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need to no about running biodiesel

ive been thinking about running biodiesel in my truck since diesel priced went up to 3.00 a gallon will it hurt my engine or do i need to change anything to run it?
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Keep a spare fuel filter on hand, and you will be fine. Some have had a problem clogging filters for the first few thousand miles, but I never did.

There is a differance between WVO/SVO and bio, I hope you know. If you are going for WVO/SVO, you will want to make a few mods to the truck to make it run right. Other than that, regular store bought bio at the pump will work fine.

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Are you home brewing Biodiesel or running WVO/VVO?

The biggest issue with WVO/VVO is acidity, which cannot be filtered out.
An alkaline like sodium hydroxide must be used to raise PH to safe levels for extended use.
Once that's done you just need to wash and filter it to make it into Biodiesel.

If you're buying Bio at the pump, stick with B2, it's the most economical and low-temperature (winter) friendly.

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im gunna be doing home brewed biodiesel. Do any of yall no where i could buy some that has already been made in texas?
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For starters, you shouldn't have too many issues related to cold weather in Ft. Worth. I run B20 year round and haven't had any issues in 3 years.

Learn how to make the stuff correctly before you run it through your truck. Test. Test. Test. I would rather waste a few batches than destroy my truck with poor quality and I'm certain you feel the same. It's not that it's difficult to do, but the steps need to be followed consistently to get good results in every batch.


http://www.biodiesel.org/buyingbiodi...tate.asp?st=TX

List of where to buy BD retail in TX.

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would there be any issues if i wanted to alternate tanks of b100 and regular diesel?
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I can't think of any.

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You might have gelling issues with the B100 in cold temps, other than that you shouldnt have any problems running two differant fuels.

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He's in Ft. Worth, TX.

He might have gelling issues, but it'll have to get fairly chilly.

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