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Old 01-22-2014
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Default Ideas needed re. Heating coolant before startup

What is the most effective / cheapest way to warm up your coolant before startup?

I'm thinking solar panels to run a block or coolant heater and a pump to move the coolant. With coolant lines running the length of the bus, where's the most effective spot to install the heater: at the engine or elsewhere.

Most people's interest in this is based on easier starting in cold weather, or preventing condensation in the motor that rusts its insides. Mine is to allow earlier use of vege oil that needs to be heated (by hot coolant) to allow easier flow as engine fuel. The motor and vege tank are at opposite ends of the bus.

PS - I'm open to an oil heater IF that's the most effective way to heat the coolant. Conceivably it might be since the engine oil is in one spot (the motor) instead of spread from there to the other end of the bus the way the coolant is.
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Really? Are you serious? Too far from an outlet or something?
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Old 01-23-2014
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Mike -
I'd like it to be warm and ready to go without plugging / unplugging every day. (It's my daily driver, so I'd like to get the most from the cheaper fuel.)
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I doubt you can get enough solar to run a block heater effectively, if that is what you mean. But an elect block heater is probably the most cost effective way to heat the engine. If you just don't want to plug in, a Webasto Scholastic will do it.
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Problem is,he needs to heat the block and the veggie oil at night,so it will run in the morning.
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run a diesel boiler to heat the coolant and the grease, seems straight forward enough if being off grid is that important.
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Problem is,he needs to heat the block and the veggie oil at night,so it will run in the morning.
So what he needs is Lunar power?
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So what he needs is Lunar power?
Right you are!
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The solar is not going to work. You would need 1/2 the roof covered with panels to charge a bank of batteries to handle the draw over night. There is a 110 and 220 volt plug-in auxiliary heater-pump you could add to your coolant system that could be programmed to come on 2 hours before you start it in the morning that would be cost effective and would not draw power from your bus. I use one in a WVO rig now and I can start on grease when it is below freezing. It is normally at 110 degrees at start up. They cost around $120.00 for a good one that could handle your bus. Just Google 110 volt coolant heater.
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Up north we use Webasco heaters they run on the fuel oil and heat the block, via 12v and fuel oil. That would be a choice.
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