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01-24-2003 09:04:25

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Can a Petrol/Parafin TED 20 be run on petrol alone. Will this harm the engine?

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James, UK

01-27-2003 00:30:41

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 Re: TVO vs PETROL in reply to Kishore, 01-24-2003 09:04:25  

To answer your question, no it won't harm the engine to run it on petrol alone.

Of more interest is that you say your engine is sooting up, which may indicate a rich mixture anyway, so running it on petrol may not help fix the problem.

If you don't want to buy your TVo in 44 gallon drums, try this mix:-

4 gallons paraffin
1 gallon petrol
250ml two-stroke oil (for the smell and upper cylinder lubrication)
1 pint of diesel (optional - mine doesn't like it)

There are other variations, but they are all about the same.

I think I'm right in saying that TVO has a slightly higher calorific value than petrol, so you can usually throttle back a bit when running on TVO - this helps economy a lot.

James, UK

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01-27-2003 05:42:18

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 Re: Re: TVO vs PETROL in reply to James, UK, 01-27-2003 00:30:41  
Thanks James. I am waiting for a carburettor kit from the UK. This will probably sove the problem.

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01-24-2003 21:19:25

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 Re: TVO vs PETROL in reply to Kishore, 01-24-2003 09:04:25  
It will run on petrol but will probably use a lot of it compared to TVO. I can't get mine changed over to TVO fast enough as it just guzzles petrol and is much more economical on TVO. I think is because the petrol is thinner and goes through the carb main jet more easily. Also the jet sizes are different. The TVO jet is bigger than the TEA. I think you'd definetly need to adjust the mixture to suit running on petrol. If it runs too rich the unburnt fuel will tend to wash the lubrication from the cylinder walls. That can also happen with TVO if its switched over before the engine is hot enough to vapourise it well.

Whether it will cause damage if the mixture is adjusted properly I really don't know.

There are TVO mix recipes about that would let you mix a TVO substitute that would probably be more economical than petrol and avoid any risk of damage. But I realise that maybe you're asking the question for an entirely different reason.

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01-25-2003 00:06:16

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 Re: Re: TVO vs PETROL in reply to David, 01-24-2003 21:19:25  
Thanks David. Fortunately TVO/Power parrafin is still available in South Africa and I do not have to mix it. However I was thinking of running on Petrol for some extended periods to burn off the excess carbon in the engine. It is also easier for me to get petrol. TVO I have to order specially in 44 gallon drums.

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