Editor’s note
The following abstract describes a publication that is only available as a downloadable PDF.

CoverDeveloped by Montana State University Extension and the University of Wyoming
Adapted with permission

This guide is one in the Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives (E3A): Biodiesel Applications for the Home, Farm or Ranch series. This one describes biodiesel, explains how it differs from vegetable oil, and answers several questions relating to its use.


  • Biodiesel blends: B2, B5, B20 and B100
  • Biodiesel compared to vegetable oil
  • Cold-weather properties of biodiesel
  • Cost and availability of biodiesel
  • Energy in biodiesel
  • Engine modifications, damage and warranty
  • Environmental benefits
  • Taxes on biodiesel


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