Taking the dye out of farm fuel?

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  1. killer

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    Way back when I was in university (2 years ago), one of my soils teachers was telling a story about a farmer he knew that would filter the dye out of farm (or off-road) fuel. I remember he ran it through a clay, but I don't remember what type of clay it was. I want to say montmorillonite, but I don't remember for sure.

    Now I'm in Houston in mud school, and the other day we learned how to do a test to determine how much of the solids content of a drilling fluid was due to the clay we added. It's a long drawn out process, but part of it is adding a chemical (methylene blue) and testing to see how much of that chemical is absorbed by the clay, and how much remains in the solution.

    Where I'm going with this is the clay that the farmer used might be the same stuff we sell to oil companies to make drilling fluid with. It would be the same idea as the methylene blue test we do in the lab. Colored liquid goes in, clear liquid comes out.

    Has anybody heard of such a thing? Does anybody do it? Would it be more trouble than it was worth? What kind of filter do you need to catch those clays?
     
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    Filter it through fullers earth. I have a secret way I filter the red dye out. It only costs me 28¢ a gallon ;)
     
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    What is fullers earth?

    I can get Aquagel (Halliburton's name for montmorillonite clay) for about 14 cents a pound Canadian. Not that I'm anything special, you could too, I'm just sayin'.

    By filtering the dye out, I'd stand to gain at most I think 25 cents a litre. Your way would cost me about 7.5 cents.
     
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    Filter it through fullers earth. I have a secret way I filter the red dye out. It only costs me 28¢ a gallon


    yeah its called road diesel
     
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    just use a little Visene it'll take the red out. ;Sweet
     
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    The clay used in drilling mud is typically bentonite...

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    Yeah, but will that take the dye out?
     
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    This fuller's earth where do you get it and does it come in a filter?
     
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    Fuller's earth = other pump at the petro station? ;Really
     
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    just add blue dye and turn the fuel back to green.
     
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    Just add 10% wmo & its all black then.
     
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    I just did a search on Fullers Earth, tough to find a filter !! Found lots of industrial stuff, no smaller filters.
    Looks like it also filters out acids and other junk.
    Can you please share your secret !!
     
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    montmorillonite was named after a french scientist who discovered it. In the states the haliburton mud school teaches you this and then tells you it is simply
    Wyoming Sodium Bentonite. Any water well driller could tell you where to get it.
    I hate to imagine trying to filter that powdery stuff out of the fuel! It seems if you spent the time trying to get the dye out and figured up what it cost you in time(if your time is worth anything), it would be cheaper just to pay the tax like the rest of us. Theres only like a 39 cent difference in the first place. Buying, transporting, buying filtration media (bentonite), buying a filtering system, and pumping it back into the vehicle for that "savings" doesn't seem very sensible to me. Hell just steal the fuel for the invert mud and burn it! Its only a 1000 dollar fine. And if you burn 500gal of it before you get caught it will save you 50% on fuel cost! (500galX$4.00=$2000 - $1000 for fine = $2.00gal fuel!
     
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    And the year is 1962. :rolleyes:
     

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