Compression Ignition Addict
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Asheville, NC
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According to some of the most recent threads and posts that I have been reading, even after you have been running your truck while up to full temp, and then if you bring it to a stop and allow it to idle, it's really not good to allow it to idle for more than a minute or two, IF even that long, due to coking in the combustion chambers, etc. This is of course while using SVO. Our diesel trucks run cool at idle, OR better yet, they cool off considerably while at idle even after being run. So with this in mind, trying to start the truck knowing that you haven't acheived at least 140 degrees before the injection pump wouldn't be to say that it wouldn't work entirely, but I WOULD cringe at the thought of what it would be doing to the pump and the engine itself while the fuel was that thick.
I guess to answer your question, the only way to heat up anything is run the truck for about 5 minutes or so to get the SVO temp high enough.
If you make a lot of short trips it might not be the most cost effective way for you by converting the truck itself instead of the fuel. Everyone has their poison with this, and mine happens to be converting the fuel...ONE big reason being I make alot of short trips in my truck. This point has been debated but when it's done I have chosen to convert the fuel itself and I have found what works for me. I'm about to log 6000 miles on biodiesel and blended WVO. I have had no noticeable power loss or rough running engine, no fuel mileage loss, not one irregularity regardless of weather, even on mornings of starting the truck in the low teens. I do always plug in at night or cold starts in the mornings, etc
Keep reading and then read some more and you'll find what works for you. Cheers