Local Man Makes Own Fuel

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

There is one local man who doesn't have to worry about the pain at the pump. That's because he is making his own liquid gold.

"It works beautifully," Adam Burke said.

Burke makes his own alternative biodiesel out of used vegetable oil.

"I make a batch of about 24 gallons, and I get to use this for four weeks, maybe two months," Burke said.

He gets wasted oil for free from Chinese restaurants. He then fills 24 gallons of the oil in his processor, takes out the water, adds a reactant and alcohol, and after a week he has enough to fill up his vehicle for two months.

"I really have not made more than about 250 gallons because this is more of a hobby and an experiment to me, and each time I make a batch, I try something different in the process," Burke said.

However, Burke is saving major money. The fuel he's making costs about 85-cents a gallon.

"I think if you factor in your time and the hassle, it's probably not worth it for most individuals. You have to think that this is fun," Burke said.

Burke wants to help save you money.

Many communities have started making their own biodiesel plants and Burke would like to do the same. He's suggests many people coming together to build a local facility.

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