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Old 01-07-2011, 01:30 PM
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Any Northeasters running SVO/WVO in winter temps?

Just curious....

If yes, I'd be interested in reading what sort of setups you have going.

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Old 01-07-2011, 01:42 PM
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Just curious....

If yes, I'd be interested in reading what sort of setups you have going.
No, but I wouldn't mind trying some Bio-D if I could find some around here.
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:16 PM
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Running it in Florida But even here it was in the 20's last couple weeks. I know most cut theirs with Kerosene so it doesn't jell or regular diesel.
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:34 PM
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running it in Michigan- WVO in a dual tank system, greasecar kit with a big 36 plate heat exchanger added in. This morning was about 15 degrees, wasn't plugged in- took a record 8 miles to switch over to grease usually 2-3 in warm weather, 5 or so when it is about 30 out.

no problems at all so far, even though the wvo I keep in the garage freezes to slush around 30- 35 degrees, I wait for it to be arm enough to be pourable and pour slush in tank- by the time it get to lift pump it is 135 to 170 even in this cold weather.

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Old 01-07-2011, 03:53 PM
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You just wanted to have the first thread in the Alternative Fuels Forum huh!

I'm in the Northwest but we get subfreezing temps here all the time. I run a two tank system. My coolant heat is in the tank, fuel lines, and the fuel filter. I have electric heat in the form of a veg therm and injector line heaters. I have an aux fuel pump and a supply and return valve. One thing I've done to help combat the cold is I've wrapped my fuel and coolant lines under the car with insulation, and I partially block the radiator. I usually use my block heater to help get the temp up quicker, so I can switch over faster.

Here is a pic of my engine bay sans the injector line heaters.
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Old 01-07-2011, 05:18 PM
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Yeah, you got me on that one. I guess I just happened to be lurking right after someone pressed the button....
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Old 01-07-2011, 05:25 PM
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I run a two tank system. My coolant heat is in the tank, fuel lines, and the fuel filter. I have electric heat in the form of a veg therm and injector line heaters. I have an aux fuel pump and a supply and return valve.
What make of switchover valves are you using?

Where's the vegtherm located? If it's under the hood I'm not seeing it....

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Old 01-07-2011, 05:37 PM
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running it in Michigan- WVO in a dual tank system, greasecar kit with a big 36 plate heat exchanger added in.
I'm a junkie for seeing underhood conversion pics to compare how people plumb it up. If you can manage one it would be great....

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Old 01-07-2011, 07:16 PM
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What make of switchover valves are you using?

Where's the vegtherm located? If it's under the hood I'm not seeing it....

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I have the GreaseCar valves.
And the vegtherm is hiding unding the Midranger Inline coolant heater that I also forgot to mention. If you look closely you can see a hose coming out of the side of the midranger and looping back around to the vegtherm underneath.
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:42 PM
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This may help: http://biodiesel.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/frm/f/7191074622
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:48 PM
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I run WVO in my modified Frybrid rig down to -10F driving up and back skiing in Maine. I can maintain 175-180F fuel injection temperatures easily. No electric heat - all coolant fed.

When it gets really cold, I add 1.5 gallons of pump diesel to my 18 gallon WVO tank just as insurance.

I block my radiator with a piece of poster paper. I use the stock thermostat, and I keep the cabin fairly cold.

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