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Mr. X Produces Bio Diesel May 9, 2009

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--- Quote ---One gallon of methanol vaporized would easily remove a house......
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is the trick part of the assertion from where I stand - well away from vaporized methanol or gasoline, thank you.


That is the critical issue , and Methanol vapourises more readily than petrol.


No need to store a 50 gal drum of Methanol.

It also goes by the name of "methyl hydrate".
It can be bought in 1 gallon containers at most major hardware stores.
It's should very safe to store some of these containers on site.
Start out on a small scale and grow over time.

The slightly increased cost of buying methanol in smaller containers will hardly effect your cost per liter (or gallon) of finished biodiesel.

A big advantage of biodiesel is that there's no modification required to run it in your vehicle. In cooler temperatures, you can blend it with Dino Diesel.
For those who are concerned about running WVO in their expensive vehicle, I think biodiesel is the way to go (IMHO).
However I must side with Jens when talking about stationary engines. WVO can be cleaned and even blended/diluted to create an inexpensive fuel with less preparation and processing.
My preference would be Biodiesel in the vehicle and blended WVO in the generator.


isn't methanol a poison, and toxic to humans, in addition to all the flammable benefits of acting like gasoline when heated

-- excerpts from wikipedia
Methanol, also known as methyl alcohol, carbinol, wood alcohol, wood naphtha or wood spirits, is a toxic chemical with chemical formula CH3OH (often abbreviated MeOH). Drinking even small amounts can cause blindness. It is the simplest alcohol, and is a light, volatile, colourless, flammable, toxic liquid with a distinctive odor that is very similar but slightly sweeter than ethanol (drinking alcohol).[1] At room temperature it is a polar liquid and is used as an antifreeze, solvent, fuel, and as a denaturant for ethanol. It is also used for producing biodiesel via transesterification reaction.
Methanol, although a weak acid, attacks the oxide coating that normally protects aluminium from corrosion

Methanol is toxic by two mechanisms. Firstly, methanol (whether it enters the body by ingestion, inhalation, or absorption through the skin) can be fatal due to its CNS depressant properties in the same manner as ethanol poisoning. Secondly, in a process of toxication, it is metabolised to formic acid (which is present as the formate ion) via formaldehyde in a process initiated by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase in the liver. The reaction to formate proceeds completely, with no detectable formaldehyde remaining.[4] Formate is toxic because it inhibits mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase, causing the symptoms of hypoxia at the cellular level, and also causing metabolic acidosis among a variety of other metabolic disturbances.

Probably no worse than gasoline !!  Many people are at risk if Methanol is that hazardous in practice as Champ cars run on it , as do some dragsters , some classic race cars and bikes etc , etc.


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