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Diesel fuel in my torpedo heater??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by leadsled01, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. leadsled01
    Joined: Nov 19, 2004
    Posts: 1,123


    My brother swears we can run diesel in my torpedo heater. Is this true? Just doesn't sit well with me.. Please educate me.
  2. Porter Man
    Joined: Oct 14, 2007
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    Porter Man
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    from Mound, MN

    You can run diesel in those heaters,I think it smells a little more.
  3. t-town-track-t
    Joined: Jan 11, 2006
    Posts: 884

    from Tulsa

    my experience is that it will work, it will however smoke a little more, and produce noticeably more fumes. Diesel is much more oily than kerosene, remember that in a diesel motor, the fuel acts as an upper cylinder lube.
  4. #1 proabbly would work close to kero and be pretty smoke free kero is best but not cheep 4.75 at co op, 2.89 at fleet farm
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  5. henry29
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 2,721


    I run it in mine all the time, I dont notice it unless I'm right in front of it for a while.
    Joined: May 23, 2005
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    from AUSTIN,TX

    little stinkier, but a cool byproduct is it burns way hotter, too. meaning You don't have to run it all damn day to stay comfortable. hour or two in the morning, hour or two after lunch and dress appropriately, and Your'e golden...brown.

    after a week, You will have a noticably sore throat. here in Austin, it really only gets cold enough to run a torpedo a couple weeks out of the year, and typically, somehow, we always end up with that random 60-80 degree day here and there, so it's easy to recover from.

    Hmmm...I wonder if a biodiesel fuel or greasel would work...worst byproduct there would be a constant craving for french fries....
  7. Dirty2
    Joined: Jun 13, 2004
    Posts: 8,904


    I run 4 gal of diesel and 1 gal gas mix , runs cleaner . Been doing it for years .
  8. super-six
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 190


    I've tried diesel fuel and got a lot more fumes out of it. Kerosene and diesel fuel run about the same price around here at this time.
  9. ol gasser
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 336

    ol gasser
    from here

    I used Diesel fuel in my home furnace for 5 years never had a was cheaper then kero but not anymore.
  10. Lux I bet the biodiesel would work well.
  11. LUX BLUE
    Joined: May 23, 2005
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    from AUSTIN,TX

    I have 0 experience with the stuff other than understanding the theory.

    is it any more cost effective?
    any potential inhalation risks that do or do not occur with Dino juice?
    do You have to add the "antifungal" to it if You store it like regular diesel?
  12. bobwop
    Joined: Jan 13, 2008
    Posts: 5,953


    i would be concerned about biodiesel "quality". check for purity, cloud point, gel point and parafin level.

    regarding the diesel instead of kero, smoke and odor are the issue. Another issue is the gel point if it gets very cold. If you go to No. 1 to reduce the gel point, you may as well run kero as the price diff is not great. I might be inclined to try the diesel/gas mixture instead.

    another option is to keep the shop warm with an electric heater so the fuel in the torpedo doesn't gel :)
  13. Years ago we used Soydiesel in a construction project underground at the Eros Data center (govt). We ran our Bobcats on it as there were no nasty fumes. Prior to that the guys would run the 'cat then have to let the space air out before work could resume.
  14. leadsled01
    Joined: Nov 19, 2004
    Posts: 1,123


    Thanks guys... My brother only buys gas from a station that doesnot sell kerosene, so he bought diesel instead. I just wasn't sure if it had some bad side effects or not.
  15. Used to run it but, sore throats were to much to handle, doc said it was fron the sulfur in the desiel
  16. bobwop
    Joined: Jan 13, 2008
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    wonder if this new ultra low sulfur diesel would be enough better to avoid the sore throat issue?
  17. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 6,103


    Untill recently diesel was cheaper then kerosene around here,I paid about 4 dollars a gallon for kerosene a couple weeks ago but the other night I paid 2.99. I was thinking about using diesel but dont know now since kerosene is down some now,if it goes up I will use about 75 percent diesel and 25 kerosene and see how it does. Jeff
  18. Probly! Because the stuff sucks as fuel for our trucks since they took the good shit out!
  19. unclerichard
    Joined: Jun 30, 2005
    Posts: 235

    from Michigan

    Back when I used that type of heater, I only used kero because of the smell. #1 diesel was what I used in a pinch because thats what we have here in bulk, but I know I couldn't stand the fumes and smell. I have oil heat here in the house, but that is thru a furnace which furnace oil is closer to #2 diesel
  20. toadfrog
    Joined: Dec 2, 2006
    Posts: 299

    from Arkansas

    The new Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel fuel does not stink or have the fumes as the #2 Diesel of old.... ran mine for several hours today.

    Most of the newer heaters are Quad fuel, they work on Jet A, Kerosene, #1 & #2 Deisel.
  21. Rusty Kustoms
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 238

    Rusty Kustoms

    whatever you use just make sure it is not Jet A, it smokes and smells worse than diesel, it will also give you a nasty headache
  22. 3Mike6
    Joined: Jan 2, 2007
    Posts: 704


    I only run deisel in my my torpedo heater, no smell, stink, etc...well, I take that back, the only time it smells/etc, is when it runs out of fuel and belches some smoke, other than that it's just a good a Kerosene. I use Deisel since I buy some for "offroad" and save the taxes, plus, no one real close sells bulk Kero.
  23. deal with that stuff, odds of buying Jet fuel from a jobber are slim.
  24. VenturaMotors
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 77


    Paid 5.99 per gallon for kerosene at Sunbelt Rentals in town.That will teach me not to ask the price! I think i will use the 114 octane i didnt use last summer.
  25. lowkroozer
    Joined: Jun 1, 2006
    Posts: 600


    What about replacing kerosene torpedo heater with a propane torpedo heater.Works a bunch better than that stinky old kero torpedo I had. Since I switched,headaches & sore throats are gone. Also more heat.

  26. yup, i use 3 gal diesel, 2 gal gas. no headaches, no sore throat....
  27. I have a Quad Fuel heater, I use Deisel only because its more convenient to get.

    Got my heater last year...loving it...longer hours outside to work on the rides on those cold nights.

    Sometimes I shut the garage door 3/4 down for air circulation...great T-shirt weather after a while.
  28. Where are you guys getting Kerosene for reasonable prices?

    Winter before last I bought 5 gallons in a sealed can at Home Despair $35.

    Last winter they didn't have any.

    This winter their web site shows $35. a can.

    At least you get a good drain oil can out of the deal.

    I've been economizing with my kero turbine heater by using it to take the chill off the garage/shop.
    Starting it at the big door, pointed outside and letting the glow plate - or whatever it is - come up to temp before pointing it inside and closing the big door about 3/4 does the trick.

    About 15-30 minutes of running takes the chill off and the double reflector propane heater gets fired, set on low with both reflector/burners going and pointed at the work area does pretty good.

    Might take longer to heat up the garage this morning, overnight lows the last couple of nights were in the mid-20's and this morning 30 degrees F.

    Garage was 27 inside yesterday morning.
    Ya think the beer will freeze?

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