Make Your Own Fuel for Your Car

Make Your Own Fuel for Your Car

How would you like to make fuel for your car for the low, low, price of $9995? Well, someone has come up with a way for you to do just that, the EFuel100, Earth’s First Home Ethanol System.

Home Ethanol Refinery

This device is essentially a still. You know, just like Snuffy Smith and Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies had. Just with an old fashioned still you put in sugar and yeast and in a week or so you have your very own “White Lightening” you can run your vehicle with.  According to their site, the device can manufacture about 35 gallons of ethanol in a week. As you might guess, you don’t want to be taking a swig since the resulting liquid would be too impure and dangerous for human consumption. There are other, safe, ways for you to make your own hooch at home.

In the US, you’ll need to get a permit from the Treasury Department to make your own ethanol (Dang Revinoors!). You may also need state, county or city authorization as well. In other countries you’ll need to find out what local laws apply. Also, so far as the US government goes, you also get an alternative fuels tax break that can be worth nearly $3500.

Cost Effective or Not?

Most cars can run successfully on ethanol. While you may not want to operate a high performance and temperamental sports car with it, it should work fine in the average family vehicle. In fact, it may be more efficient than gasoline in terms of gas mileage and performance.

As for cost of the operation, it would allow you to make your own fuel for roughly $1.25 a gallon according the EFuel’s website. This would give you a full return on investment in about 18 months, provided that gasoline costs remain at $3.50 over that time period and that there are no massive fluctuations in the sugar market.

Green Concerns

These concerns are actually rather minor. One of the main criticisms of biofuels is that it takes food crops and makes fuel out of them, primarily corn. The crop that’s used for the EFuel device is sugar, as in sugar cane. There is almost always a massive surplus of sugar, unlike corn which rarely is a surplus crop. Also, sugar production is much more efficient than corn production which also lowers the ‘footprint’ of this method of fuel production. Lastly, home production eliminates a lot of evaporation waste that occurs during other automotive fuel production.

What do you think? Would you buy one of these devices?


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Comment by Vinny Lingo
2008-05-10 14:52:53

You know, I might just buy an Ethonal Refinery when I buy my house. That’s a nice ROI that also removes my dependence on the Oil tycoons. Hooray for two birds with one stone.

Comment by jfc
2008-05-10 19:31:27

Hi Vinny,

I’d like one of these too but it is a pretty hefty upfront investment. I’ve bought cheaper cars than what the EFuel unit costs.

Comment by Warenwirtschaft
2008-05-23 16:46:44

With gasoline costs roaring up this will be the market of the future. but i think central processing would be more effective than this homebased business.

Comment by jfc
2008-05-23 17:11:43

Hi Warenwirtschaft,

There are some cheaper ethanol stills around. You could just use an old radiator like Grandpa did back up in the hills. The trick is safety. Neighbors wouldn’t look too kindly upon you blowing up your house and maybe theirs too.

Also, thanks for leaving meaningful comments to get into a Top Commentators spot. I appreciate it.

Comment by Jacob Angel
2008-07-06 03:59:17

What a great invention; anything to get us out from under the heel of the guys selling oil. A home ethanol refinery seems a little out of my league right now, but I suspect if oil prices stay as high as they are, and a few more people buy a home ethanol refinery, then the price will start to come down.

I heard a funny related story about this on British radio (I listen on the Internet sometimes). It seems that Prince Charles has adapted his Aston Martin to run on — wait for it — red wine and cheese! Actually, I’m overstating it a little bit for comic effect, but he really is going to be running his car on some of the residue left from wine and cheese production on his estate

Comment by jfc
2008-08-12 07:00:51

Hi Jacob,

If he’s like most elitists he’ll be wondering why everybody else doesn’t power their vehicles from wine and cheese production residue on their estate.

Comment by Cheap GPS Systems
2008-08-12 01:54:15

Sounds like I would want to be selling some of the ethanol to friends and neighbors to help pay for that hefty price tag! Wow, I, too, have bought used cars cheaper than that!

Comment by jfc
2008-08-12 07:04:07


I too have bought used cars for less than $10K.

There are cheaper home ethanol systems it’s just this one is a complete package and relatively safe to use. I’m pretty sure Bubba and the boys didn’t spend $10k on their backwoods still, unless you count the fine that John Law laid down on them.

2008-08-14 22:04:04

Way too expensive. My goodness. What’s the point? I guess if I was a rich environmentalist I would do this. The rest of us just have to wait for technology to catch up and bring the price down.

Comment by jon
2009-05-16 13:05:48

$5k is too much, if they really want to help people save money it should be around the 1 thousand mark

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