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  1. molly says:

    frequent reader, first time commentor.

    i have a question for you about the biodiesel – my husband has been slightly concerned about paying road taxes for each gallon of biodiesel produced. what do you guys do about this? (fyi – we are also in california)

    also, i’d love permission to duplicate your recent 10 requirements for urban homesteaders on my blog. we’re at 7 out of 10 and striving for the other 3.

    i absolutely love your site, and being a “newbie” at urban homesteading, i appreciate how much hard work your lifestyle requires, and also how satisfying that hard work can be. dig on!

  2. Judy says:

    Great video. It seems to me that all of the restaurants need someone to take their used vegetable oil away as this is a waste product for them. I’ve seen the waste oil barrels behind restaurants before. What your family is doing is recycling and turning this waste into a very useful product — awesome! We need more people to do this!

    I also have a question — how does the mileage of biodiesel compare to regular diesel fuel? Also, does the biodiesel burn cleaner? Was there something special that you had to do to your engine to be able to burn the biodiesel?


  3. Becky L. says:

    Great job Justin! Hope you continue to do more interviews. With the gas crunch here, your expertise is going to be sorely needed!

  4. Jill says:

    Do you get a lot of glycerin as a by-product? What do you do with it? Is there a way to compost it for use on the food crops?? Thanks for all your great work!

  5. Anais says:

    Jill- we only brew 30 gals of biodiesel at a time which can last us over a month. The glyercine as a degreaser or composted

    Becky – thanks for the positive comments.

    Judy – There’s hardly any difference in the mileage. Yes indeed, biodiiesel does burn cleaner – it’s cooking oil NOT crude oil. Nope, we don’t have to modify the diesel engine at all to run biodiesel.

  6. katecontinued says:

    You continue to be the very first blog I read each day (after checking my own for comments) and I always come away learning something.

    Now I am hearing from people who don’t follow sustainablility, climate change or peak oil issues – “There is this family in California . . . ” It is odd, because I write a newsletter for my neighborhood and I often cite POF statistics, include your photos and share your hotlinks. I do this on my blog as well, yet your recent television appearances have incited more conversations then all of my face to face conversations, the newsletters or the blogosphere.

    The sheeple are watching. So, I am really glad you are all so photogenic, that you have prepared for the publicity push and for being unbelievably generous with all of us. Thanks.

  7. Chicago Mike says:

    Thats the best. This is the most inspirational website I have ever seen. I hope to post picture of my families efforts on the freedomgardens website soon.

    All the continued best.

  8. Anais says:

    Hello Molly

    Regarding the ROAD TAX question

    Here’s the information we are working on:


    Biodiesel Board legal department had a meeting with the I.R.S. and this is what was stated.
    There IS a road tax exemption for Biodiesel Home Brewers of 400 gallons
    a quarter IF IT IS A BLEND. Just like the rules for Commercial Biodiesel producers, they only get their tax Credit for Blended B-99 which in
    reality is B-9999. The agent stated that if a home brewer if using B-100
    that he made and not selling it to anybody, he still must pay the 24 cents
    per gallon road tax. But back to the exemption, putting a pint of Fossil
    diesel into a 55 gallon barrel makes it B-99 and if you produce under 400
    gallons per quarter, you do not have to pay the road tax. Strange but
    it almost makes sense….

    Hope this helps

  9. Diana says:

    Your whole family is so inspirational. You give me hope that we’re not all doomed. 🙂

  10. gyanendra gautam says:

    i am interested in knowig the mixing procedure of methanol in diesel for making it cost effective . may i know from where i can get that kit .

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