Patent Number: 8,722,591

Title: Biodiesel lighter fluid

Abstract: Disclosed is an environmentally conscious, odor-free lighter fluid mixture comprising a 50-70% ethanol and 30-50% biodiesel combination. Methyl-ester, ethyl-ester and propyl-ester fatty acids, commonly referred to as biodiesel, are clean burning fuels derived from new or waste vegetable oil such as soybean, canola or sunflower. Combined with an ethanol accelerant, the mixture provides a lighter fluid that is easily ignitable without risk of detonation or explosion, and one that brings charcoal briquettes up to temperature quicker than traditional methods. The mixture is petroleum free, which eliminates the associated unpleasant odors and potential health risks of traditional lighter fluid, including a reduction in the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the environment. The mixture offers a renewable, sustainable, and efficient ignition source for charcoal that does not sacrifice utility compared to traditional lighter fluid, and does not impart undesirable flavors onto grilled food.

Inventors: Marlin; Joseph (Wyalusing, PA)


International Classification: C10M 105/32 (20060101); C10M 105/12 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/13/12018