Posted: May 15, 2007 5:58 pm
A friend of mine converts cars with diesel engines to burn grease. Old jettas, new jeeps, work trucks, buses, old mercedes, even a tour van for a local band, you name it. Heck, he's working on converting a tractor for an organic farm. A conversion costs around $1000-1500. If you drive 10,000 miles per year and the vehicle get 20 mph, thats 500 gallons, or, assuming $3/gallon, you pay $1500 for gas each year. So, the conversion pays for itself in about year. Pretty sweet.
Most restaurants pay people to dispose of their grease, so they are happy to give away grease to individuals to put in cars, for free. I've always thoughts a van burning grease would be great for touring bands, since gas is one of the largest costs. Heck, it's great for anyone who doesn't mind getting a little grease on their hands every couple weeks. Plus, it pretty cool when your car's tailpipe smell like a chinese buffet.
Of course, you can still put regular diesel in the tank, or E85 or biodiesel.
If anyone is interested, I can give you contact info.