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Old 02-16-2011, 01:44 PM
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Question Biodiesel use in a 6.0

What percentage of biodiesel is safe to run in the 6.0? Could 100% be run in the summer? or even 100% be run in the winter with a seperate heated tank? Basically with the temperature not being an issue, can it be used just like in the 7.3? Or close to being compatible enough?
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If you are actually talking about bio diesel and not some blend concoction I would say yes. I have run home brewed B100 in my 7.3 for thousands of miles.
You may have to change the fuel filter a time or two at first depending on how clean or dirty your fuel system is.
You can cut it with dino for cold temps. 70/30 should get you well below freezing, the oil stock and quality can have some effect on that.
You can heat the tank as well but I never have, so I can't speak about that.
To my knowledge there is nothing different about a 6.0 that would keep you from using Bio unless it has a DPF or Cat Converter. If it has either I think they need to be removed first.
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Yes I am talking about full on biodiesel, just as stated in the first post. And I'm also inquiring about the use of biodiesel in a 6.0 not a 7.3


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should be fine. as far as fuel systems are concerend they arent so much different than a 7.3 that it woudl cause issues. i would go B100
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when you all say B100, you mean veg oil right? So in the warmer months of the year you can run straight b100 in your diesel tank and it will start and run perfect?
sorry for my ignorance, however i am very interested as Diesel is going back up and i said i refused to pay over $3gallon and now i'm paying $3.40/gallon. I'm looking for a way to bring my costs down, especially if its going to hit $4-5/gallon again this year.
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when you all say B100, you mean veg oil right? So in the warmer months of the year you can run straight b100 in your diesel tank and it will start and run perfect?
sorry for my ignorance, however i am very interested as Diesel is going back up and i said i refused to pay over $3gallon and now i'm paying $3.40/gallon. I'm looking for a way to bring my costs down, especially if its going to hit $4-5/gallon again this year.
No he means biodiesel. My partner has 40K miles on B100 in his 2005 F250 w 6.0.

Whatever you choose to put in your tank make sure its filtered and dewatered. Seems like folks think they can just roll up to a restaurant and put free oil in their tank, doesn't work like that.
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where are you all getting B100? i cant even find B20 around my area...
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when you all say B100, you mean veg oil right? So in the warmer months of the year you can run straight b100 in your diesel tank and it will start and run perfect?
sorry for my ignorance, however i am very interested as Diesel is going back up and i said i refused to pay over $3gallon and now i'm paying $3.40/gallon. I'm looking for a way to bring my costs down, especially if its going to hit $4-5/gallon again this year.
It will, and your best choices are biodiesel or straight vegetable oil (svo, also called wvo for waste vegetable oil).

B100 refers to 100% biodiesel. B50 means 50% biodiesel and 50% regular diesel. B20 means 20% biodiesel and so on...

Generally speaking, you can run B100 in your factory tank in the warmer months but have to run something less concentrated when its cold (B70, B50, or B20). If you have an auxillary fuel tank that's heated, you can run B100 year round. But if you're adding a second tank that's heated, the better route would be svo.
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thanks for the clarification! as always you guys are a HUGE help. Now i just need to find someone who's making B100
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thanks for the clarification! as always you guys are a HUGE help. Now i just need to find someone who's making B100
All depends on your location for specific percentages. Lots of companies especially newer companies may only offer B-50 as the highest percentage available due to operating costs, expired credits, and demand, etc. But if you can only find B-50 it is still an excellent fuel and offers way more than enough lubrication for your injectors, etc.

Studies conclude that only 2% biodiesel offers enough lubrication for our engines and is better than any other type of lubrication based additive including 2 cycle oil.

2% would be just over a half gallon in a 29 gallon tank.
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