 ltr.
    It has a fancy stand which enables drum to be taken out for cleaning or replacement.
    it owes me $500 as it was made by engineer. A bit pricey i know but it looks professional. Feels like all i am doing is spending money.
    Are you located north or south of hobart?
    How are you going getting enough oil?
    I am seriously considering offering to buy the the stuff as someone already has 44 gal drums in almost all the shops. I am pretty sure this is going as animal feed.

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    Re: How many biodiesel users are there in Tas.

    Reg,

    You will probably find that most shop owners are not paying to have the oil removed, "someone just takes it away". I found a couple of resturants / shops that change the oil often so the quality is good, although I found quite a few already give it to other BD or WCO users! When you ask about their oil disposal they say "making diesel eh?". Which side of Hobart (south, North or East) are you?

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    Re: How many biodiesel users are there in Tas.

    Hi I agree with both of you, I also have a bit of trouble getting wvo as others are taking it for feed. I live down the tasman so don't have access to much. What I am doing is investigating growing my own. MUstard is one crop, but I have discovered that wild radish a weed, contains 48% oil and algae that grows on dams has an even higher content. I crushed some wattle seeds along with wild cherry and eucalypt and got quite a bit of oil out of them but harvesting would be the problem. The biggest problem is finding a crusher as they don't appear to be made here in Aus. I also have a 3.3 nissan turbo and found that she runs really well on vegie oil, much quiter. The best engine they ever made in my opinion.

    I also would be interested in your design Reg and where it was made, so that I can look at getting one done. I am going to get a pre heater so that I can use both wvo and fresh unprocessed veg oil.

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