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Bio Diesel boiler / Burner?

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Robert O'Brien
Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,541
with Buderus,I don't think you'll like the answer

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  • aaron_4
    aaron_4 Member Posts: 42
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    Bio Diesel boiler / Burner / Buderus?

    I have a customer who wants me to install a Bio Diesel boiler (Buderus) in her house with BB. She has FHA system now and wants me to rip it out. What are some things to know and look out for? I have never done a Bio Diesel system before. I have done oil systems. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks to all on the Wall.
  • Robert O'Brien
    Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,541
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    B-100?

    You will need a compatible fuel pump,Webster makes one for American burners,Riello has one but I don't think it is available in US yet. Homemade Bio or commercially produced?

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  • The Wire Nut
    The Wire Nut Member Posts: 420
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    A couple of things to consider

    Like Robert, I wonder what kind of Biodiesel is to be used... B100, B20, B5, etc. homemade or commercial, etc. The current crop of Suntec pumps is allegedly good for up to B20 (20% Biodiesel, 80% refined dinosaur juice).

    Next, where will the fuel be stored? I'd confirm that gelling will not be an issue or move the storage into the conditioned space.

    I have heard of scenarios where pure biofuels were whipped into a foamed frenzy. I've never encountered it on my own system (Tigerloop) but I also only use B5.

    I'm running B5 on a Vitoflame/Vitola w/o any negative issues. IMO, there are a lot of positives, such as much less sulfur in the boiler / flue, much less soot, etc.

    In closing, good luck and I would re-post this question over at oiltechtalk.com
    "Let me control you"

    Lost in SOHO NYC and Balmy Whites Valley PA
  • Big Bob_2
    Big Bob_2 Member Posts: 24
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    Beckett told me that their pumps built after January are rated to pump 20% bio fuel.
  • [Deleted User]
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    Might I suggest

    you contact Buderus & ask about their warranty policy when bio is burned in their product?

  • PJO_5
    PJO_5 Member Posts: 199
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    Beckett AFG w/ B20

    Have had this set-up for two seasons now....works just fine. The only difference is that the tech said the annual cleaning was noticeably easier in certain areas.

    I replaced the Suntec pump two years ago...a few months before I started to use B20.

    Hope this helps. Take care, PJO
  • [Deleted User]
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    Might I suggest

    you contact Buderus about their warranty policy when bio is burned in their equipment.
  • Joe@buderus_2
    Joe@buderus_2 Member Posts: 302
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    Bio fuel

    At this time, Bio fuel is not suggested due to the differences in quality/quantity/ manufactures, etc... We do not think there will be an issue. It is currently be considered and reviewed by us.
  • Seattle Nick
    Seattle Nick Member Posts: 64
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    You might talk to Dr. Dan and see what his heating oil customers are using for a burner: Fuelwerks
    Nice guy.
    Does your customer have neighbors close by? Like within earshot? I will be doing one of these lil' cogens for a software guy soon but with biodiesel: Listeroid

    Who is gonna cover THAT warranty!! :)
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