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Burnin' Veg for a year today
Today is the 1 year mark of me and my truck seeing the light...the GREEN light that is...and smelling that sweet smell. So, I thought it would be fun and educating to post a few stats from my first year of burning Veg. I'm hoping a thread with some real world summarized data might help someone make the decision and go greasy.
The truck has 233k miles and loves to be put to work.
12,185 total miles traveled
10,460 miles were on Veg
86% of the time I burned Veg
747 gallons of Veg burned
1,850 gallons of Veg collected/processed
Avg 14 mpg on veg and d2 over the year
$3,600 Total Conversion cost with truck system, oil processing equip, totes, tanks, etc.
($2,300) Paid back in fuel savings
$1,300 remaining to payback or
5,800 miles left to drive to payback (overall payback should be 16k miles)
$0.05/mile to drive on veg over the last year
$0.77/gallon avg Veg cost (I pay for my peanut oil)
$3.76/gallon avg D2 cost
Throughout the system build and oil processing, countless hours were spent reading and educating myself, but I've put 152 hrs into the actual building of the systems and processing of the oil. It does become somewhat of a hobby, but one I am proud and happy to do.
The longest run on the system so far was a 10hr run without shutting down or purging, 680 miles. I have driven 3,500 miles on one tank of d2 (currently at 2,800 miles on this tank of d2 and showing a half tank left). Driving in below zero conditions pulling my sleds on veg was a regular occurrence this last winter and driving in 100 deg + days with A/C full blast while on veg has been nice of late. Veg temps of 175 - 210deg F depending on conditions.
I have had no real (knock on wood) veggie related issues, aside from the small leaks from initial setup and having to go back and insulate for the cold winter. This cannot be said for the d2 side (d2 pump failed, CPS failed, glow plugs, alternator, batteries, front suspension,etc).
If I drove more this last year, it is very feasible to say my system would already be paid back. If you put 40k a year on your rig like a bunch of folks do, you are talking months for a payback. This adventure has definitely taken way more of a time investment than I originally thought, but I am thrilled with the way things have gone so far and will not be going back to old way.
Any other stats out there?
2005 Excursion 6.0l Eddie Bauer, 175k