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Ethanol

Sun Jul 17, 2005 3:35 pm

Does anyone make ethanol fuel from their crops or on their farm? I have been trying to produce some for my lawn tractor.

Sun Jul 17, 2005 8:19 pm

Make sure your lawn tracotr is intended to burn it. The diaphrams and gaskets on some of the carbs dodn't like alcohol. As a matter of fact mine specifically warns no to use it.

Sun Jul 17, 2005 8:26 pm

I ran 90% isopropyl rubbing alcohol through it. Ran perfectly. The tractor is from 85' and the carb is metal inside. Float boal carb. Just have to richen the carb a little bit.

Sun Jul 17, 2005 11:03 pm

On a slightly different note

My brother is looking into making bio diesal according to him you can get 750 gallons per acer with rape seed.

Billy

Mon Jul 18, 2005 5:50 am

Cowboy, I'd be interested in hearing how that goes...keep us posted.

Mon Jul 18, 2005 5:53 am

I read on one of the alternative fuel sites that diesal has no future as a fuel and that it will all be biodiesal.

Mon Jul 18, 2005 8:16 am

we make bio diesel at my school to use on the tractor. The natuaral resourse kids make it and then the ag mechanics kids use it :lol:

Tue Jul 19, 2005 8:36 am

That sounds interesting Scotty can you post some more details?

Tue Jul 19, 2005 10:07 pm

Check out this link.

Make Your Own Biodiesel

Wed Jul 20, 2005 6:42 am

kinelbor wrote:I ran 90% isopropyl rubbing alcohol through it. Ran perfectly. The tractor is from 85' and the carb is metal inside. Float boal carb. Just have to richen the carb a little bit.


When you blow it up let us know!

1. standard oil will not work with alcohol.(alcohol removes oil)
2. piston is special top is thicker to take extra heat.
3. To much muffler will cause blow by the rings & will score the cylinder wall.

Find some the guys in your area playing with the go carts running on
alcohol & they will fix you up.

Wed Jul 20, 2005 10:42 am

Alcohol burns cooler than gas and my lawn mower has a staight pipe. I will have to look into the oil problem, makes sense, but I have never read about somethin like that happening.

Wed Jul 20, 2005 10:50 am

Forgot to put this link in. Mentions nothing about oil compatability.
http://running_on_alcohol.tripod.com/id26.html

Sat Jul 23, 2005 10:12 am

n Was an article in the NY Times this week.. It stated that more energy goes into making Bio diesel than you get out of it. Basically they say the only way to gain with Bio diesel is to reuse cooking oil.. It was from a study by Cornell for NY State.

Bill
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