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Old 03-30-2006, 02:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Heater Hose Block Heater

Does any body know where I can get an electric coolant heater for my 6.9 that I can plumb into the heater hose? I know I have seen them before, just can't find anything... After the crack I am dealing with now, I will not use a freeze plug style block heater ever again....
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Re: Heater Hose Block Heater

Mike,
I would imagine most, if not all auto parts stores would have them, or should be able to get them. Perhaps someone like J.C. Whitney would have them. Tim
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Re: Heater Hose Block Heater

I bought mine at a heavy truck parts store.
The brand was zerostart 1000w 120v it gets
conected inline on the heater core hose.
cost was around $50.00 part#3305002
hope this helps.
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Old 03-30-2006, 10:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Heater Hose Block Heater

<font color="green">Mine is a KATZ I think.

It is very important to mount these below the level of the water-pump, the lower, the better.

This is so that the heat can go up and circulate the coolant.

If you simply mount it in the heater hose, it will only warm the water above it and not the engine.

I installed a fitting in the drain-cock opening of the radiator and mounted the heater beside the frame-rail, then ran a hose up in front of the radiator and "Y"ed it into the heater hose that mounts in the side of the block.

The cold water leaves the radiator, is heated, and the hot water travels up and over, entering the block, and warming the engine.

On a zero day, plug in for two hours and it will start like July.

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Re: Heater Hose Block Heater

Most farm supply stores carry them.

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Re: Heater Hose Block Heater

there are the type that go into the lower radiator hose as well, but I prefer the canister style, which is what you refer. They are circulating style, and the actual proper way to hook them up is to go through the drain plug and t- into the heater hose, that way you get better circulation.
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Re: Heater Hose Block Heater

Autozone carries them.

The up side to the radiator-hose mounted heaters is they are much easier to install.

Before buying a canister-type heater, I suggest you make sure you can get your block drain plug out, as you must run a hose to that hole to use the canister heater.
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Re: Heater Hose Block Heater

Tractor Supply Company Carries them. They are relatively inexpensive there. I have one on each of my vehicles and they are great. They don't have them on their website but most of the stores do carry them. autozone and oreillys have them too.
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Re: Heater Hose Block Heater

Thanks a lot everyone... I just did not remember seeing them at all around here...but then again, I wasn't looking..LOL!! I will do some checking locally at the places you recommended..

Thanks again for the info.. I will see what I can find.

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