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#1 Posted : Thursday, August 19, 2010 2:20:41 AM
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Given the shakey economy I feel prompted to store some fuel for future use in case.  Living in the city to keep the peace with my neighbors and the local fire dept my fuel of choice is biodiesel with a 325 deg flash point and a natural compost friendly alternative I doubt I'll get in  very much dutch.


1.  Given my 1993 1 ton Dodge pickup with a 5.9 1st generation Cummins engine. Where can I find info as to what modifications do I need to do or have done to fuel lines, o rings or whatever to run biodiesel?

2.  I found two affordable totes, those 275 gallon metal framed box pallet with a plastic bladder containers.   Where can I find out if the # 2 plastic is compatable with biodiesel?  How long can I expect to safely store biodiesel?

3.  Where do I obtain fuel stabalizers and additives for biodiesel?

4.  Biodiesel has been used for heating oil. Is it compatable w kerosene heaters to be used as fuel for them?

5.  Any ideas for  cost effective coverings to keep the sun from degrading the plastic?

I'm hoping for some expertise beyond my own here... thanks


#2 Posted : Thursday, August 19, 2010 2:20:41 AM
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Well maybe I can help you out here,we burn bio commercially where I work(80/20 mix).

You do not need to do anything to your diesel vehicle to burn bio in it,80/20 (80% petrol-20% veggie oil)is compatible with all diesel engines as well as oil burners,even the high efficiency turbo's and high efficiency oil burners.

Now,that being said that means you have to treat bio the same way you treat diesel in the winter,you have to add kerosene to keep the diesel dilute enough to burn efficiently and if really cold,use the glow plugs or preheaters.So the answer I guess would be if your kerosene space heater is able to burn diesel fuel then yes there should be no problem burning bio with it,actually the exhaust may be a lot more acceptable to the nose then diesel fuel is;we get that a lot where I work,they've noticed the odor around the shop is a lot less 'dieselly' and more 'french fryish'.If #2 is compatible with diesel fuel then it most likely will handle biodiesel w/o a problem,actually it will problably degrade a bit less with bio than it would with petrol diesel.We noticed a lot less wear on the engines too with cylinder seals and such,the oil filters and engine oil seem a lot cleaner when changeout time comes.Fuel filters seem cleaner also,I was expecting them to be worse than with straight diesel fuel/heating oil.Lot less carbon buildup in the boilers and chimney stacks.That time is approaching again and I will see if I can get some hard maintenance numbers for you.

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