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Paperback – 256 pages
5.5 Inches × 8.5 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 369 Grams
BISAC: HOUSE & HOME / Sustainable Living
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865717855
Pub. Date: 2015-04-01

About the Authors

Lyle Estill

Lyle Estill is the president and co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels, a community-scale biodiesel project in Pittsboro, North Carolina. He has been on the vanguard of social change for the past decade, which has placed him at the heart of the sustainability movement. Lyle is a prolific speaker and writer, and the author of Industrial Evolution, Small is Possible and Small Stories, Big Changes. He has won numerous awards for his commitment to resilience, community development, outreach, and leadership.

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Bob Armantrout

Bob Armantrout helped manage four commercial biodiesel plants in Hawai'i, Colorado, and Texas before moving to Pittsboro, North Carolina in 2007 to join Piedmont Biofuels. He was an instructor at Central Carolina Community College, where he designed and delivered an innovative two-year biofuels degree program. When he is not immersed in the fascinating world of alternative fuels, Bob gardens organically to maintain his sanity, and explores the world of mycelium through mushroom and tempeh production.

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Backyard Biodiesel

How to Brew Your Own Fuel

by Lyle Estill & Bob Armantrout



Small-scale home biodiesel production holds a singular attraction for the do-it-yourself enthusiast. While perhaps it can't save the world, this unique renewable fuel is economical, fun to make, better for the environment, and will help you reduce your dependence on Big Oil. And getting started is easier than you think.

Backyard Biodiesel is written by two recognized experts in the field of small-scale biofuels. This comprehensive hands-on, practical, DIY guide includes:

  • The basics of small-scale brewing – recipes, strategies, and technologies
  • Advanced backyard analytics and troubleshooting
  • Safety considerations and regulatory issues
  • Topping up the tank – how to put your biodiesel to work for you.

Making your own fuel is not only possible, it is rewarding. Designed to be accessible to everyone from readers with no prior technical expertise to alternative energy buffs, Backyard Biodiesel is a must-read for any aspiring brewer, packed with everything you need to get up and running quickly and safely.

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