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Old 10-26-2009, 04:40 PM
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How to get a 55 gallon drum of bioD home?

I have been struggling with this for about 2 weeks now and post here hoping some of the inventive minds on this forum can help.

I buy my Biodiesel at a local processor in bulk monthly. I have been filling up 5-gal jerry cans (7 of them) then transfering to the cars as needed, but that is getting really old. I can buy two 55-gallon drums for $25 each, and I have a diesel fuel transfer pump.

What I want to do is leave one drum in my shed and fuel from it. When I make a fuel run, I want to put the other drum in the back of my wagon (horizontally), drive to the fueling station and let them fill my drum in place in the back of the wagon, then drive home and pump the fuel into the upright drum in my shed.

The problem is the return trip home - not going to want 400 pound of biodiesel rolling around in the back - but all the cradles I have seen are pretty expensive as are horizontal leg tanks that would roll less.

I have been considering builind a frame thatI could tether the tank into - I think I could build one for about $70 using threaded rods and thick perforated aluminum beams.

But, I am hoping someone has some helpful thoughts on this that hadn't occurred to me......
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What's wrong with a few 2X4's? If it is supported on the floor, all you need is to keep it from rolling . . .

also get some heavy plastic, or a tarp to put under it . . .
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Erm, is that the going rate for B100? holy crap, batman.

We have a local refiner here, gonna call first thing tomorrow to see what their rate is.
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Old 10-26-2009, 05:05 PM
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@ stimpy - going rate is $2.15/gal.

$25 for the empty drum.

@Shawn - you mean just 2 long boards on either side, right? You are right, all I need is to keep it from rolling - also thought about some wheel chocks.

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Erm, is that the going rate for B100? holy crap, batman.

We have a local refiner here, gonna call first thing tomorrow to see what their rate is.
I think the only prices he quoted are for the drums themselves (empty) and the materials to make a metal frame for it.

I second the suggestion of just building something simple out of 2x4's.
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Wheel chocks would work well, or possibly find a couple of the shorty barrels. Like a 55gallon drum barrel cut in half with the top put back on. That would fit in the wagon standing up.
If you did wheel chocks, I'd also use some cabling/rope tied to the sides to prevent flipping over on fast turns and big bumps.
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@ stimpy - going rate is $2.15/gal.

$25 for the empty drum.

@Shawn - you mean just 2 long boards on either side, right? You are right, all I need is to keep it from rolling - also thought about some wheel chocks.

Thanks!
I was actually thinking of making a brace for each side, kinda like a really big wheel chock, you could use a web ratchet strap to hold them onto the drum . . . remember you still need a "clean" way to get it out, not sure of your location, but a valve in a bung at the bottom and some hose might do the trick if you could park higher than your other tank . . .
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what about this; lay down a ratchet strap under a barrel sized piece of plywood, then lay the barrel on the plywood, then strap the barrel to the plywood. I dont know if that would work or not, seems plausible. I love ratchet straps.
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I would also weld a bung onto the side of the barrel that you can fill and pump out of.

I would just make a 2x4 or 4x4 rectangular frame that the barrel sits in.
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your buddies pick-up truck
yeah a full size diesel pick such as Cummins 2500. if ever do bio ill borrow my brothers cummins and load it up. that truck can pull like 12000lbs
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I have used a 2X4 under the drum, with "stops" screwed to it, so on does not back out on you. One set front and one set back.
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Zeke,
If you have a friend who is a boiler operator in your area, they many times have access to boiler feedwater chemical drums which come in 35 gal size. Kinda a mini 55 gal, just smaller and much more managable. Two of those might suit you better.
Just a thought.
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Maybe get a couple of 2X12's and use a jig saw to cut out the profile of the barrel. Nail two together for each end (would need four total). Would the weight of all that bio push the load limits of the sls?
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Old 10-26-2009, 07:01 PM
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yeah a full size diesel pick such as Cummins 2500. if ever do bio ill borrow my brothers cummins and load it up. that truck can pull like 12000lbs
Find someone with a Dodge 2500 Cummins that wants to do some biodiesel blending.....then use totes. Split one big tote (350 gallons) with him.

If I were nearby, I could work out a deal with you.

Yes, I own a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins.....long bed.
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