2011 - Volume #35, Issue #4, Page #13[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Buy American: Burn Natural Gas
"The U.S. spends $700,000 a minute on foreign oil," he says. He notes that other parts of the world û including Saudi Arabia û use natural gas. It's time that people in the U.S. figure out we can use our own fuel and that costs a lot less, he emphasizes. Natural gas costs anywhere from 70 to 90 cents, for the equivalency of a gallon of gas.
With free, natural gas on his property, the Glenford, Ohio, man designed his own conversions starting with a small garden tractor in the 1970's and later converted his trucks to run on natural gas, with gasoline as a backup. He owns a 3020 Deere tractor that runs on natural gas and a tri-fuel pickup that runs on natural, LP or regular gas.
The gas is compressed and tank size depends on how the vehicle is used. "For example, we converted school buses that have the same route. If it runs 150 miles a day, it needs three tanks," he says.
He especially encourages people who drive semis, tractors or other big vehicles to switch to natural gas. Conversions average about $2,500; and natural gas is becoming more readily available. Ridenour was recently hired to build fill stations in Ohio.
Engines run cleaner, trucks start easier, and fewer oil and spark plug changes are needed when using natural gas, he adds.
"It will create jobs right here," he emphasizes. "We have to keep focusing on America."
Ridenour recommends contacting alternate fuel specialists, Carburetion & Turbo Systems in Shakopee, Minn. (www.carbturbo.com; toll-free 877 347-4334) for those interested in converting to natural gas. The website (www.ngvglobal.com), also contains excellent information.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rick Ridenour, P.O. Box 101, Glenford, Ohio 43749 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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