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I usually don't bother plugging mine in until it gets below freezing. The truck will start much more easily, run better while warming up, and warm up very quickly. The heat will work almost immediately. The downside is it can cost $.50-$1.00 a day or so to run it depending on your electric rates, but a lot of that is made back up by the fuel savings of the fast warm up. Diesels really suck fuel when they're cold. A timer set to turn on a few hours before you leave in the morning will save you some money on electricity. You don't really have to plug it in, though. It will still start even if it's below zero.
Like Scuffy said, fuel additive is your preference. I use Power Service Diesel Kleen. It seems to pick up a little MPG when I run it. If you're worried about gelling, you can use the white bottle in the winter time, but I wouldn't worry about it unless it gets way colder than -10 or so. I've never seen gelling when running no additive, and it gets below zero where I'm at. The winter formula diesel is already set up not to gel.
2006 F-250 Powerstroke Crew Cab Lariat Long Bed 4x4 FX4
SCT Xcal2 with Xtreme tunes by Innovative
Banks Monster Exhaust/Quadzilla Commander
ARP Head Studs and Elite Sneaky Pipe (Thanks Scuffy)