Distill Your Own Fuel, Ethanol to Alcohol!
Host: Nick & Don “We Grow Ours”
Can you make your own fuel – at home?
“Make Your Own Fuel! Alcohol Fuel Basics What if there were a fuel that was affordable, renewable, and produced right in your own community? If you’d lived 100 years ago, you would have known all about it. It was called alcohol, and it was clean-burning, generally sold as lamp fuel. Only recently have we taken a renewed look at alcohol — now more commonly known as ethanol — and its potential as a domestic source for transportation.
I’m not here to tell you about the agri-industrial agenda to produce ethanol on a massive scale. What I am going to tell you is how to make your own fuel to use in your vehicle or in other gas engines, such as a motorcycle, tiller, or lawn tractor. You can modify these gas engines to run on straight alcohol (more on engine modifications in “Run Your Car on Ethanol,” below). If it’s produced on a small-scale, ethanol can be made from grain you grow yourself — or from a wide range of other local and sustainable feedstocks including food waste and crop culls.
With a little specialized equipment and know-how, you can turn these materials into alcohol fuel, and it will cost less than you would pay at the pump for gasoline or commercially produced ethanol. You can produce your own ethanol for an ongoing cost of less than $2 per gallon.