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you know the reddy heater that you plug in, they are a big cilinder on top
of a tank. they can burn kero and diesel.....
.....can they also burn biodiesel...was thinking of testing batches in a $100
reddy heater vs testing my batches in my $1500+ 7.3

thanks


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Location: Philly, Pa | Registered: September 03, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Yes you can burn BD in a reddy heater, but it is easier to blend it with kerosene.
 
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Because the ignition point of biodiesel is significantly higher than petro-stinky-diesel or kerosene, some torpedo heaters work better than others. I have had pretty good luck with my "multi-fuel" torpedo heater with the continuous "glow bar" ignition system. Some have a spark ignition system. I would be less confident about that.

You will tend to get more flame-outs on straight bio. It will also be harder to light when it's cold out (like when you need it the most). Mixing with kero is a good idea. If the bio turns into a solid gell in the tank because you stored the heater outside and it got down to 18F, solid fuels don't work in torpedo heaters. Don't ask how I know.

HTH,

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Location: north america somewhere close to the midwest, or not | Registered: May 29, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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There is a thread over on the "Biodiesel for Heating" forum with lots of good info on running a torpedo heater:

http://biodiesel.infopop.cc/ev...1078231/m/7251068521

Here's some info about what ajustments you may need to consider:

http://biodiesel.infopop.cc/ev...901094942#9901094942
 
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thanks for the posts, i would really only be using it as a test subject....i am a realtor and do not need a job site heater.


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Using bio in the heater isn't going to give a direct comparison to how well it functions in a compression ignition engine. You may make perfectly good fuel for the 7.3 that doesn't function worth a hoot in the heater. I have never used bio in a heater though, just my .02
 
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I agree with DD.
Use the the 3/27 conversion test and the soap titration along with a 5 micron filter ahead of your fuel tank and you will be good to go.
Burning it in a heater will give no indication of the quality...
Jon
 
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well it looked good on paper

again, thanks for the posts


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