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Old April 4th 07, 12:55 AM posted to aus.bicycle
suzyj[_7_]
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Hi guys,

I used to use kerosene to clean my chains, but it became shockingly
expensive (nobody had it at the bowser anymore) so I changed to
petrodiesel, which has been pretty good for getting gunk off chains.

Last night I filled the car up with biodiesel, and I started to wonder
if it's any good for cleaning chains. From what I've read on the web,
it's a better solvent than petrodiesel (in as much as it removes
deposits from your fuel system so they can gum up filters and
injectors), and it's certainly safer to store than petrodiesel, having
a higher flash-point.

I wonder if it might be less of a skin irritant, too...

So has anyone tried it? I'm kicking myself now for not tsaking a fuel
container with me last night when I filled the car...


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Old April 4th 07, 01:00 AM posted to aus.bicycle
gplama[_57_]
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suzyj Wrote:

So has anyone tried it? I'm kicking myself now for not tsaking a fuel
container with me last night when I filled the car...


Nope, but get a loooong straw and siphon some back out!


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Old April 4th 07, 03:59 AM posted to aus.bicycle
John Henderson
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suzyj wrote:

Last night I filled the car up with biodiesel, and I started
to wonder if it's any good for cleaning chains. From what
I've read on the web, it's a better solvent than petrodiesel
(in as much as it removes deposits from your fuel system so
they can gum up filters and injectors), and it's certainly
safer to store than petrodiesel, having a higher flash-point.


I agree about biodiesel's superior solvent properties. Carry a
spare fuel filter if you switch to it in a high-milage Diesel.

I wonder if it might be less of a skin irritant, too...


I believe it is. There are (unconfirmed) reports of people
drinking the stuff to prove a point.

So has anyone tried it? I'm kicking myself now for not
tsaking a fuel container with me last night when I filled the
car...


I still use turps for chain cleaning, so I can't comment on that
aspect.

The thing I want to know is where you managed to find biodiesel
on sale (unless from SAFF in Adelaide).

John
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Old April 4th 07, 06:19 AM posted to aus.bicycle
suzyj[_8_]
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John Henderson wrote:

The thing I want to know is where you managed to
find biodiesel on sale (unless from SAFF in Adelaide).


Volume Petroleum, in Forestville (Sydney). Tho it's only B70,
according to the guy at the counter.

Rumour has it that the biodiesel station in Marrickville will soon be
reopening.

Chers,

Suzy


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Old April 4th 07, 07:21 AM posted to aus.bicycle
John Henderson
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suzyj wrote:

Volume Petroleum, in Forestville (Sydney). Tho it's only B70,
according to the guy at the counter.

Rumour has it that the biodiesel station in Marrickville will
soon be reopening.


Thanks. I was aware of that closure. Good to see it reopening.

John
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Old April 4th 07, 07:15 AM posted to aus.bicycle
Rory Williams[_5_]
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John Henderson Wrote:

The thing I want to know is where you managed to find biodiesel
on sale (unless from SAFF in Adelaide).

John

Looking at the Australian biodiesel site the only place in Victoria is
in Laverton. I think we actually use them as recyclers for our used
food oils out of our research plant.

One of my research staff comes from Bendigo and her Family is still
farming up there. Apparently a group of Farmers up there have set up a
plant to produce their own biodiesel from crops (I presume canola) they
are growing.

RoryW


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Old April 4th 07, 07:37 AM posted to aus.bicycle
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Rory Williams wrote:

Looking at the Australian biodiesel site the only place in
Victoria is in Laverton. I think we actually use them as
recyclers for our used food oils out of our research plant.


Thanks. I was aware of a site at Boronia, Vic, listed on
http://www.grownfuel.com/buybiodiesel/index.html

One of my research staff comes from Bendigo and her Family is
still farming up there. Apparently a group of Farmers up
there have set up a plant to produce their own biodiesel from
crops (I presume canola) they are growing.


If only I could buy it here in Canberra. I need a large vehicle
to take my son's wheelchair, and don't like imposing more
greenhouse load than I need to.

John
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Old April 4th 07, 07:52 AM posted to aus.bicycle
Rory Williams[_6_]
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John Henderson Wrote: [color=blue]
Thanks. I was aware of a site at Boronia, Vic, listed on
http://www.grownfuel.com/buybiodiesel/index.html


John


Thanks for that contact. Unfortunately not on my side of town but I'm
occasionally over that way. I have a diesel vehicle which I am trying
not to use too much for one reason and another. The bio-option might
reduce the strain on the conscience.

RoryW


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Old April 10th 07, 03:04 AM posted to aus.bicycle
Theo Bekkers
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John Henderson wrote:

If only I could buy it here in Canberra. I need a large vehicle
to take my son's wheelchair, and don't like imposing more
greenhouse load than I need to.


Don't feel guilty John. It appears that cars do very little poluting anyway.
According to the "Earth Hour" blather, everybody in Australia turning off
their lights for 'just one hour' is a saving in greenhouse gases equivalent
to taking 75,000 cars of the road for a year. According to my calculator
that means that turning off the lights for a week a year would be equivalent
to taking all the cars in Oz off the roads. This suggests that all the cars
make less than a 2% contribution to the greenhouse gases problem.

Or maybe it was just all bull**** propaganda....

We do acknowledge that more than 70% of our greenhouse emissions come from
coal-fired power generation.

Theo


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Old April 4th 07, 08:03 AM posted to aus.bicycle
Bleve
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On Apr 4, 4:15 pm, Rory Williams Rory.Williams.2oi...@no-
mx.forums.cyclingforums.com wrote:
John Henderson Wrote:

The thing I want to know is where you managed to find biodiesel
on sale (unless from SAFF in Adelaide).


John


Looking at the Australian biodiesel site the only place in Victoria is
in Laverton. I think we actually use them as recyclers for our used
food oils out of our research plant.

One of my research staff comes from Bendigo and her Family is still
farming up there. Apparently a group of Farmers up there have set up a
plant to produce their own biodiesel from crops (I presume canola) they
are growing.


There's a biofuel servo out near ferntree gully, I think on Scorseby
Rd?


 




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