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Old 01-31-2011, 10:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The closest fuel stop to my house actually doesn't sell regular diesel It's a BP and they sell BP biodiesel. I'm drawn to it for 2 reasons, 1-price...it's quite a bit cheaper than regular diesel fuel. 2-it's close to home. I've tried to find info on the fuel, but I'm not getting much out of my searches. I get info on making my own biofuel, not info on bp biodiesel. I asked the cashier about their fuel and they replied, "what's biodiesel?" I pretty much felt like that was exactly what I asked them. Is this a blend of diesel and biodiesel? Or is it pure bio? Can I even run pure biodiesel around Chicago with the cold temps?
I have some rubber lines, will it trash them or is it ok to run. I don't know anyone that runs this stuff, and I've never seen anyone at the pumps to ask them about it. Thanks for your time!
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im not sure how bio is made myself but i do kno that almost all diesel anymore is B5 or B10 atleast and im sure the bp stuff is just a blend as well maybe B25 or so. but im sure someone with more knowledge will step in here and help you out
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I know alot about how biodiesel is made...I should, as I make it myself. The highest concentration a station will sell typically is B20, which is 20% Biodiesel & 80% diesel - the B is the percentage of biodiesel. The reason B20 is the peak, is as that is sort of the magic number that a number of manufacturers has said is okay. So you'll see all sorts of biodiesel ranging from B2 to B20(the colder the area, the less B typically), and then occasionally you'll find B100.

You can run biodiesel, but it will probably clean out your system - read frequent filter changes for a while especially if you haven't used fuel additives fairly regularly. The other thing to be aware of, if it's cold, it will cloud/gel sooner - the good news is that a lot of the diesel additives work, or at least say they do, up to B20.
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Thank you for the info. I've used additives in the truck for the last 2 1/2 years, I'm hoping the fuel system is clean. The fuel tank is very clean, I took it out of a gas f250 and had to retro fit the fuel pickup and fuel level sending unit/float. We've got some really cold weather coming up so I think I'll try running some biodiesel after it warms back up a bit. This is my money maker right now and I can't risk it gelling up on me.
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