All the talk about gelling diesel, kerosene, and cold weather got me thinking. I starting asking questions of a couple local fuel suppliers yesterday and today.
I went to a bulk fuel supplier (BP) in Rochester that has a bunch of pumps lined up for the general public to use. Iím not kidding when I say that they have about every fuel that you would need...1 pump of each.
Their winter diesel blend is 20% #1. I bought 6 gallons of straight #1 there.
Today I went to the local BP station in the small town near where I live, and bought 12 gallons of their winter blend. I went inside, and asked them some questions. The woman at the counter had a sheet with all the info that I was asking about. They had just reworked their blend to 50% number 1. She said the cold filter plugging temp would be -30 deg F
Their #2 with cold flow additive had a cold filter plug temp of -5 deg
Both places (both of them are BP affiliates) confirmed that kerosene and #1 were identical base stocks.
Anyway, I thought it was interesting that the 2 places (both BP) had very different winter blends, and that they are both fiddling with the ratio to meet expected local temperatures. So buying diesel from a place that sells allot is definitely important.
The blend can vary widely.
I stopped by the JD dealer and bought some extra fuel filters too. I think Iím ready for the brutal cold next week (-32 degF) weds morning...I will need to feed the cows