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Biodiesel questions

I'm still learning about the ins and outs of my truck. I recently found a place near the house that sells biodiesel but i wanted to clear a few things up before I go fill up. I have seen lots of shows on tv that deal with alternative diesel fuels, but there are so many different processes that the techniques all run together.

1. Do I need any modifications to run off the pump biodeisel such as a tank warmer like with wvo to keep it in liquid form?

2. Is it ok to use in a vehicle that sits a lot? I have multiple vehicles and sometimes the superduty sits for a week or so without being driven.

Last price I got from this place wasn't enough less than diesel to make it worth while if I have to spend any money on the truck so your help is appreciated.
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I'm still learning about the ins and outs of my truck. I recently found a place near the house that sells biodiesel but i wanted to clear a few things up before I go fill up. I have seen lots of shows on tv that deal with alternative diesel fuels, but there are so many different processes that the techniques all run together.

1. Do I need any modifications to run off the pump biodeisel such as a tank warmer like with wvo to keep it in liquid form?

2. Is it ok to use in a vehicle that sits a lot? I have multiple vehicles and sometimes the superduty sits for a week or so without being driven.

Last price I got from this place wasn't enough less than diesel to make it worth while if I have to spend any money on the truck so your help is appreciated.
Check in here. Lots of info and knowledgable people to give advice.

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Thanks rdc, I'll check it out.
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it wont hurt your truck one bit! most biodiesel in the U.S. is B20 or B25 which means it is 80% petroleum diesel and 20% chemically treated waste vegetable oil or 25% vegggy oil if its b25. Being at least 75% traditional petroleum diesel, it will not gell up any worse than straight up traditional diesel in cold weather, maybe like 2-3 degrees higher of a gell point but its so close to normal diesel that it doesn't matter. As far as the truck sitting for a week without use, that won't be a problem either because it is chemically blended. I am a high school senior and i run the B20 biodiesel that the energy classes make every few weeks and yes i lose 1-2 miles per gallon but it's free haha....i have been running it whenever the classes make a batch for 3000 miles or so and no probs.
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No modifications, dump it in the tank in any proportion with petrodiesel. Main concern is cold weather gelling depending on the feedstock the fuel was made from it can start to cause problems anywhere from 30-50F using it unblended.

I typically run B50-B75 in the winter depending on the temps here (southeast PA) and B100 as soon as it stays above 45F. We had our fuel tested and it will start to clog a filter at 28F, however there is a cumulative effect at 32F meaning if it stays cold for a period than it will clog a filter at higher temps.

depending on how dirty your tank is you may have to change your filter quicker than normal if you start using a high blend because biodiesel will act as a solvent and clean out your tank and lines.

Lower emissions, better for your engine, made from a local sustainable source- whats not to love?
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