posted on Jun, 28 2008 @ 05:31 PM
I thought I would post some info I have been researching regards using cooking oil as a fuel in diesel cars. Here in the UK diesel is 2x the cost of
cooking oil. This oil is bought straight from the supermarket and poured in to the car, with NO MODIFICATIONS.
This doesen't apply to all types of diesel engines. It works with older cars and not turbo or common rail diesels. I have seen this working on a
Mercedes Sprinter van and its quite amazing. The only difference is the smell of the fumes.
One downside is cooking oil thickens up when its cold so in countries like the UK the oil has to be warmed up before use, this I suspect would not be
a problem in some parts of the USA.
You can easily mix straight cooking oil with diesel and run you car on it, from what I've read people use a mixture anywhere between 70/30 oil/fuel
to 95/5 oil fuel.
Here are a few links
Detailed information for using cooking oil.
Database of cars running on cooking oil
Some old news on the use of oil as a fuel
The law has changed now, in the UK, so you can use cooking oil as a fuel and NOT pay tax
These guys sell kits
And finally a clip from Top Gear when they ran a Volvo on oil
I hope the information will be of use to someone, especially considering the current fuel situation.