Growing & Pressing vegetable oil for food and fuel

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Blackjack, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Anyone here ever tried pressing oilseed?

    Being that you can run deisel engines (best if slightly modified), oil lamps and cook with oils like sunflower seed and peanut or flax (also good for textiles), I was thinking being able to raise a small crop of oilseed and press it yourself would be of extreme value "post peak".

    I was curious if anyone has tried/had any success with this.

    Imagine.... an acre of sunflowers will get you almost a hundred gallons of fuel/cooking oil as well as nearly a ton of leftover seedcake that makes great livestock feed. I'm not sure, but I'd bet the seedcake would also be ok used in a woodburning stove.
    What a great crop!

  2. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    I'd be real interested in this as well.
  3. RightHand

    RightHand Maslow's Contradiction Moderator Founding Member

  4. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Good Links
  5. RightHand

    RightHand Maslow's Contradiction Moderator Founding Member

    One thing I read was that the good old garden variety sunflowers yield less oil than the specialty varieties intended for oil production.
  6. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Interesting stuff. Thanks
  7. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

  8. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    good read thanks
  9. RightHand

    RightHand Maslow's Contradiction Moderator Founding Member

    Anyone else interested in this topic?
  10. WestPointMAG

    WestPointMAG Monkey++

    You do not need to press it to get the oil out all you have to do is put it in a piece of PVC pipe, cap both ends with a cap that has a fitting on one and a hole in other one. Mount the pipe so that end with the hole in it is on bottom. Hook a LP tank setup to give liquid LP, hook it to the fitting. Turn on the gas and out comes the oil from the other end. The hard part is recovering the LP.
  11. RightHand

    RightHand Maslow's Contradiction Moderator Founding Member

    Is it the pressure from the LP creating a sufficient psi to extract/press the oil? Any idea what the yield would be per lb of LP?
  12. WestPointMAG

    WestPointMAG Monkey++

    The LP acts as a solvent an no on the other question.
  13. jim2

    jim2 Monkey+++

    Great link. Thanks!
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