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At what temp does fuel start to gel?

Ok guys, I got stuck with a full tank of fuel (none winter blend) with Diesel Kleene in it but it's the warm weather additive and now it's like 10 degrees outside with wind chills below zero. Am I looking for trouble here? I have the truck plugged in but I'm fearing the worse.... At what point does normal diesel fuel start to gel up and become my worse nighmare?

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I dont think you should worry. i mean a tank of fuel dont last that long. Most all ulsd dont gel up till all of the fuel reaches any were from -12 to 5. Windchill wont hurt it. I have never run winter blend and have not had a problem.
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just dump in some of the white powerservice or what ever your anti gell choice is and you should be fine also most places around here (wisconsin) start blending fuel about november they just switch all the pumps so even if it is not blended in the summer it is in the winter but you may not know or if you have been somewhere where it doesnt get cold you may have gotten non blended

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I got this off of this website: Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel a Concern in Cold Weather | Lancaster Farming


"The cold filter plug point (CFPP) — the point at which, during laboratory testing, fuel will no longer pass through a fuel filter due to temperature decrease which causes the fuel to thicken and “gel” — are starting in the +10 to +18 degree Fahrenheit range with untreated ULSD, making it a challenge to get the gelling temperatures well below 0 degrees Fahrenheit with fuel additives and/or kerosene."

You might want to take a look at Power Service diesel 911 I think it comes in a red bottle, it is for emergency de-gelling of diesel and use an anti-gel from now on.

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Thanks for the info guys.... I'm stopping for some 911 on my way home from the office just for a piece of mind if nothing else.

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