After a long wait the pump is loaded with biodiesel. In case you missed the news we are only selling Soy Methyl Ester now at a higher $3.899 price. Anyhow if you want biodiesel we have the good stuff but it’s no longer cheap.
Our long awaited tanker is showing up tomorrow early afternoon and will be full of SME or Soy Methyl Ester. Pricing for the SME will be $3.899 per gallon for vehicle, tote, and tanker deliveries. Those of you waiting to pickup SME can come at 1500 Tuesday to load.
Houston Biodiesel will no longer be stocking the lower priced FAME biodiesel at the pump. Instead you can fill up on the superior quality (yet higher priced) SME biodiesel. We’ve had to consider many factors in canceling FAME biodiesel. The primary cause was the gradual downward trend in pump sales over the past ten years. We just can’t support two product inventories any longer.
A client ordered 3000 gallons of SME for Tuesday AM delivery. We’ve diverted our tanker to unload at client office at 1300 Tuesday and then come directly to Houston Biodiesel. We’ll have bout 3500 gallons of Soy Biodiesel available starting about 1500 Tuesday.
We are being restocked Tuesday the 21st with a fresh load of SME biodiesel. The pump will be back outside so you can fill your tanks. For the time being we will only sell the highest quality Soy biodiesel at the pump, tote, and tanker. The good news is we can maintain this SME inventory, however pump customers will have to pay a higher price as the SME is more expensive than the FAME biodiesel. We are also starting a rewards program for vehicle fuel sales to help offset the higher cost.
We are still dry here at Houston Biodiesel. No inventory. We are hopeful to have some inventory for you by the end of April. We’ve only run dry three times in the past 20 years of doing business. Even though this dry spell has been way too long it’s still a pretty good track record.
The pump biodiesel (FAME) is $2.899 per gallon and stable down to temperatures of only 50F (10C). FAME is NOT recommended for use now. If you use FAME please dilute it with diesel in a 50/50 ratio. The SME (Soy Methyl Ester) is good down to 32F (0C) but it comes at a higher price.
The oil collection business has been good. As such we want to thank those individuals who bring in their used cooking oil for disposal. Houston Biodiesel is an official City of Houston drop off site for used cooking oil.
Business as normal today, but we’ll be closed Saturday the 22nd through Thursday the 27th. The pump will reopen Friday the 28th. Thomas is taking a much deserved vacation, Chris will be out of town, and Jeff will be staffing Hydroshack. We just don’t have the staff to keep the pump open next week. Hope to see you today or when we open the 28th.
We’ve finally secured a full transport load of winterized biodiesel. This new product is safe down to 36 F (2C). This is the best low cloud point biodiesel we’ve ever offered in twenty years selling biodiesel at the pump. We still recommend some diesel fuel use during the winter but at least with this new winterized biodiesel you’ll be even more protected from gelling.
Biodiesel pump will be closed today in observance of Veterans Day. It’s going to be too cold for high ratios of biodiesel anyhow the next couple of days. We’ll be back open Tuesday to receive a fresh tanker load of winter biodiesel, but we don’t expect too many customers. You should be topping off with diesel fuel anyhow. We still caution that you should have at least a 50/50 blend biodiesel / diesel ratio when the temps fall below 40F. Above 40F you can cut back the diesel down to a 20-30% blend.
Houston Biodiesel encourages more diesel blending during the winter months to lessen the possibility of fuel gelling. As such we are opening one hour later during weekdays effective November 1st. Instead of opening at 10AM during the week beginning November 1st we will open at 11AM. Saturday hours remain unchanged 10AM-2PM.