Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Frybaby

This is my hubby's latest project. A Mercedes that has been converted to run on used vegetable oil. Yes, it runs. It sounds like a semi, though, since it is a diesel. It's 20 years old, but still has some good miles left in it. My biggest problem with it is he's storing the oil in drums in the backyard. And ruining his good clothes. But men, what can you do? "Oh honey, gas is going to hit $3.00 a gallon this summer. And I get this vegetable oil free. (From the Mexican and Chinese restaurants.) I admit, I'm skeptical. I admit I have laughed my butt off at him. I admit, I have been very angry at him over the oil in the yard.

Imagine what the neighbors think. Do they sit on their decks drinking their coffee in the mornings debating on what's in the drums and wondering if they should turn us in for suspicious behavior? Do they say, "We should get a petition up to get rid of that eyesore?" I don't know. I imagine that's what I would be saying and doing. Still, Bub just laughs and says they are the ones who are foolishly paying for that high-priced gasoline. So I let him play with his Mercedes and his WVO (Waste Vegetable Oil.) But I'm wondering where to draw the line.

We went to pick up some free filtered oil from someone in Clarksville who is doing the same experiment. They had more than they needed. As I entered their garage, I saw what looked like a still. A large tank with a coil coming from it, emptying golden liquid into vats. Oh my. What a set up. "Don't get any ideas, Bub." I whisper. What the gentleman was doing was heating the grease to take out any water molecules in it that might remain. I talked to his wife about this, and she says they are going to build a shed for his "project." I can't wait to find out if they can get a building permit for that one. Well, yes I can. I don't want a shed for WVO in my yard. But I wouldn't want it to take over my garage either.

So this is my darling husband's pet. I call it the FryBaby. He calls her SadieLou. All I can say is, keep on eating out, guys. And yes, I do have a couple of backup vehicles, just in case. LOL.


Delia said...

A car that runs on vegetable oil... I think it's cool. Of course, I'm not the one who has to put up with the drums full of vegetable oil.

Sista Cala said...

You should add the label "bio-diesel" That's the name for the stuff. May draw a little traffic. Could have used Willie Nelson's name too, since he has his own brand of biodiesel.

Gretchen said...

oh, I've heard of that but never known anyone to do it....sounds really great!

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't barrels in my yard either.. But I could take to the idea if gas keeps going like it is.
Went from $2.69 to $3.11 in less than a months time here. Won't surprise me to see $4.00 this summer.