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Old 10-13-2010, 06:56 PM   #1
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Default summer and winter diesel fuel

We are getting closer to that time of year, where we will
be switching to winter diesel fuel.
Can a person mix the two diesel fuels without any issue.

Like, if I have 1/2 tank of summer diesel left in my
tractors, can a person just top off with winter diesel.
Or, to get rid of the summer diesel, can I blend it with
winter diesel.

Right now, I'm trying to not buy anymore diesel fuel until I
absolutely need it, but I'm sure I will have some summer diesel
left over when winter hits. Same thing will apply next spring
when I have left over winter diesel.

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Default Re: summer and winter diesel fuel

Yes, put some additive in with the mix and you will be fine, we go through so much we have a pup trailer that goes around filling things, we are now at 5 degrees C in the mornings and some of the tractors really don't care for what they are drinking but after a few moments they are fine, excavators don't seem to care.
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Default Re: summer and winter diesel fuel

Last couple times we fill the tanks prior to the really cold weather we get the winter grade. Never had a problem mixing them. We do use a stabilizer and algae treatment year round. I've never heard of anyone having a problem mixing the fuels.

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Default Re: summer and winter diesel fuel

"Q: Is cold weather fuel "different" from summer fuel?

One TDR (http://www.turbodieselregister.com/) member works for a fuel pipeline company that blends fuels for northern climates.He posted this information to the TDR forum:
Most fuels are blended by the refinery. Our #2 has a flashpoint of 138F to 148F in the winter months and 150F to 170F in the summer. We add 1.25 gallons of Paraflow 527 per 1000bbls of each reciept. Our straight #2 diesel has a cloudpoint of -10 to-15.Our premium diesel has a extra additive package and is good to -20 to -25. Some customers from colder climates in our area will custom blend their fuel to their climate. This is done by the carrier(truck) at the rack and is usually 70/30 or 75/25. To make it short.if you live in a colder climate you are probably getting blended fuel. I use a regular diesel with 50ml of Amzoil Cetane booster in every other tank. I have not had any problems down to -30.

Our #1 diesel runs at 110F to 130'F flash and 41.0 to 44.0 gravity at 60 - all depending on the season. #1 is a hotter fuel and lighter than #2. "

On the farm we use Deere additives...so we just change our additives from the summer formulation to the winter one...
https://jdparts.deere.com/partsmkt/d...onditioner.htm
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Default Re: summer and winter diesel fuel

I live in a Northern Climate, and run a diesel truck (Chev 2500HD) and my 2320,..This is the first I have heard of "cold climate diesel"??? I just buy what is at the pumps. Should I be running premium in the winter on both perhaps???
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I live in a Northern Climate, and run a diesel truck (Chev 2500HD) and my 2320,..This is the first I have heard of "cold climate diesel"??? I just buy what is at the pumps. Should I be running premium in the winter on both perhaps???
This is what I have used in all of our Duramax Diesels in the winter...

Economic cold weather protection

* Fuel Gelling Protection - pour point reduced by as much as 40F (22C), depending on base fuel
* Reduces ice formation of water in fuel
* Contains no alcohol
* Specially formulated for ultra low sulfur diesel
* Can be used with bio diesel up to B5 (5% bio content)

http://www.stanadyne.com/view.php?id=76
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I like FPPF Polar Power or Power Service. I've had the best luck with. Nothing worse than being gelled up in the winter. I change the fuel filter each fall and drain some of the fuel and moisture out of the tank before adding any additive for the winter. slkpk
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I live in a Northern Climate, and run a diesel truck (Chev 2500HD) and my 2320,..This is the first I have heard of "cold climate diesel"??? I just buy what is at the pumps. Should I be running premium in the winter on both perhaps???
You get winter diesel anyway. I always check as to when it comes in as I only buy my fuel at the CO-OP and they are very good about this. I would recommend you check where you buy your fuel about it as well. BTW I have never seen premium diesel fuel in these parts as even furnace oil here is dyed diesel according to the CO-OP manager at the AG center.

I run Texas Refinery DZL-PEP Artic additive in my diesel fuel year round as it is what most farmers around here have used for years.
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