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#1 Mike OFFLINE  

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Posted December 10, 2010 - 08:28 AM

Good morning to all.
I was wondering what is the best way to heat to oil in the block for easy winter starting. I have used the magnetic block heater type but on a 10hp tecumseh there are no real flat spots for the magnet to sit on so it does not work great. Is there any kind of internal block heater a guy can get for our Manitoba winters. (No room in garage for it). Thanks!!!

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Posted December 10, 2010 - 08:56 AM

They make a block heater for cars that just replaces the dip-stick.
It isn't a big enough heater to be very effective on a car engine with 4 or 5 quarts of oil but it should work very well on a small air cooled engine.

Do you have a way of putting something like that down into your engine ?
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Posted December 10, 2010 - 10:52 AM

That is a great idea. I have heard of those before. Now I have to find one.
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Posted December 10, 2010 - 10:55 AM

I have heard of guys putting a trouble light with a 100w bulb in it under the tractor and the covering the tractor with a blanket or a tarp to help hold the heat in from the light. Might be another option.

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Posted December 10, 2010 - 12:31 PM

I've used the light bulb before, little bit of a PITA, but it works ok. Take a look at Kat's heaters, they make all sorts of options, and I think they make a dipstick one. I got one of the silicone pad one's for my air compressor, and it works great!
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Posted December 10, 2010 - 12:43 PM

I use a torpedo heater that I move from one side of the engine to the other. It makes the engine start like it is summer.

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Posted December 10, 2010 - 01:29 PM

I wrap a battery blanket around the engine as best as possible. It works okay, not great.

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Posted December 10, 2010 - 04:00 PM

I don't want to scare you away from the dipstick heater, but I have heard that they can "burn" the oil. I don't know from personal experience, so if you choose that method, I would check the condition of the oil periodically. Just thought I'd mention that.

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Posted December 10, 2010 - 04:04 PM

Thanks all. I will look into Kat' heaters

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Posted December 10, 2010 - 04:11 PM

I don't want to scare you away from the dipstick heater, but I have heard that they can "burn" the oil. I don't know from personal experience, so if you choose that method, I would check the condition of the oil periodically. Just thought I'd mention that.


I've heard that also. Plus at least one tractor burnt down as the dipstick heater shorted out & caught the tractor on fire. But then there's a bad story connected to most any product somewhere down the line.

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Posted December 10, 2010 - 05:48 PM

When I worked for the landscaper they had truck mounted salt spreaders with air cooled vertical shaft engines on them, mostly B&S or Honda's. We started running synthetic engine oil in them and that solved alot of the winter starting problems. Engines would turn over faster and easier. In a good engine with fresh synthetic oil in it at the start of the season, by the end of the season it was still clean and never needed to be topped up.
The biggest problem we had with those engines was water in the fuel, if it didn't start or run right 99% of the time it was water in the fuel, when really cold out it would freeze and block of the fuel line, when the outside temp. warmed up ice would melt, water in the fuel. You would be surprised the problems that 2 or 3 drops of water would cause.
Another thing we did was always leave the fuel tanks full, right to the top to minimize condensation in the fuel tanks.

Edited by DH1, December 10, 2010 - 06:18 PM.
forgot something.

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