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Straight Vegetable oil for fuel

Well Ive put this off as long as I can. Theres no more fuel to buy anywhere around here. Since I dont like walking I have no choice but to try the vegetable oil for fuel. Wasnt sure if this was the best place for this question since its not mpg but at least it has something to do with fuel

I bought 2 gallons of vegetable oil tonight. The label says its made from soybeans. Ive searched the net most of tonight trying to find info on running it in the truck. It looks like it will be ok to run it as fuel but I wanted to see if anyone had any experience with it. Id rather just buy diesel. Im not into experimenting on my truck but as I said there isnt any diesel left to buy around here. Everyones tanks are dry. So Im going to add it to the tank tonight or early in the morning. If anyone has had any experience with this stuff please post info before I add the stuff.

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Re: Straight Vegetable oil for fuel

If you try to run it straight wthout a heating element keeping it warm(and thinned out), it will clog up the fuel system. That means new fuel pump, and blowing out all the lines(don't ask how I know).

I've had this experience on my Dad's truck(he runs a veggie system), and it was unpleasent to say the least when the switching valve got stuck on veggie oil and I didn't know it, and the oil was too cold and thick.

If you have a full tank or so of diesel and you dump less than 5 gallons in it should prolly mix and be OK, maybe cut it with kerosine if you've got any and a good fuel additive.

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Re: Straight Vegetable oil for fuel

Ive only got a few gallons left of diesel. Im guessing 2 or 3 since the gauge is showing 1/8th of a tank. The stuff I bought even at 60 degrees sloshes around like water so I was hoping it wouldnt gel on me. But I know zilch about this stuff. There might be kerosene for sale somewhere around here.

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Re: Straight Vegetable oil for fuel

Yes, it needs to be warmed or it will clog the fuel system..
If you had like a nearly full tank, and wanted to stretch it, you probably could do that..
raw oil isn't B-anything.. it needs to be chemically washed & refined into diesel fuel, which would then be B100

where are the Fed Ex and UPS guys getting their fuel?

I really find it hard to believe that some carpetbagger hasn't found an old fuel truck or contracted a company to deliver fuel down there...

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Re: Straight Vegetable oil for fuel

Well I went on the service call this morning and just ran what was in there and didnt add any vegi.

Made it back home but the distance to empty showed 13 miles still and the gauge is pretty much on E.

Im calling around trying to find diesel in the surrounding counties so I can go get it in the car when the wife gets home. If I strike out Ill have to renew the tag on one of my cars. Was hoping to just drive the truck this year.

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Re: Straight Vegetable oil for fuel

Renewing the tag on a car could be much cheaper in the long run considering you may kill your fuel pump and possibly starve your injectors should the oil clog the fuel system up, which it can and will if it's not heated.

Veggie oil is still too thick at 90* ambient temp to flow through the system very well.

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Re: Straight Vegetable oil for fuel

I have been mixing it a 25-30% for a few years with out heating it. Just use common sense with the outside temp and cut your ratio back from there.
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Re: Straight Vegetable oil for fuel

I managed to get by without having to add the vegi. Still have it in case this happens again

Good news is we have diesel local again and its 3.88 a gallon too !!!!!!!

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Re: Straight Vegetable oil for fuel

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