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Upgrades and Aftermarket - 99 & up 7.3L Engine Upgrading or adding OEM or aftermarket equipment to your 1999-Up Super Duty or Excursion with 7.3L Power Stroke diesel engine. Please confine discussion of topics in this forum to those items that are specific to the 7.3L Power Stroke engine.

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Old 12-03-2006, 07:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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diesel fired coolant heater

Does anyone use a diesel fired coolant heater on their truck? I am intrested in adding one. They are quite expensive, but if I can find a used one in good shape I might do it. I run my truck on WVO and it would help it switch over faster and have heat right off [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif[/img]!
Proheat,espar and webasto seem to be the big names.
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Re: diesel fired coolant heater

I suggest posting this in the bio diesel and WVO forum.
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Espar has been around for years. I am not convinced (for me anyways) that they are that great of a benefit. In stead of plugging in to your block heater at night, you would now need to plug into a battery charger to keep the Espar unit from sucking your batteries down. Not a warm fuzzy feeling IMO I would investigate thoroughly before purchase.
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Found a propane one here.

Here is a 240v coolant heater/pump.
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Re: diesel fired coolant heater

You might PM Pat Dolan. I believe he has a Webasto or Espar installed in his truck. He hails from The Great White North so he should be able to give you some good information (IIRC).

On edit: I found this from Pat by searching all forums for Espar or Webasto. [ QUOTE ]
Although I now live in the bannana belt (where winter temperatures seldom stay much below -40 or so) I used to live in Northern Manitoba, and still work a lot in Northern Alberta (no where NEAR as cold as further East - i.e. MB). The number one thing to do is change ALL of your lube oils to full synthetic. Although you can go with 0W-30 in the engine in really cold weather you can't leave it in when it warms up, so, I find that 5W-40 Delvac 1 will crank just fine at -45/-50 and works great year 'round. I use Mobil 1 ATF in the gearbox and transfer case, and 75W-90 Mobil 1 in each axle. I also use full synth grease for the steering and driveshaft. Keep some good gel-cel (non-flooded) batteries with battery blankets (80W electric warmers), the dual alternator option is great (if you are ordering new), the factory block heater is fantastic, but if you can't plug in, I use a ESPAR D5 diesel-fired heater that runs from a bank of auxiliary gel cells. A winter front is really nice, but a "nose garage" is required for really cold/windy places.

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