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Old March 12th, 2006, 08:59   #8
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Location: CT
TDI(s): '98 Jetta

"so thats one area that I would like advice on. Do short trips (2-5 miles one way, 5-10?) do more damage or does it matter with veggie oil and the elsbett system? "

With a single tank, Elsbett says to avoid short trips. But hey don't define what is short. IMO, anything less than 6 miles is short. If you do primarily short trips, you might not get the WVO hot enough to burn completely, and risk carbon buildup in the cylinders. However thinning with 10-20 dzl or kerosene should ameliorate this problem.

" What damage (over time) is being done by adding kerosene or other additives to combat gelling? "

That test is already being done with petrodiesel in cold climates.
Most D2 is blended with some percentage of D1 / kerosene.
One poster to this forum was a commercial blender in upstate N.Y. many years ago. He posted that he shipped blends of 50% D1/kerosene. If there were any problems, wev'r had heard about them by now.
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