Re: Skoolie explores the rockies
Nat is correct. I've run a genset and my tractor here in South Carolina where it's much warmer and found that straight veg oil kills diesel engines over time. I had to completely tear them down and clean everything. The buildup inside the engine on the rings and the rest of the surfaces in the engine was the worst I'd seen in over 25 years as a marine mechanic. Also understand, for a diesel engine to build any sort of heat, it has to be under load. Simply idling an engine (even at a high idle) will not force the injection system to use enough fuel to make much for Btu's. A better way is with probably an aux heater like some school buses have for use in cold weather. Use it for the main house heat and to be able to get the engine started and use the main engine to keep a battery bank charged since solar will be minimal during overcast skies (not to mention snow and ice on your solar panels is using them. Biodiesel is definitely the way to go but it too has gelling issues. Just my 2 cents, for what it's worth.
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