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Biodiesel: farm-made fuel

publication date: Jan 1, 2004
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Our farm has a nearly limitless supply of firewood. Most of the 44 acres we live on is forested, so wood seems a logical choice as a fuel and, from a financial standpoint it makes sense. On the positive side, wood is renewable but the time spent cutting, splitting, not to mention getting up at 2 or 3 in the morning, heading out to the greenhouse through the snow to stoke the fire in April left us feeling less enthusiastic about using wood as a fuel for greenhouses.
Heating oil left me feeling more frisky in the mornings…plenty of sleep and hey, with the fuel company delivering the stuff…it was pretty much hassle free! But there was the expense, both in terms of money and in terms of environmental cost.

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