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65¢ a Gallon: Biodiesel Workshop
Christopher Wahl Center
Whittier, CA
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Tickets at the door $25. To learn more about the Whittier Time Bank's monthly skill-building workshop series, email


65¢ a Gallon: Biodiesel Workshop
Pay 65¢ a gallon for fuel *** Recycle waste oil *** Share the load with your neighbors *** Increase local self-reliance *** Save money

Homesteader and science teacher Samuel Wu makes his own fuel for 65¢ a gallon. He will lead a hands-on workshop on how to make biodiesel biodiesel safely and inexpensively at home. You'll also take a tour of his biodiesel car. And, you'll go home with a booklet on how to convert to a biodiesel lifestyle.

Sunday, January 13
Christopher Wahl Center
12401 Slauson Avenue, Unit G
Whittier, CA 90606
Light lunch included (arrive at noon)

In the luncheon before the class, we'll discuss potential biodiesel co-ops in Whittier and Pasadena. A co-op would share the load when it comes to collecting waste oil (transportation and restaurant relations), making and storing biodiesel, and potentially selling biodiesel at a profit to local users.


Homesteader and science teacher Samuel Wu fuels his converted Mercedes vehicles ('83 300D; '87 300SDL; '99 E300) with biodiesel at about 65¢ a gallon. In this workshop, he'll teach you how to make biodiesel from SVO (straight vegetable oil), including mixing, washing, and drying.

Part laboratory science and part creative recycling, biodiesel manufacturing uses chemicals appropriate for teens and adults; no children please. Biodiesel itself is non-toxic, and is legal to make and store.

The workshop will address permitting questions as well as the science behind making biodiesel. Wu will also discuss volume biodiesel manufacturing and the principles of diesel auto conversion.

You will learn:

- Simple equipment needed to make and store biodiesel
- The chemistry behind biodiesel manufacture
- How to approach restaurants for used cooking oil
- Pros and cons of older and newer model diesel cars
- Principles of converting your car to biodiesel


65¢ a Gallon: Biodiesel Workshop is a part of the Build-Your-Skills workshop series curated by the Whittier Time Bank in support of community self-reliance.

This event is planned in collaboration with Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project and Whittier Backyard Farms.

To learn about more upcoming workshops for self-reliance, email



Christopher Wahl Center (View)
12401 Slauson Ave.
Whittier, CA 90606
United States

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Education > Workshops
Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Green

Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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