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Old 12-19-2008, 05:47 PM
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B100?

Anyone use B100? I just bought my first diesel today and was wondering if I could use B100? It looks like we in Houston have a bio station but it only serves B100. Noob here so if I am ignorant, well just get over it.
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:18 PM
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B100 is a strong solvent and will clean out your fuel system which is great. What's not so great is when your fuel filter clogs while driving with everything the B100 has brought up to the filter. So keep a spare with you. Four other concerns. In winter B100 gels at about 35-40*F so many blend in diesel with it. B50 is half B100 & half #2. Another issue is it eats away natural rubber so if your fuel system has any rubber hoses they will eventually melt into a black sticky goo. Another is its cost. With #2 at a 4 year price low, it really does not make sense using a fuel that costs so much more unless you are making it yourself. The last is its BTU ratings. B100 has 7% less energy than the same volume of #2 so theoretically your power and mileage will be less. Having said all that...go for it unless your morning low temps are around freezing. If they're that low then go ahead and blend some with some #2.
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What year is your truck? In the late 90's? all the manufacturers switched to synthetic fuel lines. I'm up in Jersey. I have a 2008. I'm currently running 30% bio (Make my own). Temps below 30 are pretty common this time of year. I'm not having any problems. As the temp increases (around March), The % of bio will increase. By May, I'll be running 100% until at least september.
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The "new" truck is an '06....the reason I asked about B100 is because I think that is the only bio station close to me. I did read somewhere else that it will eventually deteriorate the rubber. I guess I could just fill half bio at a time. I wonder if that would have the same results.
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You will be fine running the B100. Go to the auto parts house and grab a spare fuel filter or two just in case it cleans out your fuel tank. Where are you buying from Houston Biodiesel or American Greenfuels??? If you are on the southwest side this place has B100 for $2.25 per gallon Fuel and Lube Bio Fuels. or up off of 290 Relax...It's Biodiesel! - New Energy Fuels, Houston, Texas
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:34 PM
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I saw Houston Bio diesel on the net and thought that would be a good place to go. Just got the truck home and found out it has a SCT Xcalibrator 2. Don't really know how to use it. Any ideas?
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I wouldn't run B100 at anything below mid 60's. I have had it wax up filters at 56 degrees. B50 will get you down to about 45. I run B100 from June thru Sept. here in Md. Truck runs great on it. It's an 05. Back to #2 for the winter or until I convert it to a vegistroke.
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The gel point of the fuel will be determined by the quality of the feedstock used to make it.
I have seen B100 in a refridge at 42 derees and it was not gelled. Bio-d that was made with less care in mind and didn't get a complete reaction may gell up at 55 degrees.
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It doesn't have to jell to wax your filters up and stop the fuel flow. It just has to be cold enough to start the wax particles forming.
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The filters are heated.
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