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  • What heated fuel pick-up are you using?

    Curious to find out what types of heated fuel pick-ups everyone is using and how they are performing. If you are using a HotFox or similar, do you have it oriented vertically or horizontally? If homemade, what material is it made of and how is the coil or tube configured with the fuel suction tube? What are the coldest temps you have experienced and generally, how satisfied are you with what you have? Thanks. - Patrick

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    The majority of folks on here are using the heated tank with no heated pickup. I used to have the older style with hotfox mounted vertically in the center of the tank. It wouked fine and IMHO was better than heating the entire tank like we are now.
    I'm lookin at getting rid of this tank and might go back to a hotfox actually. I sold my old tank a month ago and kinda wish i hadn't.

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    • #3
      let me add, the downfall of a hotfox is when using PH oil, it will not melt the oil fast enough if temps. are cold enough.

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      • #4
        Clay, what's your thoughts on using the two together - heated tank and a Hotfox?
        Greasin & Grinin
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        • #5
          Seems like that would be the best of both worlds...
          Greasin & Grinin
          Vegi oil powered since Aug 08
          2006 F-250 PSD - CC, Lariat, 4X4 - Vegistroke converted 1/27/13!!
          2008 F-250 PSD - CC, Lariat, 4X4 - Sold
          2005 F-250 PSD - CC, Lariat, 4X4 - Sold

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Marv View Post
            Clay, what's your thoughts on using the two together - heated tank and a Hotfox?
            Overkill unless you live in Alaska.
            I do not like the heated tank i have to begine with...i would take a hotfox or similar heated puckup over this. The very best in tank heated pickup i have seen is the Frybrid design. very nice and only heats the oil being consumed for the most part. I will put a ball valve and bypass line on my tank for summer so i can completely shut off the coolant to the tank when it gets hot from April to Oct.
            Last edited by Clay; 12-19-2008, 08:37 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by CHenry View Post
              Overkill unless you live in Alaska.
              I do not like the heated tank i have to begine with...i would take a hotfox or similar heated puckup over this. The very best in tank heated pickup i have seen is the Frybrid design. very nice and only heats the oil being consumed for the most part. I will put a ball valve and bypass line on my tank for summer so i can completely shut off the coolant to the tank when it gets hot from April to Oct.
              I've found that keeping the valve for heater core open about 1/4 is PLENTY to keep cab toasty in all but the coldest conditions. Of course I do close it all the way in summer!! I use 1/2" copper 'sweat' 1/4 turn ball valves. 5/8" heater hose clamps nicely around the stubs of rigid copper you'll sweat onto the valve. In F350, I made the 'tee' for coolant tie-in out of copper and heater core valve is sweated to one side of the tee. If yer paranoid, you can cut a 1/2" coupling into 'rings' that you can sweat on end of pipe for clamps to grab. make sense?

              Has anyone tried placing the HotFox in a 6" or so 'baffle' inside tank? This should increase its ability to warm the oil around it. Also, a shorter tank seems like it would be more efficient than a tall tank.

              I ran an unheated tank my first VO winter and used alot of PH oil. I found that 10-15% diesel, kero, etc was plenty to keep VO liquid enough to get into heated fuel lines, etc...
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              • #8
                Originally posted by skyskijason View Post
                I've found that keeping the valve for heater core open about 1/4 is PLENTY to keep cab toasty in all but the coldest conditions. Of course I do close it all the way in summer!! I use 1/2" copper 'sweat' 1/4 turn ball valves. 5/8" heater hose clamps nicely around the stubs of rigid copper you'll sweat onto the valve. In F350, I made the 'tee' for coolant tie-in out of copper and heater core valve is sweated to one side of the tee. If yer paranoid, you can cut a 1/2" coupling into 'rings' that you can sweat on end of pipe for clamps to grab. make sense?
                I'm confused, we were discussing tank heat and your talking about cabin heat? I need to drink more coffee and read this again maybe...lol
                Has anyone tried placing the HotFox in a 6" or so 'baffle' inside tank? This should increase its ability to warm the oil around it. Also, a shorter tank seems like it would be more efficient than a tall tank.
                That is exactly the design Jason should be considering i think. Just like the frybrid design.

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