My name is Jonathan. Ive been scouring several forums while researching diesel to VO conversion. I am in a band and its becoming financially very difficult for us to tour with gas prices the way they are. It's been extremely frustrating for us as this is what we want to do with our lives.. and is actually all we are doing. I never thought that vegetable oil could potentially change our lives, haha. I know that probably sounds kind of corny / melodramatic, but we're really excited at the prospect of cheaper fuel. Of course there are some obstacles for a band touring for up to a month on end.
First, we are looking at getting a shuttle bus and turning it into something similar to an RV (no need for hotels). If we can cut down on $$$ spent on fuel, we'll be able to share our music so much better!!
All we'd have left as a major expense is food.
Back on topic... you seem to be an expert in this field and I was thinking of getting a kit from frybrid.com
. Do you think they are the best group to go with? They seemed convinced of it (after looking at their chart comparison to other companies). I also saw your page on creating a filter / dewatering system. If we can convert 100 gallons a day, we could EASILY tour and just filter it on the road. I don't know if dewatering takes longer though or what. Also, I've seen that a lot of people have one restaurant they collect from in their area that they then store at their house (and filter there). For us, the source would be constantly changing, and thus the "quality" of WVO would change. I am unsure if this will affect engine life. We would like to get.. at least 100,000 miles out of it.
Anyway, I would really like to know what your thoughts are on our situation. We currently are using a 2005 Silverado Crew Cab for our band. It tows great but we reaaally rack up $$ on gas. If we tour heavily, its about $8,000 a year in gas.