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Alternative to winter fuel

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wsmm

11-24-2021 09:00:21




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I posted earlier about my 2N being a problem to start in the cold weather in mid-Michigan. One of the answers was to switch to a winter fuel. Unfortunately I don't use my 2N that much and can't afford to throw out a lot of summer or fall blend fuel. Is there any additive, that works, that I could add to improve the cold weather starts and running. During the winter I normally only use the 2N to remove snow banks around if we get a lot of snow. Thanks,
Bill

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hunkydory

11-27-2021 14:44:55




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to wsmm, 11-24-2021 09:00:21  
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My $.02: I don't worry about seasonal blends in fuel. I buy fuel when I need it and use it until it's gone. Usually 5-6 5 gallon containers at a time throughout the year.

What I make sure to do is use non-ethanol fuel in my tools. It costs a little more, but will keep until I need to use it. Inside and outside. No "snake oil" required.

I've had too many ethanol-related fuel problems to use it in anything other than the daily drivers.

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JK-NY

11-27-2021 12:51:27




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to wsmm, 11-24-2021 09:00:21  
No additive that I know of will help with this issue. My advice would be to top off the tank with some higher octane winter blend fuel and as mentioned have the tractor in decent operating condition before winter. You may find non ethanol gas with a higher octane available , or just buy some 93 octane . That will be cheaper than any additive anyway. I do notice a difference in starting with the winter formulated gas , which is sold by Nov. 1 around here.

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TheOldHokie

11-27-2021 06:17:20




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to wsmm, 11-24-2021 09:00:21  
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"Back then" the blend did not change with the seasons but it does today.

"Back then" summer gas had the same vapor pressure as winter gas but today it does not.

When you go to the pump to get regular unleaded the blend and RVP varies with the time of year you purchase it and that is why it matters today. If you are buying ordinary pump gas you are using "seasoned gas" whether you know it or not. That is a simple fact and mandated by federal law.

TOH

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Den N Ms

11-27-2021 03:37:23




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to wsmm, 11-24-2021 09:00:21  
Winter- and Summer-Blend Gas

A primary difference between winter- and summer-blend gas is their Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP). RVP is a measure of how easily the fuel evaporates at increased temperatures.

The higher the fuels RVP, the more easily it evaporates.

Winter-blend fuel requires increased RVP. If the fuel doesnt evaporate readily in cold temperatures, the engine will start hard and run rough when its cold outside.

To achieve this, refiners often blend winter gasoline with BUTANE, a relatively inexpensive additive with a high RVP. They adjust the RVP of the final formulation to as high as 15.0 psi to help the gasoline ignite readily in the cold.

Filling car with gas

The law promotes summer-blend gas

Once the temperature warms up in summer, however, high-RVP gasoline can volatilize more easily, which contributes to increased emissions and air pollution.

For that reason, federal law restricts sales of gasoline with an RVP greater than 9.0 from June 1 through Sept. 15.

To comply, refiners reduce the amount of butane in the gasoline and instead use pricier additives, hence one reason gas prices generally increase in summer.

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JMOR

11-26-2021 09:57:13




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to wsmm, 11-24-2021 09:00:21  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see.........and likely would if you skipped it.



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Btzj02

11-26-2021 06:51:52




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True that. The major difference is that the gasoline winter blend has a higher RVP then the summer blend. The RVP is a battle between environmental issues and easier starting in the winter. RVP, Read Vapor Pressure is increased by adding light ends to gasoline. Mainly, winter gas has more butane in it to help with starting. With all that said, the gas tank on the 8N is vented so those light ends can whether off if the tractor sits for months. I do use stabil when storing the old girl for the winter and she starts right up every April.

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TheOldHokie

11-26-2021 05:54:06




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to wsmm, 11-24-2021 09:00:21  
Yes Virginia there is a difference between winter and summer diesel and gasoline engine fuels. Both are reformulated for optimal performance based on the seasonal ambient temperatures and that reformulation does make a difference in starting and running. There is enough data on the details to fill a small library - all you have to do is look.

TOH



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Tim PloughNman Daley

11-27-2021 04:27:42




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to TheOldHokie, 11-26-2021 05:54:06  
whatever Mary



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Tim PloughNman Daley

11-26-2021 02:54:23




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to wsmm, 11-24-2021 09:00:21  
You can put whatever fuel you want in it, your machine. In the old days farmers ran whatever they had handy, No gas? Use kerosene, ethanol, moonshine, etc. Personally I don't believe in winter/summer/spring/fall blends. How does one prove they are different and that they run better or different? SHOW ME THE DATA! You certainly don't need to waste your money on an 'additive' snake oil product, Stabil for a popular one, --- which is what they ALL are. They all use 99% plain Mineral Spirits as their main ingredient - paint thinner and charcoal lighter fluid. You doubt? Get the MSDS info for any product and read the label and ingredients. Mineral Spirits will thin out the gas, and is safe to use internally so that is why they all use it. It is an excellent cleaner/dissolver. Do your homework dude. Basic PM, fresh fluids, tuneup every fall and a good, strong battery will work just fine in cold weather. The system has worked well for 80 years like this. My opinions but based on facts.

TPD

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Dean

11-26-2021 21:52:11




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to Tim PloughNman Daley, 11-26-2021 02:54:23  
Not so.

Such was once the case many decades ago but things have changed since the EPA took control of everything.

These days one needs winter formula fuel in the tank (and carburetor) for reliable starting (even with good compression, ignition, technique, etc.) in cold weather.

Do your homework, dude.

Dean



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Bruce (VA)

11-26-2021 12:26:31




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to Tim PloughNman Daley, 11-26-2021 02:54:23  
Regarding performance differences.......again, plenty of data out there. Here is one article:

Despite those higher prices, summer gasoline contains about 1.7 percent more energy than winter gasoline. Warmup times aside, thats why you could measure reduced fuel economy outside the summer months. Winter gasoline varies widely in volatility throughout the season. Refiners constantly adjust their RVP to as high as 15 psihigher than sea-level atmospheric pressure, which is 14.7 psito help the gasoline ignite more easily in colder temperatures. The vapor pressure varies by month, region, and octane. In frigid temperatures, higher-volatility fuel is essential and does not cause the smog effect it would in the summer. Using low-RVP fuel is a nonstarter in freezing weather; the engine wont turn over or might misfire.

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a15339380/the-vapor-rub-summer-versus-winter-gasoline-explained/

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Tim PloughNman Daley

11-27-2021 05:01:34




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to Bruce (VA), 11-26-2021 12:26:31  
What I'm saying Bruce is I don't care if you want to use spring/summer/fall/winter blend of gas, doesn't matter to me, tractor will run on whatever, doesn't really care what season blend it is, and back then there were no seasoned blends were there? I have found a good PM in the fall when it's warm and maintaining the battery (Battery Tender)properly so it is ready under a full charge and load when you need it works best. Heck, there's some fellas out there that believe you need to only use a non-leaded blend for their N's because they only had leaded fuel back then. Considering it is a waste of time and money myself, plus the cost is double what it is per gallon than regular unleaded, I'll pass every time. Again, show me the data. Fine with me if you want to do all that, use racing fuel if you want, it's your tractor so you can do whatever you want.

TPD

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Bruce (VA)

11-27-2021 05:05:35




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to Tim PloughNman Daley, 11-27-2021 05:01:34  
Again, show me the data.

I did.

Did you miss the post?



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Bruce (VA)

11-26-2021 04:30:43




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to Tim PloughNman Daley, 11-26-2021 02:54:23  
Lots of data out there on the subject.

https://www.gasbuddy.com/go/summer-blend-and-winter-blend-gasoline



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Dean

11-25-2021 06:56:17




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to wsmm, 11-24-2021 09:00:21  
No snake oil for this issue.

Dean



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Btzj02

11-25-2021 05:06:27




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to wsmm, 11-24-2021 09:00:21  
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Agreed and don't forget to check battery fluid levels along with your maintenance.



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Tim PloughNman Daley

11-25-2021 03:10:19




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to wsmm, 11-24-2021 09:00:21  
You are over thinking this way too much. Do standard PM in the fall when it is warmer out - fresh oils, a good strong battery on a float charger, fresh full gas tank, and if you want, heaters on it. I'm in mid-MICHIGAN and never used heaters, stored N's in pole barn, unheated. Kept up with PM and they always started. The best thing you can do is keep the battery ready to go. Since you say you don't use your 2N that much in winter, a Battery Tender is you best friend no matter what time of year.

Tim Daley(MI)

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Bruce (VA)

11-24-2021 09:15:52




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to wsmm, 11-24-2021 09:00:21  
Drain it out and put it in your car. Mixed w/ what's already in there, it will be fine.



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Dean

11-25-2021 06:55:05




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 Re: Alternative to winter fuel in reply to Bruce (VA), 11-24-2021 09:15:52  
Bingo.

That's what I do.

Dean



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