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wmWa nj Oct I0, Now, if the temperature drops S 0 L A R . . . below 10 degrees, Battagin may Continued from page 5 insert a fuel heater, solar powered, from restaur ts and Filters out the course. French fries. Other ways the Battagins reduce After he heats the oil to 140 degrees, Battagin adds some methanol, or wood alcohol, and some lye. Keeping the temperature even, Battagin stirs the mixture for two hours. Well, the stirring is actually done by a device he designed that uses solar power and an old washing machine motor. Then the mixture sits and settles for a month before Battagin Filters it again. Although the process began with rather toxic chemicals, the end product is a non toxic fuel that can be burned in almost any diesel motor. And better yet, is the byproduct-- glycerin. Now the Battagins have plenty of soap, too. The vegetable oil fuel could be a problem in cold weather, but Battagin has used it in 20 degree weather with no problems. their impact on the earth are to recycle what they can, make com- post for the garden, and make lum- ber out of dead trees. In another bid to lessen their impact on the earth, the Battagins were not so successful. The composting toilet they want- ed for their home was not allowed in Plumas County. Meanwhile, the Battagins contin- ue their own personal efforts to lessen human impact on the earth. "Even though what I've done is only a small step, I still think it has a positive instead of negative impact on the environment," Ba tagin said. He has received several calls from people who want help going solar. "They're angry," Battagin said. They want to get out from under the thumb of power companies, not knowing if the power will go out or how much it will cost. They want some control back." Now is the time to start thinking about your win- ter source of heat. Give Quincy Hot Spot a call and find out your options. Quincy Hot Spot is your store for Quadrafire, Dovre, Fireplace Xtrordinair, Pacific Energy, Country, Monitor, Fanco Beige, Napoleon and Kuma stoves. We also carry Coleman Spas. Our gift area is full of ideas for your home and garden. Stop by to see us on the corner of Lawrence and Bradley Streets in Quincy. Tues. - Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 91 Bradley St. 283-2929 Llc. #737776 We service what we sell Bill Battagin sold his old electric van to fund the 16-panel solar arral "'Quality Custom Builders" Since 1984 283-2035 - 283-2917 - Fax 2080 East Highway 70 Quincy, CA CA. Lic. #453927 9713 No Greenvill Bus. (534 284-S2: I