Joy uses a combination of diesel and vegetable oil left over from restaurant fry vats to power his car. He says it gets 44 miles per gallon. The car needs to be started using regular diesel because vegetable oil is too thick for the engine to handle. When a gauge indicates the engine coolant is at 90 degrees, it is warm enough to thin the biodiesel and Joy can flip a switch to change fuel tanks. When the coolant hits about 150 degrees, Joy said there is a sweet smell. "My neighbor said it smells like cheeseburgers," he said.
The state Department of Environmental Protection told Joy he should try to discourage the bear from returning by using bad-tasting bait. The agency recommended placing a balloon filled with water and ammonia and covered in cooking oil on his car.
[by Justin Thomas]