Wednesday, August 20

what the oil companies never want to discuss


I am researching ways to cut down gas-mileage. One of them is acetone as a gas additive, because it enhances cleaner combustion. I am also curious how this works on an oil burner for heating.
I will let you know some results shortly after I tried it all..
My first trial is using one ounce (a shot glass worth) of acetone per 10 gallons (somewhat like 36 liters) in my truck.
The trick I heard through the grape vines, is to use not too much - but just much enough!:)!:)
I will be your guinea-pig now, and I will report later.
The myths around it, have found savings between 30 to 400 percent.
That's worth a try in my book.

18 comments:

Sue said...

Good luck!

Something needs to happen. It amazes me - absolutely amazes me - when the oil companies announce record earnings. As though they are proud of them. As if they thought the American people were thinking, "Wow, what a well-run company! Great stewardship!"

Gary said...

Yeah, let us know! Where do you get acetone.

Zee said...

Thanks Sue for stepping buy!
I don't know if I elaborated on this issue previously; perhaps I did...

Zee said...

Gary - you scared the shit out of me with your new profile pic!
Anyway, I am going to Boston tomorrow ti pick up dear Walli. This is a twohundred something mile ride for me - one way. So I will try it out with the Subaru, and let you know later what happened.

susan said...

And then could you take care of some dry-cleaning I've been neglecting? Just no explosions, please.

lindsaylobe said...

It seems to me the oil companies would have added it and charged it out as some form ‘special gas’, if it worked reliably or established a patent and be happy with less oil consumed but at much higher margins.

Anyway, since as you say it’s an old truck maybe it’s worth a try. Good luck with it !

I don’t know much about it excepting I would guess the gasolone would need to be relatively pure and not contain any additives such as ethynol.

In Australia we have natural Gas as an alternative; cost is about 40% of petrol but it uses about 20% more. The result is a saving of about $5,000 a year if you travel 20,000 km. Repairs and maintenance are also less as the vehicle runs on a much cleaner mixture which results in less pollutants. Conversion costs for a small truck or car is about $2,600 but you get back a subsidy paid by the Governnent of $2,000.

If you buy a new car already fitted you receive a Government subsidy back of $1,000.

I was thinking about helping my daughter convert to save on petrol as she currently has a 6cylinder 94 magna which uses heaps of fuel. Any alternatives with natural gas over there ?

Best wishes

Seraphine said...

acetone and maybe a little french fry oil.
or else find a way to drive without having to apply the brakes.
driving is the exception to the coasting through life thing.

Bettina said...

Of course the oil companies don't want us to discuss stuff like that. And also the whole car lobby is not interested at all in alternatives of cleaner running cars. Even though you can already make cars that run on water or vegetable oil.

In Australia, a couple rebuilt their car a while ago to run on vegetable oil. They then did a trip around Australia for a few months, for fun, and to raise awareness. They would literally stop at fish and chips shops and fill up their car with the old deep frying oil. What a great idea.

Zee said...

Susan,
we should exchange services - you clean mine, I clean yours. It is easier that way...

Zee said...

Lindsay,
the more I read about acetone as an additive, the more I get skeptical about its promises.
One thing which permanently comes up though, is that the combustion is cleaner, that might be good for the environment even if no substantial gain of mileage is achieved.
I had a friend during my sculpture training who converted his Volvo 144 to run on propane. He was exhilarated about it. That car could drive both on gas and propane...
No, the US does not give incentives to save .... ANYTHING!
Pretty dam stupid, but what can I do!!!

Zee said...

Sera,
the olive groves of Southern France are stressed

Zee said...

Thanks Bettina for stopping by!
How is you new career taking off?
After all, you now are "official"!!!

Bio-diesel is probably the more sensible alternative to go.
Ethanol on the other hand has grown in popularity in the US, increasing as a result of the corn fields to a maximum, extending beyond common borders - but not for food. It is a waste of recourses really in my opinion.

Bettina said...

I haven't started at the new job yet, but I've been getting a fair bit of freelance work from my new employer, which has been great. The future is bright!

♥nova-san said...

Best way to cut down gas mileage is to walk, bicycle, or carpool.

I am, however, still interested to know of your results. =)

Zee said...

Hei, Nova-San!
Where I live, it would take me 45 minutes to walk to the grocery store, one way...
Living in NYC like you, makes life in this respect a bit more easier. You turn a corner, and you find all you need, you jump on a bus or take the subway, there you are...
It is not so here. That is why I adore my "Barelyharley" so much these days. That moped brings me there and back in no time for less than 10% of the fuel I would use with the truck, to pick up eggs and bacon.

Zee said...

Bettina,
I will be following closely your glorious path, like a hermit watching a phoenix arise.

Ingrid said...

holy crap..sounds combustible! Good luck though it would indeed make a VERY interesting experiment!

Ingrid

Zee said...

Oh Ingrid,
I believe I can handle combustions these days, we will see...