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Old 09-08-2005, 12:29 PM
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Veggie Oil Helped Me through Katrina

Thanks for all of the info on this site about veggie oil.

We have had fuel lines here that average a 3 hour wait since the day after Katrina hit. I got in touch with medmech by cellphone and he researched the veggie oil option for me here and I have not had to wait in one fuel line. Also, the oil I found was .$75 cheaper per gallon than diesel.

Things are getting closer to normal today, so I probably only burned 1/2 tank, but I was very popular--not having to worry about fuel and zipping around making deliveries and running errands for stranded friends.

Thanks for all of the info!!!!
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Old 09-08-2005, 12:33 PM
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Glad you are safe. We were all worried about you.

Is it true your exhaust smells like french fries?
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Old 09-08-2005, 12:35 PM
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Dumb question here but.....is it really getting better? The media says it is and the water is receding it appears but I just wondered from your perspective if it really is getting better down there.

We're all thinking of you and you're in our prayers....

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Old 09-08-2005, 12:35 PM
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Thanks for the concern. We made it--some we knew didn't.

The exhaust smells funny, but not like french fries . I probably had 75:25 Veggie to diesel and I added about 1/2 quart of motor oil.
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Old 09-08-2005, 12:38 PM
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Dumb question here but.....is it really getting better? The media says it is and the water is receding it appears but I just wondered from your perspective if it really is getting better down there.

We're all thinking of you and you're in our prayers....

Cheers,

Bill
It is really getting better. New Orleans is getting pumped out and the problem now is with sewerage, dead bodies, ect....leading to disease. If they don't get the natural gas cut off, the whole city will burn--it is burning like hell right now.

In Mississippi, things are going pretty well because the victims were wealthier, able to leave, have money to stay away, ect....

No doubt about it though--everyone is walking around in a daze. It is just surreal.
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Old 09-08-2005, 12:48 PM
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No doubt about it though--everyone is walking around in a daze. It is just surreal.
I know all about shock....I watched my minimally insured business of 30 years burn to the ground right before my eyes a couple weeks ago and was walking around dazed and confused for about a week. I can't imagine going through what you all have been through. The smell alone has got to be horrific.

Glad to hear of progress being made and hope you all come back from this disaster very soon, although i do realize it'll take years to fully recover.

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Old 09-08-2005, 01:01 PM
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Thanks for all of the info on this site about veggie oil.

We have had fuel lines here that average a 3 hour wait since the day after Katrina hit. I got in touch with medmech by cellphone and he researched the veggie oil option for me here and I have not had to wait in one fuel line. Also, the oil I found was .$75 cheaper per gallon than diesel.

Things are getting closer to normal today, so I probably only burned 1/2 tank, but I was very popular--not having to worry about fuel and zipping around making deliveries and running errands for stranded friends.

Thanks for all of the info!!!!
I brought the Isuzu diesel out of the garage to aid a friend who did not have the forsight to fuel his Z71 4x4. The zuzu didn't have but 1/2 tank so we topped of with some Kroger Vegi -the looks on peoples faces was priceless when we topped off in the parking lot.
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Old 09-08-2005, 02:07 PM
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It is really getting better. New Orleans is getting pumped out and the problem now is with sewerage, dead bodies, ect....leading to disease. If they don't get the natural gas cut off, the whole city will burn--it is burning like hell right now.

In Mississippi, things are going pretty well because the victims were wealthier, able to leave, have money to stay away, ect....

No doubt about it though--everyone is walking around in a daze. It is just surreal.
It's good to hear you are OK. I have many music friends there and and have heard alot of moving stories.

I produce a music festival twice a year at my ranch in north Texas. We have decided that the proceeds of the festival this fall will benefit the American Red Cross.
I hope to see a few MBs there.

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Old 09-08-2005, 02:44 PM
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Why does everyone care about what the exhaust smells like? Not trying to be rediculous but unless I am planning to commit suicide with the exhaust, I am barely able to smell whether it is diesel or gas when I pull up the car into my garage and then close the door and get out of the car. Even if it does smell like lilacs, the exhaust pipe is pointing out the rear and I won't be able to smell it while driving unless I pipe it into the cabin. So once again, what is the difference what it smells like? I'd rather be smelling gas exhaust than diesel if I had to choose but personally, I would rather not smell either. Until I hear people talk about it, I have never given a thought to what the exhaust smells like since I am not sniffing it for the most part.
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Old 09-08-2005, 02:50 PM
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Is it true your exhaust smells like french fries?
It doesn't take much (<20% WVO) to make the exhaust different. I always think mine smells like a hot skillet

Nar- glad you're OK. Let us know if you need anything.
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Old 09-08-2005, 04:22 PM
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Why does everyone care about what the exhaust smells like? Not trying to be rediculous but unless I am planning to commit suicide with the exhaust, I am barely able to smell whether it is diesel or gas when I pull up the car into my garage and then close the door and get out of the car. Even if it does smell like lilacs, the exhaust pipe is pointing out the rear and I won't be able to smell it while driving unless I pipe it into the cabin. So once again, what is the difference what it smells like? I'd rather be smelling gas exhaust than diesel if I had to choose but personally, I would rather not smell either. Until I hear people talk about it, I have never given a thought to what the exhaust smells like since I am not sniffing it for the most part.
I know when I start my 300D in the mornin, and I smell the veggie oil it smells pleasing because I get a solid reminder that I am not paying $299.9 a gallon for diesel, and that I am not polluting the air, and the dpeleting the earths natural oil reserves as much as if I was burning diesel or petro....
As far as what it smells like, I'm a vegetarian, so as long as it's not fried meat, I am even happier to smell the soybean oil.

and btw Narwahl glad to hear you're still truckin'....
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Old 09-08-2005, 06:29 PM
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Old 09-08-2005, 10:09 PM
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I know when I start my 300D in the mornin, and I smell the veggie oil it smells pleasing because I get a solid reminder that I am not paying $299.9 a gallon for diesel, and that I am not polluting the air, and the dpeleting the earths natural oil reserves as much as if I was burning diesel or petro....
As far as what it smells like, I'm a vegetarian, so as long as it's not fried meat, I am even happier to smell the soybean oil.

and btw Narwahl glad to hear you're still truckin'....
Fine. I'll sell you diesel at $99 a gal, delivered then.

I suppose it is more of a "zen" sorta thing that I probably won't ever get into because I probably won't ever understand it. I am also on truck and Corvette boards and if you go to the exhaust related posts, you will read of people wanting to change the exhaust for the sound. Another thing I will never understand. I can see spending money on a set of mufflers that free up power but not for sound.

I go to the garage, open the garage door, get into the car, **** the door, glow it, fasten the seat belt while waiting, set the seat to myself if the wife drove it last and crank it. Drop it into gear, drive it out and close the garage door once my front clears the door and drive on my merry way. The only reason I know I am driving a diesel is that I glow it. I never remember to smell the exhaust to see what it smells like. The only time I remember smelling the exhaust was when I was trying to see if biodiesel made it run rich or not but even that, the only thing I knew was the smell of diesel
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Fine. I'll sell you diesel at $99 a gal, delivered then.

I suppose it is more of a "zen" sorta thing that I probably won't ever get into because I probably won't ever understand it. I am also on truck and Corvette boards and if you go to the exhaust related posts, you will read of people wanting to change the exhaust for the sound. Another thing I will never understand. I can see spending money on a set of mufflers that free up power but not for sound.

I go to the garage, open the garage door, get into the car, **** the door, glow it, fasten the seat belt while waiting, set the seat to myself if the wife drove it last and crank it. Drop it into gear, drive it out and close the garage door once my front clears the door and drive on my merry way. The only reason I know I am driving a diesel is that I glow it. I never remember to smell the exhaust to see what it smells like. The only time I remember smelling the exhaust was when I was trying to see if biodiesel made it run rich or not but even that, the only thing I knew was the smell of diesel
I don't get it here..Why do you think I would buy diesel at $99 a gallon...???
I wouldn't but it at .99 a gallon. I run on WVO that's FREE...(I do add RUG in 1:4 ratio..)
And what's there to not get about it??? It saves money. Good for the environment, and smells good as a byproduct...which is always there to remind you of the 1st 2 points. It's not a zen thing...it's like having a really good beer....once you do, you can't drink Budweisers....
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I don't get it here..Why do you think I would buy diesel at $99 a gallon...???
I wouldn't but it at .99 a gallon. I run on WVO that's FREE...(I do add RUG in 1:4 ratio..)
And what's there to not get about it??? It saves money. Good for the environment, and smells good as a byproduct...which is always there to remind you of the 1st 2 points. It's not a zen thing...it's like having a really good beer....once you do, you can't drink Budweisers....
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WVO is free for now. Free until you consider all the labor and all that involved. I would have to set up a place so I could put a drum and not be an eyesore. I would have to collect the stuff, filter it, etc, etc. Would have to do work for it. So, when I figure out how much it costs, I add all the incidentals involved which includes the inconvenience in the winter and really hot days in the summer. When I figure out how much my car or cars cost me, I figure it out as though I brought it into a shop. IOW, if I took 1 hr to rotate tires, it is logged as 1 hr @ shop rate in my ledger. At the end of the year, I add it all up and figure out how much the car costs me to run. Doing WVO, I would figure it as though I paid someone else to do the job. That way I could see if I was having a free product or whether I was subsidizing it with my labor.

Like I said, I don't see how you actually smell the exhaust since unless I go to the tailpipe, I have never really given any thought to it when I am driving the car. I know diesel exhaust smell but if I go out normally, I never seem to notice it. I agree it saves you money. The only drawback is you have to be willing to dedicate the time to it be it 100 deg or 30 below outside. And since I add up my time in it, and my time to kick back and relax is worth quite a bit to me, I am less willing to say it is really free.

I'd rather have EISWEIN. That stuff is not cheap but it is Ohhhh Sooooo Gooooood if you like sweet wines. BTW, just because I have a good spouse, doesn't mean I wouldn't appreciate a hot slut once in a while.

I do question if it is really better for the environment if you base it off the mileage since IIRC, you have to use more WVO to go the same distance as regular diesel. Would you be burning more oil and dumping more pollutants if the distance were the same? Just curious. Don't remember if anyone ever checked it that way.
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