Los Angeles area biodiesel sources

Q. My wife and I visited your homestead maybe a year ago to see your biodiesel processor. I have been studying the use of vegetable oil and biodiesel for some time and was impressed with your biodiesel setup. I have been able to finally afford a Volkswagen TDI and would like to run it on biodiesel and/or vegetable oil. I know that you guys probably don’t make enough to sell, but I was wondering if you still process it and if so, how it runs in your vehicle. I have wanted to be self sufficient as far as use of petroleum goes for a long time. Since I currently live in a Condominium (and am unable to process or store veggie oil to filter) , I was wondering if I could help in the biodiesel process so that I can make some fuel for myself.

My contribution would be in the way of learning and helping to do the processing. I would be glad to collect vegetable oil since I have a few restaurant/catering contacts that have expressed interest in giving me their oil.

So, I’m asking if:

1) Could I purchase biodiesel from you or alternatively provide vegetable oil in exchange for a quantity of finished product.

2) If possible, could I become more active in your processing of biodiesel to both learn more about it and help make it so that you have more time for your many projects?

Let me know how I can help and if either of these options are possible.

Looking over your website visiting your homestead has inspired both my wife and I to live more responsibly in this world. We are expecting our first child in August and the condition of the planet we hand over to our children concerns us greatly!
James

A. Yes we still make our own biodiesel, in fact, we’ve been to the gas station only twice in the last two years.

1) Could I purchase biodiesel from you or alternatively provide vegetable oil in exchange for a quantity of finished product.

A. Unfortunately, we cannot sell biodiesel since we don’t have the necessary licenses or permits to sell biodiesel as it is recognized by the EPA as an alternative fuel.

There is, however, a biodiesel delivery service that will drop off 55 gallons of biodiesel. L.A. Biofuel, Santa Monica – 310.962.0488 (home delivery of B-100) http://www.greendepot.org/default.php?page=join

There is also a biodiesel co-op in Culver City and word has it that they are trying to get another co-op possibly closer. I just checked and they have! The BioD trailer is now in East LA (near Dodger Stadium) http://www.biodiesel-coop.org/

2) If possible, could I become more active in your processing of biodiesel to both learn more about it and help make it so that you have more time for your many projects?

A. Thanks for the offer. Sure we’d like more time for our projects, but due to the chemicals that are involved in the process of making biodiesel, it would be a liability on our part to allow folks to assist us just in case of an accident or unnecessary exposure.

I hope I have helped with your predicament. With the growing movement towards alternative fuels, one day (perhaps soon) you’ll be able to buy BioD at the pump. In the meantime, there are now options like the home delivery service and co-op that weren’t available when we got into wanting to break free from our petroleum addiction – it was either DIY or drive long distances to fill up (Ventura or Cudahy).

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