Backyard Biodiesel

Lyle Estill - Piedmont Biofuels
Workshop Level: Beginner
Lyle Estill was trained as a writer. He published his first short story in 1981, and has been publishing ever since.

Many think of him as a traveling salesman who accidentally became an environmentalist, stumbled into being an activist, and went on to become what some refer to as a “social entrepreneur.”

Workshop Description

Lyle Estill will bring some used vegetable oil and the necessary reactants, and make a batch of biodiesel on stage. If he has the recipe right, the audience may be able to see phase separation before their very eyes. Estill will discuss feedstocks, practical techniques, and how it is possible to meet your family's fuel needs by making your own biodiesel.

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Speaker Bio

Lyle Estill has been making his own fuel since January 2002. That's the last time he went to a local gas station to fill up his car.

He is the founder of Piedmont Biofuels in Pittsboro, N.C.

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