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Biodiesel Appleseed Reactor Plans

Biodiesel Appleseed Reactor Plans

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Getting Started
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The Appleseed Biodiesel Reactor 
by Maria "Mark" Alovert of Local B100Questions? Comments? Feedback?Click Here'open-source' plans for biodiesel homebrewing equipment, using off-the-shelf parts and a water heater:Above:an old water heater tank can be adapted to make a safe and inexpensive biodiesel homebrewingapparatus. An HDPE carboy (white jug in photo) or other tank can become a passive small-scalemethanol-catalyst mixer, and an inexpensive centrifugal pump (blue motor in photo) from Harbor Freight tools mixes the two liquids to enable the biodiesel reaction to take place. After a day of settling, the glycerol byproduct can be drained out fairly well- the tanks have a wine-bottle-bottom
 
profile, with a drain at the 'pointed' edge, so separation of two liquids can be reasonably clean.The processor costs about $150 in plumbing and electrical, and about a day or less of work. Thetank can be an ancient lime-crusted one scavenged from a dump, or can be bought new for about$200 more.After draining off glycerol, the same mixing pump can transfer the biodiesel to a 'wash tank' for awater wash to remove methanol and water-soluble impurities. There's an extremely simple'standpipe' design which requires no welding, which makes a nice minimal tank, theSean Parks'Standpipe Wash Tank. The standpipe wash tank costs about $30 in plumbing to build. Peoplehave built variations which include heating, ways to use plastic barrels, and build-in mistwashheads (which only works for smaller batches).This system has developed a huge following in the biodiesel community, and there are hundredsof homebrewers who have built or built and modified theirs.below:Sean Parks' Standpipe Wash Tank 
Plans for building the Appleseed:
there are many possible plumbing variations. Here's the bare-bones original and a parts list, andseveral variations. Please note that until recently I had an outdated diagram here which you may
 
still find references to on the Web. It's now corrected and so is the parts list: 
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