Many biodiesel producers slow down or halt their production of biodiesel during the winter months. As a result many customers will store their BioPro for some period of time. To avoid potential problems associated with neglect or poor storage, Springboard Biodiesel recommends its customers perform the following processes to ensure an easy and trouble-free return to biodiesel production.
Following this step, fill your main tank with water and vinegar (there will be the liquid in the tank from the methoxide clean step). Manually turn on the main stir motor for a few minutes, and this will clean the tank rather well.
Note: When adding vinegar to your main tank we recommend adding at least one full gallon and adding enough water to cover the propeller by a few inches.
By following these steps, your BioPro will be ready to produce biodiesel when next needed. However, it is always prudent to give your BioPro a thorough visual inspecton after a prolonged period of storage (ask us about the Cutter Bees).
In addition, Springboard Biodiesel recommends that you perform a quick water test, prior to resuming production. Connect everything back up as if you were going to process a batch of biodiesel, but instead fill the methoxide and methanol tanks with water. Fill your main tank with water and vinegar again, fill to a few inches over the main motor's propeller. At this point, turn the machine on by pressing the start button. The machine will now perform all of the functions it would during biodiesel processing and will allow you to make sure everything is working properly After a few minutes the methanol side will pour its water into the main tank, leave in process for about 30 minutes. Then press the jog button, press this button twelve times until you hear the methoxide pump turn on and the water pumping in from that side. By doing this you will be able to test that your machine is working correctly and that your pumps are in good condition.