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January 27, 2011
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January 30, 2011 23:45
Thanks semel1. I don't drive the Mercedes in the winter because we live on the top of a mountain on 40 acres and we get alot of snow. LOL, I won't drive RWD in the snow. :P Once the weather has calmed down and the roads are more clear, I'll bring the Mercedes home from the shop. It's pretty-much the same exact system that is in the Suburban. It has the same tank and everything. There are 2 hoses going to the tank, and the fuel (oil) line runs inside that house. The oil temp has to be at least at 105 degrees before you can use it. The oil in the tank is heated via radiator water that is run through some copper piping inside the tank. (I got to see the inside of the tank in the Mercedes, so that was cool). The do have an "auto-pilot" you can purchase with your kit that usually just plugs in and it will decide when to switch over. I, myself, do not like things making decisions for me in the car, so I went with just a regular switch that I can turn on and off manually. You can see the system and how it works at www.greasecar.com
January 30, 2011 10:57
That is really cool. Want to see pictures of the Mercedes with that system in it
January 28, 2011 08:10
Thanks Pikesan!

I actually have to process the oil before I can use it. I have to get the chunks out of it and boil the water out of it before I can use it.

Most of the fast food chains already do something with their used oil, so you have to get it from small restaurants and stuff to acquire it.

Yes, it does smell like french fries! Regardless of what oil I put in (Chinese, BBQ), it all comes-out smelling like french fries!

The oil does burn cleaner than diesel. It also lubricates the cylinders better and makes it run quieter. It gets about the same mpg as it does on diesel, which is about 20 mpg. Pretty impressive for this rolling warehouse! I can get about 300 miles to a tank of veggie, and it doesn't cost me anything but the 2 hrs. or so it takes me to process it.

That's the reason we bought the Mercedes as well. (Even though I have always wanted one, lol). It's in the mechanics this winter getting the same system put in it. The whole kit is about $1200 before labor, but is well worth it to us.
January 28, 2011 06:14
i read about bio diesel guys and what people are burning in their diesel engines. I think it's great. Can you fill up at a MacDonalds or something? And it smells like french fries at the exhaust?? Plus it burns cleaner, right? I love it!! That's My Ride is Me.
January 27, 2011 10:52
Thanks, it's not really biodiesel, it is actually straight used vegetable oil.
January 27, 2011 10:34
Biodiesel! Proud to know one more person is using it! Go get em!