Hi Jerome, welcome

>--- In biofuel@yahoogroups.com, Jerome Mathevet <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>I'm new to this group and would like to know if there's any french
>people over here who know if cooking your own fuel is legal. I ask that
>since you can't produce your own electricity in France (you have to sell
>it to the state company instead).
>Also, if any french has tips on where to buy cheap local
>chemicals/dessicants, I'd be glad to hear from them.
>Last thing, has anyone tried the foolproof method (by Aleks Kac) and
>replaced the methanol with ethanol ? What are the proportions relatively
>to the volume of oil/fat ?

One thing about both those items, neither the foolproof method nor 
ethanol is for newbies. In both cases it takes experience. It says at 
the top of the Foolproof page: "NOTE: The two-stage biodiesel 
processes are advanced methods, not for novices -- learn the basics 
thoroughly first. The single-stage base method is the place to start. 
Start here."

Here being here:
"Where do I start?"

There was a bit of discussion about this recently, please see these 
two previous posts:

Re: What went wrong?

Re: What went wrong?

Same thing with ethanol, only worse - see Lesson 1:

Ethyl esters -- making ethanol biodiesel

"Making ethyl-esters biodiesel using ethanol is a tricky process, not 
as simple as making methyl esters with methanol. But it can be done 

"Biofuels mailing list member Ken Provost, who has much experience 
making ethyl esters, sent us the following tips&tricks sheet.
"Ethanol-based Biodiesel
"1. Get plenty of experience making biodiesel with methanol before 
you try it with ethanol. Get comfortable titrating your oil for FFAs 
(free fatty acids); you'll need to do that when you use ethanol."

So, acid-base ethyl esters? Several of us are moving in that 
direction, including me, but I don't think anyone's done it yet. 
That's not only at the cutting-edge, it's beyond it. Attractive, yes, 
sure, but definitely not for newcomers.

Best wishes


>Jrme Mathevet
>--- End forwarded message ---

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