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Old 03-11-2011, 08:19 AM
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Legalities of Biodiesel?

Im about to start brewing my own Biodiesel & was curious if I am going to have any troubles doing this in my business warehouse? I dont have a good location at home to do it but I am about to rent a 5000SF warehouse for my business to store equipment & trailers. I figured it would be a perfect location to setup my biodiesel rig. We're just doing it for personal consumption but I started wondering if I might run into any troubles with code enforcement or fire inspectors or anything like that. Im sure its going to be different city to city, but in general does anyone think I might have troubles? I dont want to go & get all of this stuff together & then have a fire inspector come in & shut me down! Thanks for any feedback in advance. I'm really excited about getting into Biodiesel. We own a concessions business frying corndogs & cant wait to smell that driving down the street.
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Fire inspection may be an issue.

As well as taxes
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I was creating a small-scale bio business in a local small warehouse, so I dipped my toe in the water a little in this area. It's perfectly legal for personal consumption as long as you pay your road taxes, which vary by state. The building owner wanted info about the MSDS of the materials and his insurance company wanted info about process safety and venting, particularly since methanol and methoxide gas are highly flammable. Both parties wanted to know about spill containment measures and have a contingency plan for emergencies, too. I was planning to have the local fire cheifs come out to inspect the place and look for any potential additional hazards as well. Anyway, I never pursued the business because I got busy with other stuff so that's as far as I got.

Just curious, why not simply convert your truck to run on WVO? It's a lot less work, lower cost and makes all the safety hazard issues go away...
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We've got a couple of vehicles that will be sharing the biodiesel. My business partner & I both have diesel as does one of our employees. So I believe it will be easier to do biodiesel than upgrade all of our vehicles. Plus we do concessions alot & occassionally need a generator. If I have biodiesel, I might go ahead & bite the bullet & buy a good diesel generator.
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