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    Another Diesel low temp tip

    Hiya,

    I've used this trick a few times on the fuel oil tank in my garage to keep the furnace running by warming the fuel just enough.

    Get a old style drop light or a clip on chick lamp and put it so its aimed at the bottom area of the fuel tank. The infrared from the incandescent lamp will warm the black tank and the fuel in it, maybe just enough so that your tractor will run without clouding or gelling until its warm enough on its own to circulate warm fuel back to the tank. You can also do this to the pump on the engine and the filters.

    Just be careful and don't go crazy with the wattage, stick to what it says is the limit for the fixture and give it time to work.
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    Amazing how much heat a 60w bulb puts off. I run a bulb in the water well fake rock- works great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomd999 View Post
    Hiya,

    I've used this trick a few times on the fuel oil tank in my garage to keep the furnace running by warming the fuel just enough.

    Get a old style drop light or a clip on chick lamp and put it so its aimed at the bottom area of the fuel tank. The infrared from the incandescent lamp will warm the black tank and the fuel in it, maybe just enough so that your tractor will run without clouding or gelling until its warm enough on its own to circulate warm fuel back to the tank. You can also do this to the pump on the engine and the filters.

    Just be careful and don't go crazy with the wattage, stick to what it says is the limit for the fixture and give it time to work.
    Good tip Tom!

    I've used the drop light or heat lamp trick to take the chill out of engines over the years. It gets the job done. "A little heat goes a long way!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulitt View Post
    Amazing how much heat a 60w bulb puts off. I run a bulb in the water well fake rock- works great.
    Quote Originally Posted by Superglidesport View Post
    Good tip Tom!

    I've used the drop light or heat lamp trick to take the chill out of engines over the years. It gets the job done. "A little heat goes a long way!"
    With incandescent bulbs being done away with and banned, we're going to be in trouble in regard to this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    With incandescent bulbs being done away with and banned, we're going to be in trouble in regard to this.
    I think there back?? I still see them for sale in Menard's. I know for a while they were all gone from the shelves but I've seen them back for about two years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcabe5 View Post
    I think there back?? I still see them for sale in Menard's. I know for a while they were all gone from the shelves but I've seen them back for about two years.
    Probably new old stock.
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    I’ll never forget this. One winter a long time ago I worked with a friend cutting trees through a winter that was cold like this. It was just the 2 of us - he cut and I skidded with a nice 550 long track dozer with a winch.

    We were way back in the woods. After a good weekend snowstorm we had to hike part way. Got to the dozer and she wouldn’t start. Now what....he said no problem and commenced starting a fire under the dozer. I was awed - a small fire under the oil pan for an hour and she fired right up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    With incandescent bulbs being done away with and banned, we're going to be in trouble in regard to this.
    There is an endless supply on Amazon and Ebay. Even the dreaded true 100W incandescents.
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    The other year when we had snow every day seemed I was outside 2 times a day for weeks. I would hang the shop light next to the engine, seemed to make a difference. So this year I haven't , if we start getting snow I'll probably start again.
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    Throwing a moving blanket over the hood draped to the floor helps dramatically as well. With a source of heat it can be almost as good as having it in a heated space. Really makes a massive difference in heat retainage.
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