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Phil H

06-20-2008 06:53:24

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Does anyone know what the differance between number 1 and #2 diesel used to be? Other than cost. It always seemed to burn cleaner with less smoke, but now that most of the engines are turbo charged, maybe the smoke isn"t an issue. I was wondering if it was mixed with kerosene or ???? It was more expensive, and it didn"t seem to be for just certain climate ranges. Just curious if someone ever thought of this.

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Handsome Jim

07-11-2008 22:02:10

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 Re: NUMBER 1 OR 2 DIESEL? in reply to Phil H, 06-20-2008 06:53:24  

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Handsome Jim

07-11-2008 22:02:09

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 Re: NUMBER 1 OR 2 DIESEL? in reply to Phil H, 06-20-2008 06:53:24  

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06-23-2008 09:51:03

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 Re: NUMBER 1 OR 2 DIESEL? in reply to Phil H, 06-20-2008 06:53:24  
I used to haul fuel, When we loaded #1 diesel it was the same thing as Kerosene. Kerosene is more refined so it is more expensive. What fuel you use depends on what the lowest temperture you expect. Use #2 (it has more lubricants in it)when ever you can, As it gets colder out start blending you fuels (your fuel stations start doing this when it gets colder and stays there,ask them what blend they are using)#2 fuel is ok to use down to 30 degrees, after that you should start blending your fuel. Or just add anti gelling additives to your fuel

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Tramway Guy

06-20-2008 12:40:27

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 Re: NUMBER 1 OR 2 DIESEL? in reply to Phil H, 06-20-2008 06:53:24  
#2 has more BTU's per gallon, so you can do more work on the same amount of fuel. Use it anytime you can get it, except for the coldest months.

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Foghorn Leghorn

06-20-2008 10:15:50

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 Re: NUMBER 1 OR 2 DIESEL? in reply to Phil H, 06-20-2008 06:53:24  
Number 1 diesel is mostly kerosene or otherwise known as Jet A. It gells at a much lower temp than #2. It does NOT lubricate as well as #2 used to, so it should be avoided unless necessary.

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Garry from SD

06-20-2008 07:40:12

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 Re: NUMBER 1 OR 2 DIESEL? in reply to Phil H, 06-20-2008 06:53:24  
If I'm not mistaken, #2 was used in the warmer months and #1 in the colder months. Reason being is that #1 can take colder temps before it gels.

I don't know if it was cost or something else that had anything to do with it but the farmers made sure #2 was in the tanks when it was warmer.

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