Backyard Refinery System By Jeff Cole – Our Full Review

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Jeff Cole

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On November 25, 2015
Last modified:August 12, 2016


An independent review about the Backyard Refinery system by Jeff Cole that includes an overview of the guide and video tutorial that comes with it, description of the main content offered inside, and details about the pros and cons...

Backyard RefineryHi there and welcome to our review about “Backyard Refinery: The Quick And Simple Way To Turn Waste Plastic Into Energy” by Jeff Cole.

As always, this review will be divided into three main parts:

1. The basics section that covers the main things Jeff Cole offers in his guide.

2. The section about the pros and cons of Backyard Refinery that covers several of the most important advantages and disadvantages of this DIY product.

3. The conclusions section where we talk about our final thoughts and feelings on the Backyard Refinery system…

Let’s start 🙂

The Basics

Created by Jeff Cole, a 54-year-old man who lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, “Backyard Refinery” is an informative guide that shows you how to turn your plastic wastes into pure, high-quality oil that you can use to provide energy for your home, which in turn slashes off your monthly utility bill.

Background Story

Jeff’s claim: The power company killed his mother.

He says that his mother developed pneumonia after the power company stopped their service because her mother missed payments. Unfortunately, his mother died, and he needed a big sum of money to pay for her funeral and other financial obligations.

To make ends meet, he looked for other ways to lower his monthly utility bills, including solar panels and gas generator. He says he found the perfect solution when his grandson handed him a facts sheet from school that contained information about all the used plastics that aren’t recycled. He tinkered with the idea of converting plastics to oil for energy, but on a smaller scale.

The Science Behind Backyard Refinery

To cut the story short, Jeff Cole developed the Backyard Refinery guide together with his friend Ken Watkins. He says he based this guide on pyrolysis, a chemical process that decomposes something through heating in order to turn it into a vapor. Plastics contain oil. When they’re heated, they become liquid oil once again. This is what you use for producing energy for your home…

What’s Inside The Backyard Refinery Guide?

1. Detailed instructions and diagrams for each step.

2. A list of all the materials you need to build this unique eco-friendly energy generator.

3. Over-the-shoulder videos that demonstrate how to build the Backyard Refinery system from scratch…

The Pros And Cons


The Pros


Pyrolysis Has Multiple Benefits

Pyrolysis is a solution to the growing worldwide landfill problem that’s truly effective, economically viable, and eco-friendly. One great thing about it is that it doesn’t produce toxic pollutants and, of course, the by-products serve as energy fuel. Some of the fuels that this process produces are kerosene, diesel, gasoline, xylene, and benzene.

Eco-Friendly Solution

According to EcoWatch, there are so many plastics thrown that they can circle the earth up to four times! They also say that people threw half of the plastics they used just once. These plastics either end up in our oceans (billions of pounds of plastic), a little ends up in landfills, and some are sent abroad to be recycled.

We don’t know about you, but we find those facts about plastic pollution worrying. By taking advantage of the pyrolysis technology through the Backyard Refinery system you can do your part in reducing our plastic wastes and transforming them into something more useful. Some of the plastic materials you could use are toys, plastic food containers, soda bottles, milk jugs, and so on.

Easy To Understand

The guide itself and the videos are easy to understand, and you don’t need to be a biochemist or an expert in pyrolysis just to grasp the concept behind the Backyard Refinery system. Jeff Cole has done a great job of explaining a complex topic into easy-to-digest statements, and we’re sure you won’t end up with a big headache after going through the materials he provides in his guide.

Not Entirely Difficult To Build

We also believe that everyone can take advantage of this technology. It doesn’t include many parts you need to put together, and you’d probably finish this within few hours. Of course, the building process is much easier with the presence of the helpful assembly guide and demo videos.

It is also important to note that if you ever have questions, Jeff Cole says you can contact him through his personal email address that he’ll give to you when you access the ‘Member’s Only’ area.

Easy To Maintain

There’s not a lot to do to keep this in tip-top shape because it lacks moving parts. All you basically have to do is clean the compartment where the plastics are heated, refill the fuel, and change the water.

Comes With A Full Refund Guarantee

Well, all of us feel skeptical whenever we encounter something for the first time.
The good news is that the Backyard Refinery guide comes with a sixty-day refund policy which provides you peace of mind and allows you to take all the time you need in order to understand the material and put everything you learn into practice…


The Cons


Tons Of Information About Pyrolysis

We aren’t really sure if this is entirely a bad thing or not. The thing that some people may see as a con is that pyrolysis is not entirely a new concept, and you can Google it anytime and find lots of info about it for free. However, it is important to say that the information about this topic you can find online is usually for industrial purposes.

In his Backyard Refinery guide Jeff Cole did all the work for you, so you can turn your plastic wastes into energy fuels at a smaller scale.


Aside from the guide, you also have to think about the cost of the materials needed for the Backyard Refinery system. For most people, the materials will cost less than $100. However, if you live in a remote place, it can cost you more than that.

No Hardcopy Available

All the material offered in the Backyard Refinery package is 100% in digital format, and that’s why you can access it immediately after you pay for it. Normally, that’s not a bad thing. However, if you’re the type who likes to hold a physical book, or if you simply have a poor internet connection at home, you might find this a bit disappointing…

Our Conclusions

Overall, we find the Backyard Refinery guide very interesting, and we must admit that it’s something new for us. Like most people, we are so used to hearing about mainstream alternative energy sources, like solar panels, and not a lot about pyrolysis.

While there is no doubt that some alternative energy sources have their own advantages over pyrolysis, we have to agree with Jeff Cole on one important thing: Many of these alternative energy sources require a big amount of money to purchase and maintain. For instance, the average cost of residential solar panels ranges from $15,000 to $40,000, according to Energy Informative. Of course, you also have to consider the cost of installation.

On the other hand, the Backyard Refinery system that Jeff Cole describes in his guide cost just a fraction, and from our research, pyrolysis seems to be a truly efficient, cost-effective, and “green” energy solution. We’re not saying it’s a piece of cake to build, but we believe you won’t end up lost because the guide and videos that Jeff provides are really helpful.

So, is it perfect?

Well, like other DIY guides in its category, “Backyard Refinery” has its downsides. For one, it’s hard to gauge how much you can really save from this because there aren’t enough studies or surveys that we could refer to. While there is no doubt that this system can help you save a lot of money every month, we personally think that Jeff’s claim about immediately slashing your monthly utility bill by 70%-100% is a bit of exaggeration.

In addition, if you do your research, you’ll find many websites that discuss pyrolysis. We even found one free source that teaches how to build a pyrolysis-based power generator. However, it’s purely in text, there are no follow-along videos, and it doesn’t discuss everything in detail either…

To sum it up: If you are looking for a step-by-step guide and over-the-shoulder videos that will teach you exactly how you can turn waste plastic into energy and reduce your monthly utility bill dramatically by using the concept of Pyrolysis, then the Backyard Refinery system can be a great choice for you.

The price of this package is very reasonable, the materials required are not that expensive, and the detailed instructions by Jeff Cole make the building process not difficult at all. Moreover, if for any reason you won’t be satisfied with your purchase, there is always Jeff’s refund guarantee that you can take advantage of within two months.

Considering everything mentioned above, we personally believe that the Backyard Refinery system is at least worth a try…


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