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Where to Buy SVO/WVO Parts?

How to convert your vehicle

So where do we get our oil from if we aren’t farmers? 

Restaurants.  It’s no surprise that restaurants will go through a good deal of cooking oils if they are doing good business.  The highest quality restaurants will change their oil several times a week and that makes for a lot of waste vegetable oil.  This oil is usually put into a container where an oil collection company will come by periodically to dispose of it.  We’ve heard of companies making various products like make-up and biodiesel with the recycled oil, but we can’t be sure of what happens to it all.  In any case, some parts of our country have a great deal of waste vegetable oil that can be used for fuel.  So while we are travelling, we stop by restaurants and see if they wouldn’t mind donating some of their waste vegetable oil to us.

WVO Fueling Stations?

Once we find a restraurant with a good amount of good oil (see good for the bus, good for the body), we have to get into our tank.  What do you do when you’re running low on fuel?  Find a gas station, pay and pump.  The process is quick and easy.  Unfortunately for us, there is no full service WVO (Waste Vegetable Oil) fueling stations.  We are fortunate to have enough room inside our bus to carry our own portable fueling station.  It includes an electrical pump, a Rosedale filter, a fuel nozzle and hoses to get the oil from the grease bin, through the filter and pump and into the tank.  The process takes about 20-40 including set-up and breakdown time for pumping 55 gallons.

For most vehicles, 55 gallons goes a long way.  It would get most cars half way across the country!  For the bus though, that gets about 400 miles which means this process occurs frequently on long trips.  This also means that we go through a good amount of filters which are costly and wasteful.  The process can be made simpler and easier for drivers of WVO vehicles by having a filtering and pumping station set-up at each restaurant for quick and easy fuel-ups where costs can be minimized and facilities maximized.  A good example is the restaurant RICE in New York, NY.

Bus Basics

So can today’s engines still run on vegetable oil?  Yes, they can, but only after a few minor modifications and additions are made to the existing fuel system.  The process may sound intimidating, but because the engine was designed to run on vegetable oil, the modifications are simple.  You are really just adding another fuel system that you may switch back and forth from.  The additional fuel system consists of a new fuel tank, new fuel lines, a fuel filter and some accessories.  To learn more about how the bus was converted, click here.

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