Biodiesel Uses and Guidelines FAQ

The biodiesel produced by SeQuential in Salem, Oregon, and Bakersfield, California comes with a variety of benefits. It’s non-toxic, good for the environment, cuts back on waste, and can be better for engines than petroleum diesel. Just like any fuel, however, biodiesel is most effective when used with care and insight. Before switching from petroleum fuels, learn more about biodiesel uses, how to choose quality biofuel, handling, storage, and more.

What is biodiesel?

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SeQuential’s biodiesel is a clean-burning fuel alternative derived from recycled cooking oil. We collect used cooking oil from restaurants, stadiums, zoos, cafeterias, and food processors in most metro areas on the West Coast. We then process that oil into biodiesel to sell locally, cutting down on emissions.

What are the benefits of using biodiesel?

Biodiesel offers many benefits, including:

  • Sustainability: Reduces waste by recycling used cooking oil
  • Environmentally friendly: Offers a carbon footprint 85% smaller than that of petroleum
  • Engine-safe: Causes less engine wear and a potentially longer engine life
  • Health benefits: Reduces toxic emissions
  • Economic growth: Supports local businesses and sustainable economic development in our West Coast communities

How can I choose the right biodiesel?

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When running vehicles or machinery on biodiesel, it’s essential to choose a high-quality fuel. The ASTM D6751 specification outlines the ideal properties that biodiesel should exhibit before it is retailed. It tests for a variety of factors that affect the safety of the fuel, such as:

  • Flashpoint
  • Methanol, water, and sediment content
  • Oxidation stability
  • Cetane number
  • Cloud point
  • Acid number
  • Carbon residue
  • And more…

Additionally, you should always purchase biodiesel from a BQ-9000 certified producer or supplier. BQ-9000 is an assurance program that requires documented proof that participants follow certain industry standards. These standards include guidelines for storage, sampling, testing, blending, shipping, and distribution of biodiesel.

SeQuential is a BQ-9000 approved and certified producer and marketer. All our fuel also meets ASTM D6751 guidelines, so you can feel confident in its quality and safety.

Can I use biodiesel in my existing vehicles and equipment?

Biodiesel is a considered a “drop-in” fuel meaning that it can be used in any diesel engine without modification, and you may fully replace petroleum diesel with 100% biodiesel. You may also choose a biodiesel blend with petroleum to increase energy and decrease cost while preserving many of biodiesel’s benefits.

B20 is the most commonly available biodiesel blend in the U.S. and consists of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel. This ratio delivers a good balance of cost, emissions, performance, and compatibility, and is ideal for most consumers.

How should I store and handle biodiesel?

Guidelines for the storage and handling of biodiesel are comparable to those for petroleum diesel and require the same level of care. To ensure safe use, be sure to follow the best practices outlined here:

Every six months:

  • Turn the tanks
  • Clean tank collars
  • Measure the tank’s water content

Biodiesel is sensitive to cold weather. To protect yours from low temperatures:

  • Replace high-content blends like B99 with B50 when the temperature falls below 50 degrees
  • Treat B20 and higher blends with a winterizing agent when temperatures fall below 25 degrees
  • Use tank heaters when temperatures are consistently below freezing
  • Follow the same anti-gelling protocols used for petroleum diesel

For more information about biodiesel handling and use, visit the National Biodiesel Board.

Switch to Biodiesel Today

Biodiesel is a clean-burning and eco-friendly alternative to petroleum that is usable in any diesel engine. If you’re ready to switch to biodiesel, consider SeQuential. We produce and distribute high-quality biodiesel in Portland, OR, Salem, OR, and Bakersfield, CA, and serve most West Coast metro areas. To learn more, contact us by calling 800-447-3794, or visit one of our many partner locations today.