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Old 08-27-2012, 07:50 AM
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B100 Winterization

hi guys

I dont plan but it might happen , if I gel my mixture during the
winter,should the warming up get the gel back to usable state or some
serious cleaning is ahead.... ?

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Old 08-27-2012, 07:53 AM
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Warming it back up gets it back to liquid biodiesel...no problem.

Also, a little blending in winter months goes a long way. Either with D2, kerosene, or even a little RUG.
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:28 AM
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Definetly blend to prevent problems. But if you do gel up, no problems waiting until it warms up. It will liquify and be just fine, but it filters still tend to glod up. It's a lot harder for the fuel in the filter to completely liquify. So sometimes a filter change is still needed. Most biodiesel gels about 32F. I've found that if day time temps are getting much above freezing then B100 will be fine, though starts on mornings around freezing will be tough. I've had several tanks gel up on me since 2005 when I start running biodiesel. I started blending to B50 in the fall, and B20 in the winter. This will varry depending on your local climate. When it starts getting near freezing at night I would blend to B50.

People always get stuck becuase they are running to high of a blend then a sudden cold snap come through. So hedging your bets by blending a little will save you a car that won't start.
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:27 PM
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this will be "play a blend" winter

during winter average temp is 14 to 20 F and lowest gets -5F

I guess that B20 is highest safe blend in my case ....

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20% petrodiesel is plenty to keep your bioblend liquid.
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It's not a bad idea to mix up a few small blends (B20, B50, etc.)in glass jars and set them near where you keep your car. A quick observation of the clarity of the fuel in these jars gives a general indication of what is happening in the fuel system of your car.
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H2O also....mmmmm

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It's a lot harder for the fuel in the filter to completely liquify. So sometimes a filter change is still needed.
I'm a step from adapting my fuel filter to Caterpillar 2 micron so I guess
that is also a possible additional "black spot"....

and... as I use industrial B100,.. is additional water separation filter needed?

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It's not a bad idea to mix up a few small blends (B20, B50, etc.)in glass jars and set them near where you keep your car. A quick observation of the clarity of the fuel in these jars gives a general indication of what is happening in the fuel system of your car.
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3 jars are ready and waiting for the cold days

B20,B30& B50


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It's not a bad idea to mix up a few small blends (B20, B50, etc.)in glass jars and set them near where you keep your car. A quick observation of the clarity of the fuel in these jars gives a general indication of what is happening in the fuel system of your car.
That's a good tip. Does a heated garage help w the equation somewhat on the blending?

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