Seattle Teacher Leads Crusade for Homemade Biodiesel

Bio-Lyle

“Do not try this at home.” That’s the warning carried with a great many things—but not so for Lyle Rudensey and his homemade biodiesel processor. The green-thinking Seattle resident uses a 15-gallon plastic water tank and an old electric water heater to brew the alternative fuel to keep his 2002 Volkswagen station wagon motoring. And now he’s showing others how to do it.

“Anybody could do it”, said the self-proclaimed biodiesel consultant, who is able to produce the fuel for a thrifty 50 cents per gallon in his garage. “It’s pretty easy to make, but it’s tricky to do it right every time.” Rudensey said the process yields 50-gallon batches in a matter of five or six days. His process requires discarded cooking oil from restaurants, as well as methanol and potassium hydroxide. “You’ve got to overcome your fears of doing a little chemistry,” he advised.

Nicknamed “BioLyle,” the 52-year old teaches others at a local community college on how to create their own home biodiesel systems. The class will allow Rudensey’s students to build a biodiesel processing system at a fraction of the cost of pre-manufactured processors. A former researcher with a degree in molecular biology, Rudensey believes that widespread se of biodiesel could have an enormously positive and lasting impact on the environment.


  • Mike

    “Rudensey believes that widespread use of biodiesel could have an enormously positive and lasting impact on the environment”

    , and the United States’ major oil addiction.

    Professor Rudensey, care to tech me the process?

  • Cameron

    Perhaps you guys haven’t read “Peak Cooking Oil Theory” by Dr. James Dooley. Check it out on Amazon. Great book. The guy outlines all the reasons why you guys are all completely insane

  • Tribyrd

    Design and tech. Great wish we could go solar also G.E.Fassauer

  • Brian

    I looked for, “Peak Cooking Oil Theory” on Amazon.com. It doesn’t exist.

  • Mike

    “Perhaps you guys haven’t read ‘Peak Cooking Oil Theory’ by Dr. James Dooley. Check it out on Amazon. Great book. The guy outlines all the reasons why you guys are all completely insane”

    BS…Did a google search, and nothing about “Peak Cooking Oil Theory” and “Dr. James Dooley” comes up

  • Cameron

    You guys seriously looked it up? LOL. Sorry I’ll try to be a little less tongue in cheek next time with my humor.

    The point is this: School teachers cooking up diesel in their garages won’t solve any problems.

  • Ken

    Actually, every little bit helps. If all school teachers cooked up biodiesel, that is a lot less petroleum being used, isn’t it? I know of a lot of people in the midwest that use this stuff in their diesel vehicles.

  • Mike

    Okay…I see you’re point. It might be just a hobby-ist’s thing to cook up diesel now, but if the process was made simpler, people might as well save that grease from, hell, Thanksgiving, and power their cars with it, rather than pitch it or dump it down the drain.

  • Al Weed

    One thing homemade diesel could lead to would be more cars with diesel engines. We are way behind Europe on this and it is a sin that only Jeep (owned by Mercedes) makes a diesel powered passenger vehicle. With gasoline at $3+ and rising, $.50 fuel is mighty attractive.

  • BY ED

    FOR SOME SVO OR BIODIESEL MAY NOT BE THE SOLUTION BUT EVERY LITTLE BIT WILL HELP – WE NEED MORE SMALL DISPLACEMENT DIESEL POWERED VEHICLES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE – ALSO HYBRID DIESEL OPTIONS – MORE R&D IS NEEDED IN THIS COUNTRY TO LOOK FOR WAYS OF CUTTING DOWN THE FOREIGN PETROLEUM DEPENDENCY – I RIDE MY MOTORCYCLE TO WORK EVERYDAY AND AVERAGE 40 MPG, SAVES ME FROM BURNING 300 GALLONS OF FUEL EVERY YEAR AND I KEEP IN MY WALLET $1,050.00 – TALKED TO MY WIFE INTO IT AND BOUGHT A HYBRID CAR – I WILL LOVE TO BUY A SMALL DIESEL PICK UP TRUCK THAT GETS 25 TO 30 MPG, UNFORTUNATELY OUR MARKET DOES NOT OFFER THEM – IF YOU DON’T NEED A BIG VEHICLE DON’T BUY IT – BIGGER DOES NOT ALWAYS MEANS BETTER – I WILL BE IN MY GARAGE PROCESING OIL TO RUN MY VEHICLE NO QUESTION ABOUT IT – IT IS A SHAME THAT OUR COUNTRY IS LOSING GROUND AND WE THE CITIZENS HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE THE WAY WE ARE – LETS GET BACK ON THE SADDLE AND SHOW WHAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF – IF WE WERE ABLE TO GET TO THE MOON DON’T YOU THINK THAT WE CAN HAVE A VEHICLE RUNNING WITHOUT PETROLEUM? -