Archive for the ‘Vegetable Oil’ Category



September 9, 2007

As mentioned before, Steve Sikes will be organizing the Freeschool classes at the new location.  Here’s a message from Steve…

Freeschool/Skillshare Project: coming soon to an Inertia near you.

The Good News: Freeschool is coming back.
The Bad News: We need something from you.

What we need is feedback. Looking back over the last year or so we have what we see as it’s successes and we have other things we see as failures.  But with the change in venue and such, we’re looking to make Freeschools better as well.  Help us out w/ some feedback if you would:

1) What do you think about Freeschools being centered more around issues that will help folks better their lives?  (think: less classes on papermaking and animal rights issues and more classes on resume-writing or how to get a better job, time-management, etc…)

2) What do you think about a skillshare program where folks sign up for projects they want to do in the community or even in their own apartments/houses?  (ie:  would you help a TOTAL STRANGER paint their living room or start a garden on a Saturday afternoon just ’cause they needed some help?)

3) The best one:  What classes would YOU like to see taught at a Freeschool.  Feel free to list as many as you like… suggestions are always welcome, and in this case… NEEDED!


You can email Steve at, or respond to these questions here as a comment.

Also an aside… We are officially closed now at the Heartworks location. Things are moving right along with the building. I could see us being open for business as early as September 12th. We’d still be putting up a sign and painting and plenty of whatnot, but our initial goal of having records and books available to the public should be met.   You’ll hear the official word on our ‘lite’ opening on this site.  So check back.


Something to read over the weekend, and more. 1,2,3..4

May 25, 2007

Well firstly, remember to swing by Bizarre Market on Saturday at Inertia. 3-8pm!!

Secondly, visit for your typically insanely helpful ‘weekend roundup’ post.

Thirdly read about why corn is ‘the worst thing ever’ here.

omnivoresdilema.gifThat above link makes reference to a this by Pollan, called The Omnivore’s Dilemma. So fourthly, start reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma! As an added bonus – finish by July 12th, come to Panera in San Marco at 6:30pm to talk to the Green Team Project’s folks about this incredible book. Contact them at

Have a rad extra day off!



May 21, 2007

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Animal fat skids the left and right a bit closer?

May 21, 2007

bio.jpgAnimal fat could very well be the spark to ignite biofuel into a monetarily sustainable, ie – interestingly enriching for $ome, endeavor.   So you vegetarians and vegans can start figuring out where you’d like to fall in this madness.

“Today, only a tiny fraction of U.S. biodiesel is made from chicken fat, but that seems likely to change. The rising cost of soybean oil – which accounts for roughly 90 percent of all biodiesel fuel stock – is pushing the industry to exploit cheap and plentiful animal fats.”

Keywords – exploit, cheap, industry, plentiful. Read all about it here.

This certainly reverberates with Alexis Zeigler’s article that in-part discusses our history of essentially using what easiest to get, not what’s smartest to use. As well as his query as to why both the politically right and left are embracing biodiesel.

This blog certainly posts a lot of good info and biofuels.

And here is an interesting page on what corn is used for in this country.


Tonight! May 15th

May 15, 2007

Teaching and Traveling Abroad


Composting Freeschool!

April 30, 2007



Interview with Jacob Hamilton

February 26, 2007

jacob.jpgI’ve known St. Augustine resident Jacob Hamilton for about six years now.  Mostly through bands like The South, In Danger of Dead, and more recently through very actively touring bands Environmental Youth Crunch,  Tubers, and  Solid Pony.  And why it’s fairly obvious Jacob is quite a busy guy with all this music stuff (he also surfs alot and recently graduated college) he still finds the time and energy for renewable energy.  Which is what most of this interview is about.

1. Introduce yourself. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Jacob Hamilton.  I live in St. Augustine, FL. I’m 23 years old.  Adopted. Male. In a relationship.

2. You have a truck that’s runs on vegetable oil.  Briefly explain how that works. 

I have a diesel truck that runs off vegetable oil.  In fact any diesel engine has the capability to do it.  What I do is simply filter used vegetable oil that I get from veg.jpgrestaurants, and then mix it with 10% kerosene and 5% gasoline.  I also add about 10 ounces of diesel fuel conditioner per each fill.  When kerosene and gasoline are combined with the veggie oil they create a solvent which thins the viscosity of the oil – very close to the viscosity of diesel.  I don’t recommend this mixture for below freezing temperatures, but you can mix diesel with this fuel at any ratio at any time.
(the chart to the left shows the mixing ratios)

 3. What are some of the benefits of this? The drawbacks? 

The benefits are that I pay between 40 and 50 cents per gallon for fuel.  Veggie oil is a renewable resource.  Burning veggie oil is carbon neutral (also referred to as a Carbon offset). The oil that I get has been used already, so it is then recycled.  I don’t have to pay the road tax implemented in fuel prices.  Running on veggie oil will preserve the life of my engine because it is a better lubricator than diesel.  And I’m not supporting a war that I don’t believe in.

4. How did you hear about this? 

Our friend [Dave Rosenstraus] in Allentown PA told us about it…..He now converts engines and owns Fossil Free Fuel.
veg2.jpg5. Are there a community of people doing this? 

There are pockets of people throughout the entire US that are beginning to run vehicles on veggie oil.  They are sharing techniques, making public presentations and doing their part to preserve the world for future generations.

6. How feasible is it for your average car owner to make this switch? What problems, if any, could you envision?

The only major draw backs is that it takes some time and you can get a little messy.  There can be some hiccups that may happen along the way, but before I began doing this I knew nothing about engines. Those hiccups that I’ve experienced have taught me the most and made this whole process a great learning experience.

7. There is alot of talk about ethanol as the new renewable/cleaner resource, with alot of government interests. What’s your take on this?

I actually don’t know a lot about ethanol, however – there are lots of opportunities and options available.  The oil companies love to keep even archaic technology under the rug. Rudolph Diesel invented the diesel engine to run on vegetable oil in the early 1900’s. This has been available for an entire century.

8. Anything else you’d like to add?

I recommend everybody to try this,  or at least spend some time researching it.  Due to my experience,  I will never again own a gasoline engine.  And if veggie oil isn’t a good enough reason, then the simple fact that diesel engines get better gas mileage and last twice as long could make the difference. 

Have fun with it.