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    Hi there, I know that several of you guys use Methanol to make Biodiesel.... I was just wondering where you sourced said methanol from!! The little old man in my local model shop swears blind that he cannot sell methanol as it is too flammable( ), so I can't even get any for testing, let alone full scale production! Being in the **** end of nowhere a supplier who could deliver by courier would be best.

    Also, what is the longevity of Biodiesel manufactured in this manner? I will probably produce 20-40 litres a week for 'normal' use, but it would be handy to be able to fill up a jerrycan or five so I could take long trips without having to wait and make up the fuel first!

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    Well I bought 20ltrs of the stuff from a company called 'Basic Chemicals' and they're based in High Wycombe. I enquired about regulations and they said they can sell it on the basis of it being an industrial cleaner.

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    I know this is pointless but we use about 1000 litres or so every year. Shame I'm in Canada . A word of warning though, if you ever ignite it be careful as methanol burns with a clear flame.
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    And don't ingest ANY, it's very bad for the liver .

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    go to a camping or fishing shop. They all sell it as Trangia stoves run of it. We have a shop called BIRDS that do it but abit far from you.

    A country hard wear store should do it as well.


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    I asked someone who works at our university and they put me in touch with their supplier.

    There must be a local uni you could ask or some lab technician at the uni?
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    Try Propanol its similar. Model shop can supply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tractorboy16
    go to a camping or fishing shop. They all sell it as Trangia stoves run of it. We have a shop called BIRDS that do it but abit far from you.

    A country hard wear store should do it as well.


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    Is that not methylated spirits? NOT the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline
    Try Propanol its similar. Model shop can supply.

    Kev

    I wouldn't bother - it is too long a molecule and doesn't work.

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    read link well tried to lol.........washing ???? got me confused
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    Washing is optional - it removes soap, any small amounts of suspended glycerol and any methanol.

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    is making bio-diesel in the home(or garage) legal in UK????
    former disco mk1 200tdi owner
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    but still like landys
    i want another disco

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    I believe it's perfectly legal to make it....it's when you put it in your tank without telling customs and excise, that's when the problems begin!

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    Mike is Correct.
    Its Legal to make.
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