Using Biodiesel in Your Vehicle

Biodiesel is a sustainable fuel made from renewable resources. It can be used in any diesel engine without modifications. Blue Ridge Biofuels only sells biodiesel that meets ASTM D6751 specifications. Check out our Biodiesel Users Guide for information on using biodiesel.

Benefits of Biodiesel

Biodiesel gas pump

  • Biodiesel has 80% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum diesel
  • Biodiesel is renewable, biodegradable, non-toxic,  and non-carcinogenic.
  • Biodiesel has an 80% reduction in particulate emissions which helps reduce cases of asthma.
  • Biodiesel has a lower sulfur content which helps reduce acid rain.
  • No modifications are required to use biodiesel in diesel engines or oil furnaces.
  • Biodiesel has higher lubricating properties than petroleum which extends engine life.
  • Biodiesel cleans injectors and fuel system components which reduces wear and tear.
  • Biodiesel is produced in Asheville from local resources.
  • Biodiesel supports independent businesses and creates good jobs.
  • Biodiesel increases our fuel security and reduces our dependence on foreign oil.

Biodiesel Blends

Biodiesel can be blended with petroleum diesel at any ratio. Common blends are:

B5   =  5%  biodiesel, 95% petroleum diesel
B20 = 20% biodiesel, 80% petroleum diesel
B50 = 50% biodiesel, 50% petroleum diesel
B99 = 99% biodiesel, 1% petroleum diesel

Because biodiesel is made from natural ingredients, it can gel in cold weather. We add an anti-gel stabilizer to all our fuel sold during the winter months, so you never have to worry.

Using Higher Biodiesel Blends

Biodiesel acts as a solvent and will clean out your fuel system which leads to better performance. This is increased with higher blends, especially those over B50. Here are some things to note if using high blends:

Filter Issues – As your fuel system is cleaned out, you may experience filter plugging which or loss of power. A quick filter change usually solves this problem. Once your system has been cleaned out you should no longer experience this issue. We recommend keeping a spare filter on hand. 
Fuel Line Issues – Biodiesel will degrade some natural rubber hoses. You will notice the hose start to sweat and get sticky. Replacing fuel lines with a Viton or other suitable hose is simple and fairly inexpensive.  Most recent vehicle models have compatible fuel lines. 
Warranty Issues – Many manufacturers are now supporting blends ranging from B5-B20. Note that no warranty covers damage from bad fuel, whether biodiesel or petro diesel. That's why it's important to use only high quality fuel that conforms to ASTM international quality standards, which ours does. 
Paint Issues – High blends of biodiesel can strip paint. Wipe up any spills with a rag.
Cold Weather Issues – Biodiesel can gel in cold weather. Blends B50 and below with an anti-gel additive are suitable for our climate.

Blue Ridge Biofuels is a community fuel provider that has been in business since 2005. We keep valuable resources in our local economy by providing a used cooking oil service to restaurants and kitchens across the southeast. We also provide a free service to the public through the Cooking Oil Recycling Program of WNC. Our biodiesel is used by fleets, farms, and schools, and heats thousands of homes and businesses across Western North Carolina. We give back by working with area non-profits to provide green jobs training and educational internships. 

Here is a map of biodiesel pump locations in Western North Carolina. 

Here is more infomation on ordering biodiesel bulk fuel from Blue Ridge Biofuels. 

Thanks for choosing clean, renewable, local fuel!

 

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